Southeast U.S. Already Feeling Climate Change

by kespeland on June 16, 2009

Researchers with the U.S. Global Change Research Program say the country is already feeling the impacts of climate change.  In the southeast, they found that average annual temperatures decreased between 1901 and 1970. But since then temperatures have increased nearly two degrees Fahrenheit.  And the number of very hot days is expected to increase more rapidly than average temperatures.  Louisville Climate Action Network director Sarah Lynn Cunningham says that local research shows Louisville could stave off some of the more dire projections for the region, such as severe drought.

“To a degree we’re going to be buffered from some of the impacts of climate change for a longer period of time,” says Cunningham.

Access to water from the Ohio River could help.  But Cunningham says increasing drought and more frequent severe weather could still take a toll on crops.

On the web: http://downloads.globalchange.gov/usimpacts/pdfs/southeast.pdf

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frank burns June 16, 2009 at 10:09 pm

I know plenty of fundamentalist Christians who can find sins everywhere, but then they deny the fact of climate change. Why deny it? Greed, isn’t it. Nothing else explains it — they want those SUVs to drive to those after-church ice-cream socials. No cramps to their lifestyle, while the above maps show who they are stealing from, effectually murdering. Whether it IS 100% proven or not is not at issue. Responsible behavior requires that we heed majority scientific consensus. Period. Like a mayor who doesn’t heed professional consensus that a bridge is going to collapse, and does not fix it. Irresponsible. Shame on you, you so-called “Christians.”

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