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As the temperatures start to dip, and the calendar begins to advance, we begin to hope that we’ve put the worst of hurricane season behind us and severe thunderstorms feel more like a hazy summertime memory.
Whatever time and attention we gave to effects of, and debate around climate change, seem as though they can perhaps recede until next year as we concern ourselves with the winter ahead.
Human-generated climate change is an issue year-round.
Folks in the winter recreation industry have already begun to feel its effects.
“Warming has already shifted snowfall patterns around the country. It has made winters hotter, on average, and is shrinking the number of days per year with below-freezing temperatures, which are essential to almost all winter recreation activities,” according to one recent report.
On the flip side of the coin, climate change, once unfortunately referred to as “global warming,” actually can create more-severe winter weather.
And then there is also the study of the effects of climate change on so-called “weather whiplash,” where weather in one place is freezing one day but a balmy 60 degrees Fahrenheit the next.
Of course, we also must look beyond the planet’s colder climes this time of year, where droughts and other harsh conditions may still be possible, and where sea-level rise will continue to pose a significant threat.
No, now is no time to take a vacation on challenge of climate change.
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