It’s official: Global temperatures in 2015 were the hottest since record keeping began in 1880. This is based on independent data collected by NASA and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Institute.
More warming is in store for us because the oceans continue to warm up long after greenhouse gases enter the atmosphere. This phenomenon is called “thermal inertia.”
Unfortunately, political inertia is slowing action on this important issue. But there is hope that the tide is turning. A resolution addressing the threat of climate change was introduced into the House last year, and has been endorsed by 13 Republicans. Two weeks ago, the first bipartisan Climate Change Solutions caucus was formed in the House.
My first grandchild is due to arrive in April. What we do now will have a profound impact on the kind of world our children and grandchildren inherit.
Instead of arguing about it, it's time we started doing something about it.
Don Gaede, Fresno