First time in my whole life we had to turn on the AC for Thanksgiving.
Breaking heat records here.
Haha ...can finally
have a my b-day pool party
It's happening, regardless. ...
I feel that as stewards of the earth we are the one responsible for speaking up. We are the witches, the observers, watching the signs before our eyes, we can tell when the rain is coming and if it will be a hard winter by what the plants and animals around us are doing etc...
There were very few acorns on the ground or in the trees this year, and that is in direct correlation to weather. Not only warmer temps, but fluctuations in hot and cold. A cold snap in spring could ruin production. Drought is another, as is a heat wave in early winter.
I think even moreso than global warming...it's more like global wonky weather, I may have mentioned the humidity was unprecedented this last summer. Will we get a freeze this year? In my area there is usually 1 or 2 days, just enough to kill some tender plants, this hasn't happened in some time.
Traveled to the Sierras a few weeks back...The sequoias are suffering, they can only live in perfect situations. That situation has left. The other trees in the forest are dying also...the bark beetle takes advantage of drought stressed trees. Never seen so many dead trees, and I have been traveling to those mountains for nearly 60 years. Course forest management could be better.
Critters like the pika cannot stand the heat either, and they are disappearing. On the upside, bald eagles are making a comeback, even saw one (for the first time) just last week flying next to the freeway in the central coast!
Trees are our friends, Sequoiadendron gigantea:
http://e360.yale.edu/features/giant_seq ... ng_climate
large sequoias that have well-developed root systems and are tapped into reliable underground water supplies will be able to handle warming for decades. But since their seedlings may be subjected to ever-longer periods of drought, earlier melting of snowpack could mean failure in sequoia regeneration; seedlings have to make it through the first couple of summers while they establish a good root system.