Fog-damp and gray this early Wednesday on California’s north coast, another heavy marine layer hamming-up the environment — although yesterday morning looked like right now, the afternoon turned out pretty sweet, with bright sunshine and a gentle breeze.
Maybe more of the same today?
Despite our pleasant conditions here, severe weather the norm for middle America — tornadoes in Minnesota, to flooding in Tennessee, the warming landscape intensifies weather ingredients, making for a worse time.
(Illustration found here).
Influence of climate change, it seems to me, can be understood more fuller through understanding of the word, ‘exacerbate,’ which means to aggregate, or worsen a given situation — few things are actually, directly ‘caused‘ by global warming, but just about ‘everything‘ is exacerbated by it, from tornadoes to rainfall, making shit way-shittier.
The violent weather in the US midlands (via WunderBlog): ‘The moist conditions have been fostered by consistent southerly flow of near-surface air from the Gulf of Mexico, and at times by upper-level moisture streaming into the U.S. from the tropical Pacific, where El Niño continues to intensify.’
And that south Pacific is way-warmer than ever, making next winter a real, hyper-active weather bitch.
Yet America is still behind behind the climate-change curve — via Time:
People in much of Latin America and Africa see climate change as the number-one global threat, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.
About 60 percent of survey respondents in both regions say they are very concerned about the issue.
More than 70 percent of respondents in Uganda, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Peru, Brazil, the Philippines and India say they are more concerned about climate change than economic instability, ISIS and Iran’s nuclear program, among other issues.
In the U.S., 42 percent of people surveyed say they are very concerned about climate change, lower than all but one other issue.
Only 19 percent of people in China say they are concerned about climate change.
More than 60 percent of Democrats say they’re concerned about the issue, while only 20 percent of Republicans agree.
In the United Kingdom, 49 percent of people on the left say they are concerned about the issue, compared to 30 percent on the right.
In Brazil and Peru, where 75 percent of people say they’re concerned about climate change, deforestation has been on the rise in recent years, according to the report.
In India, where a heat wave earlier this year killed more than 2,000 people, 73 percent of people say they’re concerned about climate change.
My underline for emphasis — just last week, an emotional imprint of the disaster building within the world’s oceans: ‘Our CO2 emissions are acidifying the seas at least 10 times faster than at that cataclysmic moment — maybe 100 times faster.’
Please, say it slowly, ‘ex·ac·er·bate,’ and seek not to weep…