I know, I know, one unusually hot and dry summer doesn’t confirm global warming. However, these recent news stories certainly can’t be ignored.
Close to home, there’s this article on a report from those radical environmentalists at the U.S. Forest Service. After sifting through decades of international climate and fire data, researchers say we’re going to have longer wildfire seasons and more frequent fires “with the greatest increases observed in the temperate coniferous forests of the Northern Rockies.”
Then there’s this snippet from High County News’ Heard Around The West:
On June 11, Glacier National Park celebrated its 100 millionth visitor. Tourists might want to visit the glorious park soon, says Montana Magazine. Out of 150 glaciers counted at the turn of the century, only 25 remain, and by 2030, not a single one is expected to survive.
From my own personal experience last weekend, the grandkids had a little farther to walk to splash in the waters of Flathead Lake. It’s down about a foot from full pool, meaning the shoreline is two or three feet further out, depending on where you are. Not a big deal for the kids but according to another radical environmentalist, John Hines, Northwestern Energy Vice President of Energy Supply:
Northwest Montana, often the wettest part of the state, has in recent weeks been torched by temperatures that have cracked the 100-degree mark. The lack of moisture and heat caused early run-off of an already below-normal snowpack. Now we are faced with persistent low flows in the Flathead River drainage.
He adds that “farmers and ranchers, river guides, recreationalists, fish and wildlife, and all aspects of our economy are being hurt.”
Skeptics will point to record cold and snowfall on the East Coast in 2015 or the “Antarctic vortex” that brought snow to Southeastern Australia and coldest temperatures to Antarctica in five years.
That’s why scientists have replaced the term global warming with climate change. There’s irrefutable evidence that the planet is gradually heating due to anthropogenic (manmade) activities, but it’s being accompanied by bizarre weather patterns, desert floods, droughts, dying oceans, cyclones …
The U.N.’s chief climate scientist says the world is at “five minutes before midnight” when it comes to the deadline for averting severe climate change.
It will be around 2070 when my grandchildren, who I referenced earlier, reach my age. Assuming they survive, they’ll be vilifying our generation for our failure to address the warning signs. The time to act was yesterday.
TRANSPARENCY: After getting some grief about using snowcapped peaks as the title photo, I changed the image to the above drought shot.