Global warming: in case you missed it [OPINION]
Posted by: KC Orcutt
Published on: August 2nd, 2012 at 4:00 PM
The headline, “In Case You Missed It, Greenland Just Melted”, is absolutely terrifying to me. What’s worse is that it’s not an Onion article.
94% of Greenland melted in July.
As reported, as of July 8, 40% of the ice sheet had undergone thawing at or near the surface. As of July 12, an estimated 97% of the ice sheet surface had thawed.
This is the largest ice melt in 30 years of satellite observations.
We’ve also broken the records for warmth, ice melted and rising sea levels from runoff each summer for the last six summers.
So just what will it take for people to dramatically change their habits, or is the damage already done?
This editorial in Rolling Stone was extremely well-written and addresses such questions.
As reported, May was the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of the entire globe exceeded the average of the 20th century.
The numbers speak for themselves and there is all sorts of statistics out there. Point being, our planet is heating up and frankly it’s a scary thing to read about and witness.
People like to argue about whether or not global warming is real or not. I think that should be the last thing that people are focusing on. Whether or not your personal views lay on one side of the spectrum or the other, I think we can all agree that our planet could use some tidying up and people could alter their daily routines to help save the planet. It’s all easier said than done, as we’ve seen.
As reported by Rolling Stone, Barack Obama didn’t attend the 20th anniversary of the 1992 environmental summit, where nothing was accomplished. George H.W. Bush flew in for the first meeting, but Obama didn’t even have it on his radar.
I think that we need to refocus where our energy should be spent.
What do you think? Are you nervous about how globally warm it has been this summer? Have you done anything to change your daily routines? Do you think Obama needs to refocus on the environment? Will it play a role in the upcoming election?