This winter has been a bit colder than normal in Indiana and certainly this seems to be so for much of the USA.
And so because I am a tree hugging climate nut, I get the inevitable questions. They go something like this –
If global warming is happening like you say, why is it so cold?
If global warming is as important as you say, why are we having a record cold day in Indianapolis?
And the simple answer to this is to start with the first part of the question. Each question is about Global Warming and not about the local impact of this global trend in Indianapolis, Philadelphia or Memphis.
For a clear rendition of the state of global climate the best site with the most succinct and easy to read message is here.
But let me quote from it for those unwilling to click through –
“The years 2001-2008 rank among the ten warmest years of the 130-year (1880-2009) record and 2009 will certainly join them as one of the ten warmest years of the global surface temperature record.”
The challenge for our civilization is to stop thinking locally. Our local data is only part of the whole. There will be locally hotter and colder areas but global warming is happening. Make no mistake. And there is absolutely general consensus that the sooner we all work together to make changes the better off we will all be.