My childhood memories of the San Francisco climate are different than what we've been experiencing here over the past decade. The rains have slowed down. There are way more fires. Someone the other day mentioned that the see the soil has changed color. The air doesn't seem as fresh. There is talk of drought.
The climate IS changing, scientifically speaking. Since Clinton's inauguration, summer Arctic sea ice has lost the equivalent of Alaska, California and Texas. The 10 hottest years on record have occurred since Clinton's second inauguration.There is a mass extinction underway - with many times more species going missing and presumed dead than at any time since the last ice age.
And yet, what are we, as a species doing?
World leaders are saddled with an uncomfortable quandary. Cut coal, one of the main recommendations, and energy prices go way up during an economic downturn. This would make the current economic devastation much worse and anger much of the political and business establishements - not to mention many voters who will see the effects of this more or less immediately. Don't cut coal and pretty soon there will be no more ice in the Arctic - sea levels will rise and whole cities will be under-water. And that's only one of the many consequences.
Either way, things are going to change. Where we net out will largely be determined by geography, topography, air currents, sea currents, and the interrelationship between these things - things, in short, that we don't undersand. So, I ask you...
Do you feel lucky?