We get email! Some guy in Norway asks:
Re: Show 1. november 2015
Can you honestly answer this question?…
How did the “Climate Change” change your life the last years?
..specifically about your actual real life experience about this…
p.s. I am an atheist/sceptic…
That is kind of a misleading question, because it’s much too broad. It’s like asking “How did low education standards in Texas change your life in the last few years?” It is a large scale systemic problem that has a lot of far reaching consequences. The costs to any given individual may be high or they may be undetectable, but the overall problems with poor education are unavoidable.
But if you insist… one example of direct impact to us would be that the state of Texas experienced a very lengthy drought between 2010 and 2014. 2011 was the driest year in Texas history. Partly as a result of this, a series of devastating wildfires swept the state in 2011, resulting in an estimated economic loss of $3.4 billion to the state.
Did droughts happen in previous decades? Of course. There are certain self-identified “skeptics” who look for any excuse to avoid dealing with the consequences of what is overwhelming scientific consensus. If you are that sort of person, then I have no doubt you can dismiss any one individual event as unrelated to the thing you’re pretending isn’t real. In the same way, creationists are adept at ignoring or explaining away scientific data that is most clearly explained by evolution.
But evolution IS scientific consensus, and so is global climate change. And like the impact of poor education, the impacts of climate change are measured on a large, statistical scale that isn’t properly addressed by asking to reduce it to the level of individual anecdotal experience.
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