Can we agree the weather's been kind of extreme lately? Tornadoes, heavy rain, flooding. Severe drought in California, snow in Fargo, ND. Many meteorologists and climate scientists cite these examples as evidence of global warming, accelerated by human activity.
Understanding and living in this changing environment was a major theme of the Fermilab Severe Storms and Tornadoes Seminar on April 5. You can read more about the topics and speakers, here.
Last week, meteorologist Eric Holthaus wrote on Slate.com that climate change is the new reality and PEW Research Center released their report on Americans' predictions and dreams for the future. Biotechnology and 3-D printing were once the stuff of science fiction. Now, they are changing the world.
So, where's the flying cars? They are the classic sci-fi vision of the future. It's freedom, and Utopia. Blue skies from now on. In reality, there are prototypes of flying cars, today. The one pictured above, for example, the Terrafugia TF-X. It doesn't exist, yet. The projected price tag of $280,000 would make it a vehicle for the very, very rich. So much for that future.
But we are already living in a future world. We have internet! Internet access is almost considered a basic human right. Just look at all the smartphones, laptops and tablets. They are virtual necessities, now.
This future is unevenly distributed, we know that. There are people who don't have clean, running water, a place to live, enough food, access to education, freedom of choice, even here.
There are potholes, here. There are no flying cars to take us to a new and better world. But we can do better with this one.
What's the forecast for the future? Here is the website for the National Climate Assessment Report, which went live, today. It's all about global warming, and the impact for the U. S. The science is there. Earth's climate is changing, and so is the weather. It's not science fiction. The future is here, and now.
CHIBERIA was science fiction, or was it?
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