I ask the experts, Joe Romm from Climate Progress, and Jeff Masters from the Weather Underground.
Then we visit with Professor Raymond De Young. What state of mind do you need to cope, when the future rolls in much too fast....
It wasn't just in North America. The UK Telegraph headline Friday March 23rd: "UK to Be as Hot as the Sahara This Weekend." Britain hit 20 degrees C, a balmy 68, the day before, a temperature normally seen in June.
When we get exciting weather, it's hard to beat the Dr. Jeff Masters blog at the Weather Underground. Jeff has taught meteorology, he's been a Hurricane Hunter for NOAA, and still watches storms and all forms of strange weather.
In the interview, I also reference this article from Andrew Freedman of Climate Central. His piece was titled "Global Warming May Have Fueled March Heat Wave Odds." And this is what Dr. James Hansen of NASA has been saying: we wouldn't see these extreme heat events so often, without the greenhouse gases we've added to the atmosphere.
Summer in March... is it a preview of global warming? Our guest has a Ph.D. in physics from MIT. He was a top advisor for energy efficiency and renewables in the Clinton Administration. Joe Romm is author of the book "Hell and High Water". But many of us know him as the world's best climate blogger over at ThinkProgress.org.
Young climate scientists have heard enough from old weathermen and fake experts. A group of real scientists rolled out this quick song on You tube. My thanks to VR in Colorado for this G-rated version.
Raymond De Young is an academic who isn't working for a military think-tank, or explaining why we should just keep climbing the consumer ladder. His new MIT book "The Localization Reader, Adapting to the Coming Downshift" will likely fall into hands that get dirty in gardens, and active in your community.
De Young is Associate Professor of Environmental Psychology and Planning, in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, at the University of Michigan.
I found Raymond through this article: "Restoring Mental Vitality in an Endangered World: Reflections on the Benefits of Walking".
That's one of the way I survive the tidal wave of bad news these days.
Bits, Canadians,Americans dug out their shorts, or even their bathing suits in March. I hope this will this get people talking more around the dinner table about climate change.
Then we have a horrible paradox to deal with: people like going to the beach much more than they like a March blizzard. At first, millions of us are going to love global warming. Could that defeat action to save a livable world?
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