One day, it’s pouring rain. The next, heavy snow. It has been day after day of wild winter weather and apart from drivers still being unable to adjust and causing all sorts of traffic mayhem, the weather is on everyone’s minds more than ever.
Incessant storms on the west coast. Flooding incident after incident in Oceanside. High winds blowing trees down on cars. A lightning storm near Parksville less than a week ago.
Weather is big news. It’s the front line of what many politicians, scientists and environmentalists are calling a wave of global-warming-related weather systems. In other words, the weather we see, it is said, stems from humanity’s impact on global climate essentially pollution causing the earth’s temperature to rise slightly and altering air and sea currents.
There are plenty of people unwilling to believe it just a glance to our Pages of the Past column to the right indicates there was wild weather 10 and 20 years ago or at least frustrated about doing anything in the face of highly-technical explanations and information overload.
Yet, the weather and what might be causing it cannot be ignored. With more evidence available that humanity is at the root of such global change, the issue is getting more air time and will be a strong contender for political points this year and in the next spate of elections.
This year, The News will try to do its part in helping readers understand the issue of global warming and offer simple, straightforward tips for individual change. Watch for more in the weeks ahead as we try to help clear the air about global warming.