Global Warming

Can We Ever Build Consensus on "Climate Change"?

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The reason I put "climate change" in quotes is because there are people who don't believe it exists. Like, the oil and gas industry.

From my point of view in the Bay Area, there is definitely something going on with our climate. Weather forecasters were caught off guard by the amount of rain we had over Memorial Day Weekend, which put a damper on many businesses. Here is a San Francisco Chronicle article on it:

"This is unusual, and it does diminish the money," said John Wheeler of Sebastapol, who sells handmade jewelry. "But it's out of our control."

Saturday's fitful gloom shifted from drizzle to rain late enough that the amounts haven't yet been tabulated by the National Weather Service. But they were sizable enough that they're going to boost monthly figures that already are well above the norm....

San Francisco had .78 inches of rain for May as of 4 p.m. Saturday, one-third of an inch above average. Oakland had .65 of an inch, one-half inch more than the monthly norm.

In Santa Rosa, there have been two inches for the month -- double what's to be expected.

Keep in mind that we are the lucky ones. Yes, it's freezing, windy and damp outside. But we aren't the ones facing tornadoes and even food shortages, like our neighbors in the south and in Latin America. Here is a recent news story on global warming in Guatemala published in the UK Guardian:

In Guatemala, climate change has affected smallholders dramatically in the last two years. The country is particularly vulnerable to climate change and extreme events, thanks to its geographical position in an earthquake and hurricane zone.

The experience of 260 families living on the settlement of Guadalupe in the Suchitepéquez region of the Pacific coast is typical. They lost much of their staple crop last year and the year before. There is more rain in winter now, and the rains that used to come in April now only come towards the end of May. Rains have recently been accompanied by increasingly violent storms, followed by prolonged drought. Deforestation and diversion of rivers by plantation owners producing food or biofuel for export have exacerbated the problems.