Sunday, April 29, 2012

Global Warming Effects Showing Up

One of the misconceptions about global warming (and there are many) is that the effects won't be felt for decades or centuries. This encourages a 'Why should I care?' attitude among the general public. When scienti sts say the glaciers will be melted in 350 years, it doesn't sound off the alarms for most people.What we need to do is to show people that global warming is already affecting their daily lives. And, the evidence keeps rolling in.

A report this week shows water evaporation is accelerating. By studying the ocean's salt content scientists have found that the water cycle has increased by 4% over the last 60 years. This means drying places will dry even more and do it more quickly. And, that water will eventually come down meaning wetter places are getting wetter. In fact, what is being seen is the dry areas of the world are getting dryer and saltier, while rains in other regions are getting bigger. In other words, droughts and floods are both getting more frequent and more severe. This is what has been predicted all along and now we are seeing it.

It will continue to get worse over the coming decades. If you live in a dry area, it will get drier. If you live in a flood-prone area, it will flood more often.

So tell me, if the effects of global warming happen just as  predicted, how is it the deniers still don't get it? I would say it is getting more and more difficult for deniers to deny global warming, but the science has long been so overwhelming that it is already clear they will have no problem ignoring any science that comes along.

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