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href="http://www.economist.com/node/14447171">less felt than in many other parts of the world, everyday folk are puzzling over prolonged droughts and severe weather outbreaks.
One of the curious effects of global warming isn't so much warmer temperatures, but rather more violent weather. Global warming can actually cause lower temperatures in places, as well as more violent weather. The reason is the planet now holds more energy within the atmosphere, which is expressed via extreme weather.
Storms such as Superstorm Sandy, massive tornado outbreaks across the Midwest, and prolonged droughts in the west, are all features of climate change. Scientists predict more of these events as the climate continues for the worse.
The scientific consensus concerning global warming is beyond question. Every major, credible scientific research body that has objectively examined the question has concluded the planet is warming unnaturally as a result of human activity.
In the United States, climate change denial is deeply rooted in political and religious convictions, which makes persuading the American people of its reality a challenge, despite the scientific consensus. The lack of scientific literacy in the United States is also part of the problem. According to Michigan State University professor and researcher, Jon Miller, "We should take no pride in a finding that 70 percent of Americans cannot read and understand the science section of the New York Times."
Only 28 percent of Americans qualify as "scientifically literate."
They aren't helped by pseudo-scientists and politicians who persuaded by deeply held convictions resulting from misinterpreted Bible verses, that climate change isn't real, despite the fact that their "science" doesn't hold up to the standard of real science.
It must be understood that climate change is real, that it is being unnaturally caused by humans, and that it represents a danger to the status quo.
Of course, Americans, affluent and secure in their air-conditioned homes don't like being told they should evaluate their behavior. It's easier to blame other culprits such as China than to change behavior because it's simply the right thing to do. Let them remember that during the next superstorm, for such is the legacy we bestow upon our children with our willful ignorance.
I've made my living, Mr. Thompson, in large part as a gambler. Some days I make twenty bets, some days I make none. There are weeks, sometimes months, in fact, when I don't make any bet at all because ...