Here is the latest explanation why "Climate change is here — and worse than we thought." It's an op-ed piece in the Washington Post by James E. Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. I post it in order to give global warming alarmists their best shot.
Among Hansen's arguments:
Such [extreme weather] events used to be exceedingly rare. Extremely hot temperatures covered about 0.1 percent to 0.2 percent of the globe in the base period of our study, from 1951 to 1980. In the last three decades, while the average temperature has slowly risen, the extremes have soared and now cover about 10 percent of the globe.
This is the world we have changed, and now we have to live in it — the world that caused the 2003 heat wave in Europe that killed more than 50,000 people and the 2011 drought in Texas that caused more than$5 billion in damage. Such events, our data show, will become even more frequent and more severe.
And here is what he says we should do right now:
There is still time to act and avoid a worsening climate, but we are wasting precious time. We can solve the challenge of climate change with a gradually rising fee on carbon collected from fossil-fuel companies, with 100 percent of the money rebated to all legal residents on a per capita basis. This would stimulate innovations and create a robust clean-energy economy with millions of new jobs. It is a simple, honest and effective solution.
The responses won't be long in coming.