I’m a conservative Republican and I believe climate change is real. It’s time for my fellow Republicans in Congress to stop treating this environmental threat as something abstract and political and recognize that it’s already affecting their constituents in their daily lives. If we don’t change our party’s position soon, our voters will punish us. It is well past time for Republicans to recognize the increasing costs and dangers associated with a changing climate. Scientific data empirically substantiates rises in sea and land temperatures which have materially increased over the past 20 years, increased acid in our air and seas, and rising sea levels, which have also increased velocity over the past 25 years. In the past few years, the U.S. alone has experienced record-breaking tornadoes and flooding, devastating hurricanes, and expansive wildfires. The doubling of the deep ocean heat content in the past 20 years portends significantly more severe storms … [Read more...] about I’m a conservative Republican. Climate change is real.
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When Michael Howard arrived for a checkup with his lung specialist, he was worried about how his body would cope with the heat and humidity of a Boston summer. “I lived in Florida for 14 years, and I moved back because the humidity was just too much,” Howard told pulmonologist Dr. Mary Rice as he settled into an exam room chair at a Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare clinic. Howard, 57, has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive lung disease that can be exacerbated by heat and humidity. Even inside a comfortable, climate-controlled room, his oxygen levels worried Rice. Howard reluctantly agreed to try using portable oxygen, resigned to wearing the clear plastic tubes looped over his ears and inserted into his nostrils. He assured Rice he has an air conditioner and will stay inside on extremely hot days. The doctor and patient agreed that Howard should take his walks in the evenings to be sure he gets enough exercise without overheating. Then Howard turned … [Read more...] about Has Your Doctor Asked You About Climate Change?
As if we needed Michael Cohen’s testimony for confirmation, it has been evident for a long time that President Trump neither knows nor cares much about Africa. That could end up costing African countries and the United States dearly. By way of explaining why he considers Trump a racist, Cohen told the House Oversight Committee last Wednesday that the president once asked him whether he “could name a country run by a black person that isn’t a ‘shithole.’” Recall that Trump also applied the “shithole” label to African and Central American countries last January. Also recall that an ill-informed presidential tweet about its land policy last year angered South Africa, and that Trump once made Africans cringe by misidentifying the country of Namibia. First Lady Melania Trump did make a high-profile visit to Africa last fall, drawing attention to — among other things — U.S. humanitarian efforts. Yet Congress has had to bat back … [Read more...] about The U.S. could end up paying dearly for Trump’s disregard for Africa
We Should Set a New February Snowfall Record Today All we need is 4 inches of snow to set a new all-time snowfall record for February. We should have that by lunchtime. Heaviest snows fall morning and midday hours, with 4-8 inches for most spots. Definitely plowable. In fact this may be the most snow from a single storm this winter. 6.3 inches fell on February 6-7. We may top that today. The sun peeks out as we dig out Thursday, before the next shot of light snow late Friday. Models spin up another significant storm over the weekend, but ECMWF keeps the heaviest snow bands over southeast Minnesota and Wisconsin Saturday night. A few more inches may fall in the metro area, cementing our new February snow record. Whatever cold-crystalline-magic is in your yard today will still be there 1-2 weeks from now. No big sloppy thaws are brewing yet. And yes, we'll definitely earn our spring this year. Map credit above: Praedictix and AerisWeather. Model Spread. NOAA's models show a range … [Read more...] about Warnings Posted: On Track For Snowiest Month Since December, 2010
Another depressing poll result from one of the more reputable sources: The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Sept. 30-Oct. 4 among 1,500 adults reached on cell phones [excellent!] and landlines, finds that 57% think there is solid evidence that the average temperature on earth has been getting warmer over the past few decades. In April 2008, 71% said there was solid evidence of rising global temperatures. Why the drop? According to the experts that appear in the Guardian's story, it's the economy and corporate propaganda: Michael Dimock, the associate director of the Pew Centre, said the economic crisis and the struggles over healthcare reform had squeezed out climate change and the environment as issues of concern. "The public is just not as focused on global warming and environmental [issues] as they have been in the past." But James Hoggan, a PR executive and author of Climate Cover-Up, blamed an intense lobbying campaign … [Read more...] about Explaining plummeting belief in anthropogenic climate change