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Federal Report Says Extreme Weather to Increase With Climate Change

No More Waiting For 500 Year Floods! Thanks, Climate Change!

A government report released yesterday says extreme weather will increase with climate change, apparently vindicating Al Gore.

Twelve government agencies, making up the Climate Change Science Program, contributed to the report, which warns that Americans will see an increase in heavy rains, dryer drought conditions, more extreme hurricanes, and record heat.

Looking at hurricanes, for example, statistics connect rising sea surface temperatures and hurricane activity. Still, more research is necessary before hurricane activity can be directly connected to human actions.

The federal report suggests a need to cut gas emissions, while seriously increasing preparedness not just for tough weather, but for extreme weather before unheard of, but soon to be commonplace.

Will such a report urge Americans to step up their preparedness to fight extreme weather? Will we regret it if we ignore these warnings for partisan reasons?

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UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Anytime you want to send the hot weather this way, I'll be happily take it.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
Well we had a mini-heatwave last week; 98 yesterday 70 today - I'm not a fan of hot weather so bring on the ice age.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Cooler in CA? It's like 70 here. I have yet to see any evidence that the earth is warming this year. WI is almost 4 degrees below the average today, and has been that way almost every day this year.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
Lucky you - it's cooler here in CA. We ate beans tonight - see your PM.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I just finished grilling shrimp on the barbie. Nothing it better after a long day at work than drinking a beer poolside while eating grilled shrimp.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
UnDave35 - you make me wanna fire up the BBQ, stoke the chimney fires and drive an old beater car that's never had a smog check. Thanks for the conversation!
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Good luck on getting Gore and Arnie to mix with the regular people. Since less than 2% of the greenhouse gasses are caused by humans, I don't have a lot of stock in human caused climate change.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
I vote for less politicians meddling in my American freedom and maybe we could get Gorge (I mean Gore) and Gov. Arnie to quit using their polluting private jets every day and take the bus and that would solve a big problem with me. Carbon footprint my a**.
Roarman Roarman 7 years
Why do we need to wait for our government to act to make personal changes that can have an effect on the environment. We all can try to drive less, use less fuel by driving smaller vehicles, reusing and recycling what we can and just being less wasteful. We shouldn't need a policy to tell us this before we make changes on our own.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
GS - Congrats on the Platinum. Le Beau - I will do my best to clear this up for you. I believe the earth is warming. I do not believe that humans are responsible for the clinmate change, any more than we were responsible for a cooling period in the 60's and 70's. I don't have a problem researching ways to limit the impact humas have on the earth, but not at the cost of jobs or lifestyle. I also think we need to get away from ethanol. It costs us more in fuel to produce the ethanol than we get in benefit (especially when you factor in the fuel used to plant, harvest, and transport).
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
I have a very unpopular opinion about the human population opinion. But it would solve a hell of a lot of problems.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Hey, me too, me too, I'm platinum now!! :nerdgirl:
le-beau-rêveur le-beau-rêveur 7 years
"Also, If we can see drought, and food shortages, wouldn't it be more prudent to focis on HOW to make more food, rather than focusing on changing a climate that we aren't sure we can change?" I'm sorry ...perhaps it's quite late... but that just came off as an uneducated, and ignorant response to the whole concept of Climate Change. So perhaps could you make clear as to whether you were referring to "sustainable living" as opposed to making more food when you say "focusing on changing a climate that we aren't sure we can change." I hope you don't take offense and I am reading in to a sentence a bit too much but I've heard similar statements quite a lot. When people argue, who resist a change in their lifestyles, as to why they should bother to change as they should just think of bigger and better ways to go about doing things? Why does it matter we use up all the oil and resources, we'll come up with methods of finding more or a different source in long run? Regardless if you believe Climate Change is to whatever degree a result of human activities - it is occuring and it's no longer a debate as to whether or not there is global warming. IT IS. THERE IS. AND IT'S HAPPENING. There is no more argument. Human population is projected to double within your lifetime and mine - however resources are dwindling, and pollution is rampant. So yes we should do research on other forms of technological advancement for alternative forms of energy/production of more food (let alone getting food to the millions who live in hunger and poverty today), but we should also focus on how we can reduce our impact on our environment, regardless as I said before of whether or not we believe to whatever degree of an impact we have. (trust the thousands and thousands of scientists that there IS).. but rather look at it ethically, it only makes sense to be able to reduce our consumption, reduce our consumerism driven society, in order to create a more sustainable, and essentially cleaner, manageable environment not only for ourselves but generations to come. Oh and we need to get food crops out of our gas. Millions of people are starving, and we fill up our gas guzzling beasts with ethanol. (note: I'm not opposed to non-food crops ethanol obviously)
janneth janneth 7 years
stephley, good job! Fist bump!!!
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Not usually. I used to get into soooo much trouble for talking too much.
stephley stephley 7 years
Oh and thanks for the congrats. Don't usually get positive recognition for talking so much, do we?
stephley stephley 7 years
How do you 'make' more food unless you grow it? And who said give up all other research and effort and just focus on climate change? It's not really all or nothing. How will we know whether we can affect climate change one way or another? Won't that require some scientific study and effort? Are you looking for an absolute yes or no from the science before you believe?
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
You go UnDave35 - I have a veggie & herb garden, now I just need a few chickens and I'll be set.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Stephley - Congrats on making Platinum. :cheer: Also, If we can see drought, and food shortages, wouldn't it be more prudent to focis on HOW to make more food, rather than focusing on changing a climate that we aren't sure we can change?
stephley stephley 7 years
Personally, I'm not so focused on human extinction as I am extreme storms, flooding, drought, epidemics, food shortages... which can happen without us dying out.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
Here, here janneth and stiletta; if you're over 25 you know this to be true. We need more data and 31,000 scientists are begging to be heard but the media doesn't wanna hear it. It's not PC to be skeptical anymore.
stiletta stiletta 7 years
There have been climate fluctuations throughout history. I am not saying that we're not the cause of it, nor am I saying it's not happening. I am saying that the Earth may correct this fluctuation on its own or a million other scenarios that don't involve the extinction of the human race. We simply don't know so to keep decrying that "unless we do something immediately or face dire consequences" is based on speculation.
janneth janneth 7 years
yes, lately, amberhoney.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
Isn't the climate constantly changing?
raciccarone raciccarone 7 years
It's too bad this is the first time it's been brought to the government's attention or we could have acted sooner.
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