Friday, July 06, 2012

Scientists Say Ongoing Weather Extremes Offer Proof of Climate Change

From AlterNet:

But the run of extreme weather offers real-time proof of the consequences of climate change, said Kevin Trenberth, who heads climate research at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Colorado – itself the scene of devastating wildfires.

"We are certainly seeing climate change in action," he said. "This year has been exceptionally unusual throughout the United States."

Jeff Masters director of meteorology at the Weather Underground website, told Democracy Now: "What we're seeing now is the future. We're going to be seeing a lot more weather like this, a lot more impacts like we're seeing from this series of heat waves, fires and storms."

He added: "This is just the beginning."

More here.

It doesn't matter whether you buy this or not. This is the science. You can say you don't believe the science, which makes you an ignorant weirdo, but unless you're a climatologist, you don't have a seat at the discussion table. This is what the science says. And it's not at all good news. Shit, man, even Exxon agrees that this is real and happening. Of course, their response is that mankind will adapt to it. Trouble is, we're not adapting to it. Global warming is happening right now, and any and all efforts either to reverse its effects or take measures to "adapt" are bogged down in stupid political and economic bullshit.

Politicians and self-proclaimed champions of the American way go on and on about how this is the best country in the world, about how our democracy is the greatest form of government ever created: clearly, our system is inferior and fucked up; we can't seem to do anything about this.

And our great civilization is doomed to utter collapse because we can't get our shit together.