It’s hot. Record hot. Some holdouts on the global warming issue are beginning to wonder if climate scientists might actually have it right. There’s nothing like climate effects hitting close to home to change minds about global warming.
But climate scientists will be the first to tell you that weather isn’t climate. Weather is what we have today — 113 degrees, did I say “hot!” Climate is what weather does in a particular region over the long term, usually 25 to 30 years. And over the long term, the temperature keeps going up.
We will suffer as a result of our inaction on mitigating climate change; not as much as people in Bangladesh or Pakistan, or some other poor countries, but enough to make even the deniers ask, “Why wasn’t something done?!” And when our children and grandchildren look back, their verdict on our inaction will not be kind.
You can help by supporting measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as putting a price on carbon, which will make alternative energy more competitive. Conservation will also help, and we can all do that. If nothing else, plant a tree. Just do something. You owe it to your grandchildren.