Reducing Carbon Matters Regardless Of The Weather
After a spring marked by some of the most damaging tornadoes in recent history and a couple of weeks of sweltering temperatures between the Rockies and the Appalachians the specter of “global warming” or “climate change” is again being raised. The fact is that no record high temperatures have been recorded in any state this summer. The last time a state set a new high temperature record was North Dakota in 2006. Before that it was Connecticut in 1995. Twenty-five of the 50 states set their high temperature records in the 1930s.
In spite of the fact that 2011 has not (so far) been a record-setting year on the weather front, it still makes sense for thoughtful people to be familiar with the evidence for and against climate change. It’s in everyone’s best interest to be acquainted with the latest scientific thinking. An important new entry on the pro-climate change side by a credible authority is The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate Changed Planet, by Dr. Heidi Cullen, senior research scientist at Climate Central and a visiting lecturer at Princeton University. The book, which is now available in paperback or you can download it to your Kindle for $9.99, presents the case for a drastic change in weather patterns in recent decades, and describes the possible effects of climate change on the world.
Dr. Cullen was a guest on NPR’s Fresh Air program July 26. She shared many of her findings with host Terry Gross and discusses the cities likely to be most vulnerable to extreme weather in the near future. The interview can be heard on the program’s website.