How’s this for a New Year’s resolution? Stay cool. That’s what the earth has to be saying to itself as average annual temperatures continue to climb thanks to the growing coverage of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.
I think everyone knows the weather, especially this winter, has been nothing short of whacky. My roommate called his mother in Boston on January 4th and she was gardening. My parents were in jeans and t-shirts in Burlington, Vermont, a state who’s maple syrup producers have shrunk dramatically in the face of warming winters. A friend from college called my on New Years day saying he hadn’t been for a jog in shorts and a tshirt in January for as long as he could remember. He lives on Lake Michigan in Chicago.
While some would like to continue to challenge the fact that the earth is warming, I like to think that events like Katrina, winters like this one and maybe summers like last, all act as convincing arguments for the reality of climate change.