The Climes, They Are A-Changin'

A clime, or climate, doesn’t change overnight or even over many years. Of course climates can and do change, so why invoke a somber Bob Dylan song? Read the lyrics and decide yourself if there are any that parallel the climate issues we face today. Beyond Bob’s foretold insights there is some very clear science to share. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), part of the United Nations, issued its latest summary of the science around the physical changes that are happening to our planet. If you made it back from the Dylan lyric’s link and are still reading this, we don’t want to lose you now so will only summarize the top 5 important facts from this latest conservative consensus on the science.

Top 5 Sharable Facts from the Latest Science on Climate Change. Tweet it to EPA with We need #CO2StdsNOW:
  1. The last 3 decades have been warmer on land and in surface oceans than any other decade since 1850 ()
  2. Oceans are impacted by climate change; warming, rising in height, and becoming more acidic ()
  3. Science says: Carbon pollution has increased to levels unprecedented in the last 800,000 years ()
  4. It is extremely likely that humans were the dominant cause of the warming since 1950 ()
  5. Global surface temperature change by 2100 is likely to reach between 1.5 to 4.5 °C. ()
We are certain that the climate change we have seen over since 1950 is due to our burning of fossil fuels and altering of landscapes, therefore it is clear how to change course. Projections indicate that less emissions means less warming in the future, less sea level rise, less disruption to our climes as we know them now. So perhaps Dylan did have some insights for us, let’s not stall on this issue anymore!

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside and it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’

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