Friday, August 05, 2011

Rochester, NY can see Climate Change happening if they look


One of the most difficult things about the Climate Change crisis is that for those who don’t want to see it, they can conveniently do so. Climate Change is many things, but it’s not a car crash. It is happening now, it’s happening all about us in longer growing seasons and extreme weather, and slowly in the sense that it isn’t hitting you over the head.

But it will hit you over the head if you look at some of the graphs from NRDC: Natural Resources Defense Council - The Earth's Best Defense. We applaud NRDC for their efforts in getting the public to visualize Climate Change in specific areas because without the public understanding this issue in massive numbers, legislation, politics, energy use, consumer habits, and much more won’t happen on a scale that need to be done to adapt to and mitigate Climate Change.

Climate Change Health Threats in New York : Air Pollution | Extreme Heat | Infectious Diseases |Drought Flooding Climate change will worsen smog and causes plants to produce more pollen pollution, increasing respiratory health threats, particularly for people with allergies and asthma. See how New York is vulnerable to air pollution impacts >> -from NRDC: Climate Change Threatens Health

More efforts to help the public visualize the immediacy and wholesale effect of Climate Change in specific area will go far in the challenge to engage the public on this issue. Here’s another example of how data is being gathered to get more information on the science of Climate Change.

NASA's Eyes In The Sky Study Pollution On Earth : NPR NASA, the agency best known for exploring space, is trying to answer some urgent questions about air pollution right here on Earth. For much of July, the agency flew research planes between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore as part of a mission known as DISCOVER-AQ. The planes, along with weather balloons and ground stations, were gathering data on how pollutants such as ozone and particulates behave in the atmosphere. (August 3, 2011) NPR : National Public Radio : News & Analysis, World, US, Music & Arts : NPR

Because the Internet offers everyone a chance to see this real-time information about Climate Change we have a better chance of getting the public onboard with this issue and solving it. It shouldn’t have to be a contest to fight the Climate Change deniers and prove to the public that Climate Change is happening. It should be a full engagement by the public to use all the resources available to them to understand this issue and what will be required of them as responsible citizens of this planet to solve. A few greenies walking to work instead of driving just isn’t going to do the trick.

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