|Source: Eric Holthaus|
Why does this matter? Well, apart from evidence that global warming is continuing decade by decade, the warming of the arctic makes severe winter storms in the NE USA 2 to 4 tim4es more likely. This is probably because the polar vortex is weakened, though researchers still need to do more research about that.
“Our statistical analysis shows that one is more likely to be struck by lightning, attacked by a shark, and win the Powerball all at the same time than the possibility of severe winter weather in the northeastern US not being related to Arctic temperatures,” Cohen says.
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The evidence that the world is warming and that it is already having serious climate and economic consequences just keeps mounting. It's not enough to promise zero emissions in 2050. That's too far away. Pious protestations of future virtue are not enough. We must set out a year-by-year target. For example, we should decide to make electricity generation 100% green in 20 years' time, i.e., by 2038. To reach that target, every year 5% of generation capacity would need to be converted away from coal or gs to renewables. To set a year-by-year target makes it more likely that we will achieve our long term target.