Monday night a torrent of rain woke me, and then came the thunder and lighting. A thousand years ago I would have blamed it on the gods and despaired of their anger. Now I blame it on humankind and feel despair.
I have lived in the Puget Sound area for nearly 60 years. That storm would have been uncommon 10 years ago. Now it is less so. Drenching rains similar to the monsoons I experienced in Japan happen more often. Links between extreme weather and climate change are rarely made, but it is time to start making them.
Bill Nye the Science Guy can surely be trusted. He has done an experiment with two jars. One of the jars has CO2 in it, while the other has oxygen. He shines a light on them and watches the temperature of the jars. The one filled with CO2 gets hotter faster.
His experiment mimics what we do every day. We pour 88 million tons of CO2 into the thin blanket of our atmosphere every day. It does not go into outer space. It is only logical that this is going to cause problems.
We in the beautiful Northwest have escaped many of those problems. We have not experienced devastating floods like Thailand and Bangladesh. Our houses are not in flames. Our crops are not ruined by drought.
Why care about a little thunder and lightning? Because it is our country and our world that are hurting. The earth gods are angry.