Global Warming Is Causing More Severe Weather

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Global Warming is causing more severe weather according to scientists and weather researchers. The incidence of severe weather is continuing to increase at an alarming rate.

Melting polar ice and the disruption or redirection of the Jet Stream are the major causes of the extreme weather. Human caused global warming was previously dismissed by people as a myth. Now people are starting to take global warming seriously as they themselves suffer the consequences of extreme weather.

While acknowledging further analysis is necessary to determine precisely why Americans increasingly say they believe in global warming, researchers at the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, the organizations that conducted the survey, justifiably speculated a likely factor is extreme weather with a record number of heat waves, droughts, wildfires and violent storms.

Read More: Switch Board

The effect of extreme weather is affecting the entire planet and fossil fuel burning or CO2 emissions are to blame.

The advice from scientists is to cut dangerous carbon pollution now!

ELLSWORTH, Maine — According to a Maine-based environmental advocacy group, there is evidence that Maine has been experiencing warmer temperatures and more “extreme precipitation” events in recent years.

In a prepared statement released Oct. 16, Environment Maine said increases in extreme weather have been attributed by scientists to global warming. More severe weather events can be expected in the future, the advocacy group said, if carbon pollution emissions that are fueling global warming are not reduced.

The National Weather Service confirmed it has gotten warmer in Maine but noted that precipitation records are inconclusive.

“Given scientists’ warnings that recent trends in extreme weather are linked to global warming, we need to cut dangerous carbon pollution now,” Nora Graubard, field associate with Environment Maine, said in the statement.

In making its case, Environment Maine cites data that indicates:

• From January to July 2012, Portland’s average temperature was 48.2 degrees, or 3.6 degrees higher than past averages. During the same period, Bangor’s average temperature was 46 degrees, also 3.6 degrees higher than past averages.

• For both Bangor and Portland, the first seven months of 2012 were the second warmest from January through July in 72 years. Nationally, the same time period was the warmest on record.

• Maine experienced a 74 percent increase in extreme precipitation between 1948 and 2011. Fierce storms that used to occur once a year now occur nearly every seven months.

Rich Okulski, a meteorologist with National Weather Service in Caribou, said Sunday that climatic data does indicate that temperatures in Maine have been increasing in recent years. He said it is not clear from data collected by the National Weather Service that there have been more frequent heavy precipitation events in Maine during the past decade or so.

Read More: Is Maine experiencing more ‘extreme’ precipitation? – Bangor Daily News

The research on the affect that carbon emissions is having on the Jet Stream is only just starting to see the light of day. It has taken many years to accumulate the data, but the evidence is rather compelling.

Loss of Arctic Sea Ice is the major cause of the disturbance. It is said that the affects of the loss could be irreversible or it may also take centuries to repair.

Just as it took years for scientists to define how the El Nino pattern affected weather thousands of miles away from the source, it will take time to define exactly how the new global weather pattern is likely to affect us. Like that weather pattern, this one affects us by altering the jet stream, that wave of air that brings high or low pressure, hot or cold air, billowing across the country. The early word is that this will make the jet stream wave slow down, creating more severe north-south “meanders” in the wave.

The research also suggests we should expect more extreme weather, like heavy snow, heat waves and flooding — which is consistent with long-standing warnings associated with climate change.

Read More: Loss of Arctic Sea Ice Linked to Global Weather Changes – Daily Green

At this point in time it has become absolutely critical that we as a species address the issues of global warming and start to take the matter seriously.

In the near future, extreme weather caused by Global Warming will not only have a devastating impact on our lives, but it will also change the way we select our leaders.

Leaders will be chosen by their environmental policies.

Leaders of the future will not be selected by the promises they make to increase the nations wealth, they will be chosen by their ability to implement effective environment controls in order to avert the impeding extremes caused by CO2 emissions.

In the mean time we can all start to reduce “Carbon Pollution” by reducing our personal  carbon footprints. It is been suggested that people don’t care about the environment anymore and that many folks feel that technology will solve all of our problems.

This “Technological Utopianism” sounds like a good idea, but it takes the responsibility away from us as individuals.

To find out what you can do as an individual to help the environment click here.

Check out the video below to get some ideas on reducing your  footprint at home.

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