A new studyÂ suggests that now Americans are feeling significant weather changes at home, more and more are starting to realize climate change isnâ€™t a farâ€“fetched or farâ€“off situation.
According to the reportÂ (PDF file) by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communications and George Mason Universityâ€™s Center for Climate Change Communication, a survey found Â that an astounding 82% of respondents said they had experienced at least one extreme weather event over the past year, and 32% said they were harmed either moderately or a great deal as a result.
A majority of respondents said they also believed the events were a result of climate change. 72% said their region had unusually high temperatures this past winter, 70% experienced record-breaking heat last summer, 69% noted the droughts throughout Oklahoma and Texas last year, and 63% noted the Mississippi River floods during spring of last year. 52% of the group said they believe weather in the United States is getting worse and more extreme, while only 22% said they think itâ€™s getting better.
These numbers are pretty indicative of how weâ€™re beginning to feel and experience more severe and intense weather as a result of climate change. It seems climate change is starting to be looked at as less and less of a “liberal hoax.â€ I guess Mother Nature had to eventually get her point across somehow, didnâ€™t she?
Have you experienced any extreme weather in your region recently? How does it affect your feelings on climate change and whatâ€™s in store for the future?