|Greenland ice cap melting July 2016, covered in soot, sixty miles inland of Ilulissat. Photo by Alan Farago|
14 consecutive months sounds like a trend.
"According to two US agencies – Nasa and NOAA – June 2016 was 0.9C hotter than the average for the 20th century, and the hottest June in the record which goes back to 1880. It broke the previous record, set in 2015, by 0.02C. The 14-month streak of record-breaking temperatures was the longest in the 137-year record. And it has been 40 years since the world saw a June that was below the 20th century average."
40 years sounds like a trend.
Since 1880, when global temperatures began to be measured, the four hottest years on record started in 2010. 2016 is poised to break the record, again.
Trend? That's an alarm.
Yet this November, some will vote for the climate-denial Republican Party. The denialists and GOP candidates are mainly funded by polluting industries who have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to promote lies in defiance of evidence.
This November, hope and change is not an academic argument. It is time to throw the GOP out of its Congressional majorities and to elect a Democratic president who can help our legislatures chart a path to reverse climate change impacts.
The hottest temperature ever measured outside of Death Valley was just recorded in the Mideast: 129 plus degrees. At 135 or 140 degrees: does life get safer for us, in the United States?
The world is on fire. Not in 100 years. Now.
Climate denialism is not a political tactic or strategy, it is a fiction the GOP hides behind while it locks-in a status quo through laws protecting them while the rest of us face climate-driven economic catastrophes. It is us versus them, and we either fight that wedge now -- a matter of choice at the polls in November -- or we will forever suffer the consequences.