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Extreme Weather Leading More Americans To Think Climate Change Is Real

US heat wave map – June 2012

According to a new poll, more climate change skeptics are starting to understand that global warming is for real, and happening now. Now that predictions scientists made about the effects of climate change are actually starting to take place, there’s not much left for an opposing viewpoint. At the beginning of 2010, belief that climate change is real fell sharply from the numbers recorded at the end of 2009. These new polls show that this drop has reversed.

Between the Colorado wildfires, a record-breaking warm spring, and hurricanes happening before the season start of June 1, nature has done quite a bit to convince Americans that climate change is a scary reality.

According to Jane Lubchenco, chief of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, most Americans have always seen climate change as a “nebulous concept” that never applied to their present space and geographic location. Out of sight, out of mind.

It is now unfolding the most in the United States, where this past spring was the warmest since recordkeeping began in 1895. Hurricane recordkeeping began in 1851, and for only the third time since then, two hurricanes formed over the Atlantic before the start of hurricane season on June 1.

Obviously it’s not possible to attribute a single event, such as a hurricane, wildfire, or warm spring to climate change, but these extreme patterns are consistent with predicted consequences of increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

If the world is finally starting to realize this crazy global warming thing isn’t just a hoax, maybe it will actually begin to take action, too. What are the chances?

via Washington Post
Image: Image of the heat wave that sweet across the United States. Captured by a NASA satellite on June 26, 2012.

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