A report in the current issue of Scientific American confirms the link between the extreme weather events, we have been witnessing throughout the country, and climate change. Previously, links have been projected from the use of computer models. But now, observation of real world patterns are showing global warming's "signature" in the increased frequency, intensity and duration of these extreme weather events.
Climate change is about risk assessment, and as the head of Geo Risk Research at the global reinsurance corporation, Munich Re, states, "It's as if the weather machine had changed up a gear." No longer is climate change just about remote Pacific islands, polar bears, and future generations. The evidence is showing it is about Joplin, Missouri and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It is about massive drought and wildfires in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, California and Florida. It is about record floods in North Dakota, Iowa, and Tennessee.
It is far past time that congress address climate change by assigning some kind of significant price to carbon emissions - as well as other greenhouse gas emissions.
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