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Do you notice a change in your environment due to global warming?

Asked by cytonic_horus (429points) April 5th, 2010

We always hear about the ice caps melting, average temperature going up and things like that but do you notice a difference in your part of the world? Do things seems different from what you can remember?

I know that here in Scotland we have just had the worst winter for decades and our summers appear to be different (yes all 3 days of it lol)

So do you find it wetter, drier, hotter?

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DarkScribe's avatar

Nope – in fact the much threatened “drought” promised by the green movement has turned into one of the wettest years in decades.

kevbo's avatar

I think global warming is a cover story (and illegitimate tax scheme) for weird weather and other events produced by weather and tectonic influencing technologies.

See here, here and here.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Yes. 35 years ago I visited Glacier International Peace Park in August and and took pictures of throwing snow while on a glacier.
Five years ago I went back at the same time of year and the glaciers in that area were gone.
I might not believe Al Gore’s photos but I do believe my own.
It was shocking.

jaytkay's avatar

Anecdotes are not data and weather is not climate.

If you ask people after a snow storm, more people will say no.
After a heat wave, more will say yes.

Steve_A's avatar

Living in Florida my whole life now, I would have said yes but the truth is I have no real ideal as to what is going on.

I remember some years back where it seemed as if a winter was barely present during the times it would get cold for us and so naturally for spilt seconds and even few people just saying it because you my god GLOBAL WARMING.This winter it was mighty cold compared to past years and lasted a tad longer than usual least to my memory.

With that being said just from small personal experiences that unfortunately it kind of means nothing I would say in the end.

cazzie's avatar

Yep… if you notice it its weather…. If it’s a statistical trend over decades, it’s climate change.

Having said that…. we can see an awful lot of change in glaciers up here near and above the polar circle. Pictures from Greenland are especially alarming.

cytonic_horus's avatar

The way I see it is we have a problem in not knowing exactly how fast the earth changes between a glacial period and an interglacial period then back again

Again speaking from the UK we hear about the average temperature is x amount of degrees higher than since records began however it never really mentions how there have been times in the past where we were positively tropical and warmer than we currently are.

Just_Justine's avatar

We had the hottest summer in recorded history here, and the warmest winter last winter too. Will keep you posted Horus :) xox

cytonic_horus's avatar

@Just_Justine well for you to have the hottest summer in recorded history there you must have been a rival for the surface of the sun this year with what it was like last year

El_Cadejo's avatar

For everyone who thinks global warming is a hoax and humans have nothing to do with it, I simply ask you too look at these two pictures.

First, a graph of human population growth and the second of temperature anomaly. Now really, you want to tell me there is absolutely no correlation between humans and the rising temperature? Really?

Just_Justine's avatar

@cytonic_horus I know why do you think I was so quiet this year? heat love!

marinelife's avatar

It is to be 80 degrees today in the beginning of April. Most unusual.

cytonic_horus's avatar

@Just_Justine it probably explains why you were sitting in your fridge with your computer…just trying to stop yourself overheating

majorrich's avatar

I have a friend who’s degree is in Meteorology and his view was that climate is cyclical, and that all the hubbub is over naught. I am thinking about printing up carbon credit certificates and selling them on ebay.

cytonic_horus's avatar

Yeah it is cyclical and as I said earlier we are in the position now where we do not really know how fast or slow the change is from glacial to interglacial period.

We have a lot of guesswork as the dates for different periods come with such a + or – age range.

For all we know it might be perfectly normal for things to warm up as quickly or maybe it should be happening faster.

Cruiser's avatar

I have definitely noticed cooler summers and longer winters here in the midwest of USA. Winter would always start the second week of December now it is right after Thanksgiving.

jazmina88's avatar

cyclical…...are we in for another ice age then?
Flooding and snow in the east.

Global warming is real.
I think it will be a warm summer. It was cool last summer here in KY.

cytonic_horus's avatar

yeah it goes ice age, warm period, ice age warm period right through history and while we have the major shifts from ice age to warm period we do have mini ice ages in between for example there was a mini ice age in Europe after the 14th century up until around the 18th

Some argue we are in an interglacial period due to warming up while others argue that as we still have the poles frozen that it is still a glacial period

Just_Justine's avatar

@cytonic_horus aha! It all makes sense now, Europe has taken all the ice, as in ice age and left us to burn in hell over here in Africa!

cytonic_horus's avatar

@Just_Justine yeah those pesky Europeans…if it’s not nailed down we shall steal it!!

cazzie's avatar

Hey… we need the ice or we’ll lose the Gulf Stream, then there will be NO WAY the place will be habitable. Stop picking on us, or we’ll have to come and take over your countries. Then you’ll really learn what Socialism is! (hahah… not serious at all… expect for the part about being worried about losing the Gulf Stream.. that could happen and really screw us up.)

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

Yes, and in more ways than just temperature.

I live in the Rocky Mountains, and over the past decade or so, we’ve seen a deadly rise in the number of mountain pine beetles. Mountain Pine Beetles bore into pine trees, and build nesting chambers to mate. The adult beetles will then leave, and larvae will begin eating around the bark of the tree, reducing the ability of the tree to transport water through its trunk. If enough beetle larvae are present in one tree, it will die.

Take a look at the mix of healthy (green) vs. dead (reddish brown) trees in this photo.

This is not a new phenomenon, pine beetles are native species in the Rocky Mountains. However, rising temperatures have lead to an explosion in Mountain Pine Beetle population numbers, and consequently, an explosion in the number of dead pine trees. Normally, sustained cold winters keep the beetle populations in check, but rising temperatures have prevented this from happening (it typically takes 12–15 days of sustained -20 F degree weather to kill beetles).

Billions of acres (yes, billions) of pine trees have been lost due to the rapid increase in Mountain Pine Beetle populations in the past decade or so, reducing wildlife habitat, increasing the risk for forest fires, negatively affecting the timber industry, reducing property values, reducing some recreation activities, etc. All of this due to rising temperatures (as a consequence of Global Climate Change). It’s very real, and causing catastrophic problems.

Sidenote: A few summers ago, I worked with the U.S. Forest Service. One of the Forest Managers told me a story of some tourists from Texas that were visiting Colorado on vacation. They stopped by the local Forest Service office to ask where they could get some of those pretty “red pine trees” (AKA dead beetle-killed trees). Facepalm.

dpworkin's avatar

All over the world the general long term trend is warmer and less stable, with stronger, longer lasting storms containing more moisture.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

I have seen some strange things. I had ladybugs flitting around my house all winter. They usually disappear in November or so. A few days ago, I saw a species of duck swimming in a local lake that I have previously seen only in the South. The trees are well on their way to greening here in Chicagoland, and it’s about a week ahead of usual. The early spring weather is probably just an El NiƱo effect, but with the other things I’ve seen, it’s… interesting.

For any skeptics out there – the climate is getting warmer, and it’s because of the carbon dioxide we are producing. This is just basic physics – CO2 absorbs the infrared radiation from the Earth’s surface, preventing it from escaping into space. This has been known since the theory was first stated by physicist John Tyndall in 1859. This paper, published a century later, is one of the best articles I’ve read about it, made all the better because it was published long before it became a political controversy and conspiracy theorists started coming out of the woodwork.

Judi's avatar

This has been the rainiest April I have ever seen in Bakersfield. I have lived her over 20 years. The farmers were happy until their almonds bloomed and there was not enough sun for the bees to come out.

YARNLADY's avatar

I’m with @jaytkay on this one. Anecdotes about the local weather have absolutely nothing to do with climate change. Cyclical climate changes take place over the eons and we only have statistics to compare for the last couple of hundred years. There are geological deposits that we can study for clues, but they are not definitive for the short term changes.

thriftymaid's avatar

You mean our exceptionally cold winter?

dpworkin's avatar

That’s one of the hallmarks of global climate change, @thriftymaid: Extremes of all kinds.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

@thriftymaid , the continental U.S. comprises 1.5% of the Earth’s surface. But you can read about your cold, snowy winter here.

mattbrowne's avatar

Climatology is not that simple. Oh, I don’t notice anything, we should be fine. Oh, it’s actually getting colder. This kind of discussion fuels the climate change denial nonsense. There are still monkeys, so they can’t be our ancestors and this clearly proves that humans are not mammals.

CodePinko's avatar

Yes, it’s become very noisy with everyone going on about it.

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