Climate change is still on course, as it was reported earlier today that 2012 is the hottest year on record. The National Climatic Data Center’s report stated that the first eight months of 2012 in the US had the highest temperatures ever recorded, and that the summer season of June, July and August were the third highest ever recorded.
The US’s 2012 temperature average is four degrees higher than the year’s average. This year’s temperature average is one degree above the second hottest year, 2006. The increase in warmth is consistent across the states: Death Valley, California was recently named the hottest place on earth with a record of 126 degrees F.
Drought conditions continue to affect a lot of the US — and Tara can even bare witness to it! She visited Moab, UT last month and took a day to go rafting on the Colorado River; however, it turned out to be more like a floating trip. Due to a small amount of snowfall over the winter months, the water level during the summer was low and there were very few rapids. It made for a very calm trip down the river!
Our questions for society are: what is the social and economic cost of climate change? What is the best way to mitigate short- and long-term impact?
Conceived, Developed and Written by Dr. Subodh Das and Tara Mahadevan
September 22, 2012
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