Chicago Green Jobs

Chicago: Leading the Climate Change Trends!
June 16, 2009, 7:48 pm
Filed under: Green Job Research

I overheard a conversation the other day that went like this: “I can’t believe how cold and rainy it is – guess this pretty much proves that global warming is garbage.”

Now normally I would launch into a pedantic explanation of trends vs. events, but now we’ve got some DATA!  According to a new report by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) our current craptacular weather puts Chicago right on trend for climate change effects!

Check out this little gem courtesy of David Fahrenthold in the Washington Post: “The heaviest rainstorms have already become 67 percent heavier since 1958 in the Northeast, as warmer weather evaporates more water vapor into the atmosphere to feed storm clouds. Around the Great Lakes, “lake effect” snowstorms could get heavier as ice recedes and exposes more open water.”

Tell your friends: climate change will ruin your bar-b-que!

The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has been coordinating and synthesizing  federal research on climate change and its implications since 1989. In this report they have dispensed with the pussy-footing and gotten down to brass tacks: this is what we can expect if current trends continue.

The full report is beautifully organized around the impacts affecting different regions in the US – I strongly recommend taking a few minutes to click around and explore.


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