Yes. Here’s why.
It feels warmer these days. Maybe this warm October day might just be a weather blip?
Unfortunately it’s not a blip. It is warmer in Maryland, as well as the U.S. (see graphs).
The hottest August ever recorded in Maryland was August 2016. Today, October 18, is a record high. Tomorrow is also forecast to hit the weather record books. Climate scientists have predicted for decades that global air temperatures will rise. And they have. 2016 is the hottest year ever recorded since the U.S. began decent weather keeping in 1895.
Why? Too many greenhouse gases have been trapped in the atmosphere from burning oil, coal and natural gas (see graph below). These gases are trapping in too much of the sun’s energy.
If you’re interested in making a difference, consider scanning the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) online report card slide show. This easy-to-follow slide show summarizes over 26 years worth of scientific research explaining how we got here. The main point is that we need to transition to clean energy by 2050.
Whew. This is a lot to take in. Here are a few simple things to make a difference:
1.Read the United National’s IPPC online report card slide show.
2. Take 2 Minutes and Switch Your Home to Renewable Electricity (and save cash)
3. Heat and Cool Just One Home (your home is probably not energy efficient)
4. Re-think your cars. Go electric, hybrid or fuel efficient.
4. Learn and talk more about climate change. Half of Americans report they never, or rarely, hear any mention about global warming in their media. Eighty percent cite that no one in their social circle discusses global warming. Sign up for newsletters. Like Facebook pages. Read greenlaurel every Thursday.
According to the IPCC report, humans can make a difference if we can reduce our pollution quickly and keep global temperature rise to 3.6℉. We’re at 1.8℉ today.