More than 1,000 temperature records broken in a week!

Call it what you will. ‘Global weirding’ seems the best fit of the data (a term that my daughter picked up in her high-school chemistry class). Taken together, and regardless of how you interpret the extreme weather, there seems no doubt that our world’s climate is behaving badly.
     In all, 251 high temperature records were broken in the US on one day last week. Fergawdsakes, it was hotter in Kansas than in Death Valley! Some records were broken by several degrees fahrenheit. Nothing incremental about 3 degrees in excess of history when you’re talking about numbers in the vicinity of 100. Three percent! That’s an enormous jump. That’s wrath of God type stuff [if you’re into that sort of explanation]. It’s happening on a grand scale. Well… ‘grand’ if you’re into weather records, tornadoes, train wrecks, and such. Not so grand if you’re talking about the biosphere.
     There is an archaeological side to global warming. And you don’t have to be a subversive to appreciate it. Everywhere there’s a delta or an estuary, the flora and fauna will be affected first and worst there. As sea levels rise, and rise with increasing speed, our world will become a laboratory for what the human world looked like on the continental shelf at the end of the last ice age. The words ‘human misery’ will pale in the coming decades as metre by metre the sea encroaches on the most fertile, most densely populated regions in the world.
     Wish us luck. I think we’re gonna need it.

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