February 2016

March 19, 2016

BW photograph of a bunch of daffodils in a vase.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

According to NOAA, February 2016 was the hottest in recorded history.  Not only that, but it broke records for the largest margin of hotness (yes, that is not really a word, especially in this context) as this past February was 2.18 degrees above the norm.  Please read the linked report for the details.

Yesterday, Science Friday broadcast a segment on the teaching of climate change in the classroom.  Part of that discussion revolved around the risks of covering this topic as some climate change information could prove to be overwhelming.  That is a fair point, which also must be balanced against the consequences of not discussing climate change at all. (It is worth listening to entire Science Friday segment.) When discussing the impact of climate change, it is beneficial to also include the interventions that can be applied to mitigate and/or adapt to the warming of the planet.  There are many relatively simple day-to-day changes that individuals can make to lessen their impact.  At the same time, the problem has reached a point wherein much larger scale global governmental efforts are needed to address climate change.  Given that the United States is deep into the 2016 presidential race, it is worth investigating what the candidates have to say about climate change.  It is also important to know about the recent Supreme Court decision to block the implementation of President Obama’s and the EPA’s limits on power plant emissions pending the outcome of lawsuits filed by “industry groups and about 20 states”, as reported in the linked article.  Doing nothing or maintaining the status quo will most certainly make the problem worse.

BW photograph of a pine tree with snow falling.

Copyright 2016 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

As this is being written, it is snowing-the forecast includes the possibility of up to 1.5″ of whiteness before this event has finished.

Take care.

 

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