Wednesday, July 6, 2016
#188 / Quite Pleasant (So Far)
According to a short little piece in the April 21, 2016 edition of The New York Times Sunday Review, "80 percent of Americans now find themselves living in counties where the weather is more pleasant than it was four decades ago."
Global warming, in other words, has added up to a net positive for most people in the United States. At least, that's how it appears so far.
The article goes on to announce that "should greenhouse gas emissions proceed unabated ... 88 percent of Americans will be exposed to less pleasant weather at the end of this century than they are today."
Ocean acidification, species extinction, and the disruption of traditional water supplies to human communities are some of the other effects of global warming that we can predict will get worse, as time passes.
Let's not get too excited about the likelihood of nice weather on the East Coast during the Christmas holidays. Things aren't going to be "more pleasant" for long!