Week of August 11, 2019


 July, of course, is in the midst of summer and is usually warm and uncomfortable—so why are the climate scientists saying that this July of 2019 is different?  In fact some of these scientists are now replacing the term climate change with climate emergency! Opinions can differ, but clearly this July has been shown as the hottest month ever—since records have been kept.  The world Meteorological Organization and the EU’s Copernicus Program stated that this July’s recorded temperatures surpassed 2016 figures and were about 1.2 degrees C above the pre-industrial levels and fast approaching the 1.5 degree C rise that the Paris Accord set as the limits of change. July heat waves hit Paris (108.6 degrees F) Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands (104-105 degrees F), drought and drinking water emergencies in India, wildfires in the Arctic (releasing 100 mega tons of carbon dioxide), loss of the ice sheet in Greenland (197 billion tons of lost ice—average summer is only 60 million tons of lost ice.), extremely hot waves in the US (Anchorage, Alaska—hottest July ever). All of this heat is occurring in a non-El Nino Year.  This is another danger signal, because an El Nino year is usually warmer.  Clearly, we must stop this trend. It is affecting human health, world -wide food security issues, economic upset (think losses from extreme floods, fires, tornados, etc.), and, of course, it is damaging the web of life that supports and sustains the planet.

EARTH STEWARD ACTION:  Please vote and advocate for sustainable policies and leaders at all levels.  We can also plant shade trees, purchase energy star appliances. Change to a cool roof that reflects heat, “beef up” insulation in our homes, use ceiling fans, and wear light clothing. 

SOURCES:  www.epa.gov/heat-island/what-you-can-do-reduce, https://www.livescience.com/66084-july.2019-hottest-month-ever,