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Clouds on the Horizon

by Jake Mohan 


Tags: environment, global warming, climate change, meteorology, Think Progress, Grist,

tornadoSummer hasn’t even officially begun, but we’ve already seen an abundance of freakish weather ranging from the inconvenient (blackouts caused by spring heat waves) to the disastrous (tornados, flash floods, and wildfires). Think Progress’ Wonk Room (thanks to Grist for the link) has assembled a list of the damage done by extreme weather just within the last month. The link between climate change and shifting weather patterns is getting harder to refute, and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2007 statement (PDF)—asserting that global warming induced by human activity will most likely cause an “increase in the frequency of hot extremes, heat waves and heavy precipitation”—resonates even more strongly amid this spring’s meteorological abnormalities.

Image by pingnews.com, licensed by Creative Commons. 

joshua_2
6/18/2008 5:59:43 PM

Still undecided about the whole global warming thing. There's just too little data available given the vast period of time we don't have information about.


pam_1
6/18/2008 6:57:45 AM

AMAZING photograph! It does seem as if every time I turn on the tv, some freakish bad weather is hitting some part of the US. It seems a lot more often this year than in years past. I for one am really happy to see Al Gore endorse Obama. When Obama is president, I think a lot more attention will be paid to the global warming crisis and the future.