As lots of us have heard already, 2012 was the hottest recorded year in history (in the contiguous United States). Personally it was very easy for me to see that something unusual was going on, as I had to fight to keep my garden and even a full-grown tree alive and healthy during the drought over the summer. And it isn’t over: as of January 14, here in Chicago, we have yet to have a significant snowfall that capable of even covering the blades of grass in the lawn, or that sticks around more than a couple of hours. Not only has it been an unusually warm winter, but we’ve had frighteningly little moisture of any kind other than a few grey, drizzly days. If you aren’t a farmer or gardener you may be happy about this, but right now I’m quite concerned about how I’m going to keep my veggies watered if this keeps up.
Yet, this ample evidence in my own back yard is not why I believe what the scientists are saying about Global Climate Change. I accept the theory of global climate change and our part in the process because a lot of science has been done around the GLOBE that indicates this is what is happening. But by the logic used by many global warming deniers, I can tell you climate change IS happening. We’ve had some mighty freaky weather here in Chicago over the last few years. This summer heralded the worst drought I’ve ever seen. Chicago has, in my lifetime, gone from being known for big snow storms to no snow at all. I’ve seen a flock of PARROTS in my backyard, for Pete’s sake. Obviously, this is incontrovertible evidence and we can now get on with fixing the problem.