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This summer has been dry and extremely hot. Temperature records have been shattered and it’s left many of us wondering how much of this we can attribute to climate change. It’s why we asked the distinguished Dr. Joellen Russell, a climate scientist and oceanographer at the University of Arizona to walk us through how climate change is driving extreme heat and what the world might expect if we don’t take climate action seriously (and soon!).
One important point that Dr. Russell made was that we’ve known the consequences of climate change were coming for decades, and we’re now feeling the effects of our unabated emissions:
“These are predicted changes from our climate model since the 1970s, really. If we were at equilibrium, half of the records we would be breaking are cold records and half would be warm records. But, today 2/3 of the records we’re breaking are warm records which is the tilt toward the global warming that we knew would happen….These records were predicted from the basic math and physics and now we’re living with the consequences of our greenhouse gas increase.”
You may recall our interview with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn where she explained the threat that climate change poses to winter olympic sports like hers. Now that the Tokyo Summer Olympics are underway, it’s all the more evident that climate change will continue affecting summer sports in a similar fashion. In Tokyo specifically, where climate […]
This week is Latino Conservation Week–a yearly initiative of the Hispanic Access Foundation that helps support the Latino community getting into the outdoors and participating in activities to protect our natural resources. While Latinos are a broad group, polls show they share a common concern for environmental protection, yet have traditionally been unrecognized for their […]
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Echoing back to the Civilian Conservation Corps of last century, a Civilian Climate Corps would employ young people across the country in government jobs taking on the climate crisis. The modern corps concept has been introduced as legislation by Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur since 2008 and was articulated as […]
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