"Respecting Her Seniority"
Humanity should spend less time outwitting
Nature and more respecting her seniority.
As humans lose respect for the Earth,
so does Nature lose respect for humanity.
The reliable winter snows disappear;
the rain dries up and goes away.
Heat waves bloom and bake,
hotter and more often than before.
Hail hammers the summer streets,
burying them under feet of ice.
The world grows less moderate,
more extreme, as humans do the same.
As above, so below -- the frame
of a fractal universe.
That's not just religion:
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"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority."
-- E.B. White
As the Earth has warmed over the past 30 years, the global water cycle has begun to change. In particular, our snows have begun to disappear. The implications for the water systems we’ve built and operate are vast and pervasive. And despite decades of research, observations, and outreach to water managers, we’re not ready.
A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in the U.S. has found that reduced rainfall in western parts of the U.S. may be playing a more important role than increased temperatures in spreading more and bigger wildfires. In their paper published in Proceedings of that National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study of rainfall and fires in the area, and what they found.
Across the globe, hot days are getting hotter and more frequent, while we’re experiencing fewer cold days. Over the past decade, daily record high temperatures have occurred twice as often as record lows across the continental United States, up from a near 1:1 ratio in the 1950s. Heat waves are becoming more common, especially in the U.S. West, although in many parts of the country the 1930s still holds the record for number of heat waves (caused by the Dust Bowl and other factors).
A bizarre summer hailstorm left a Mexican city buried in up to six feet of ice Sunday. The unusual weather event in Guadalajara –northwest of the capital of Mexico City – damaged homes and cars, but there were no reports of injuries.
We're seeing hotter heat waves, drier droughts, bigger storm surges and more.
Scientists are detecting a stronger link between the planet's warming and its changing weather patterns.
Though it can be hard to pinpoint whether climate change intensified a particular weather event, we're learning more.