Extreme weather buffets US and World

Resize drought.jpgNews reports have been full of stories about the Colorado wildfires, the record heat wave, drought conditions across the Midwest, and the loss of life and property due to storm damage continues to mount. What the evening news is not saying is that the extreme weather is more widespread than many think. Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, and the Horn of Africa are experiencing drought, along with 61% of the US. Heavy rains have led to floods and landslides in Sweden, Japan, Thailand, Southern China and Colorado.

In southern Greenland, northern Russia, and the eastern two-thirds of North America residents have felt the greatest warmth in 2012, leading to June 2012 being the 328th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. Higher water temperatures have contributed to glaciers melting in Greenland, and scientists recorded the greatest loss of sea ice on record for the month of June. Climate scientists have said Northern Greenland and Canada have been warming five times faster than the average global temperature. While 2/3 of the US saw the hottest June since 1880, in New Zealand they recorded the coldest winter days in more than 130 years of record keeping. flood.jpg

For the first time, more than 70% of Americans surveyed say that they believe in climate change. While GOP candidates are using "climate denial" as an election year stumping point, and Republican Senator James Inhofe even published a book, more than 97% of the people whose job is it to study weather believes that climate change is real and that human action is leading to an acceleration of extreme weather.