Need additional proof that climate change is a very real phenomenon? Consider that last month, the United States of America experienced its hottest May on record. As climate scientist David Titley said, “Nature is dealing cards from a very different deck now compared to the 20th century.”
During the first week of June, federal scientists announced that May shattered heat records across the U.S. Not only was it the warmest May on record, nearly 8,600 local heat records were also broken during the month. “The warmth was coast-to-coast,” said climate scientist Jake Crouch from NOAA’s National Center for Environmental Information.
According to USA Today, the upper Midwest and Ohio Valley experienced the worst heat waves. On May 28, the temperature in Minneapolis skyrocketed to a record 100 degrees F. Air conditioners gave out, roads buckled, and air-quality alerts were triggered as a result.
The average May temperature across the nation was 65.4 degrees, which is 5.2 degrees above average, according to the NOAA. Scientists are pointing to man-made global warming as the culprit. Two tropical systems churning in the Gulf of Mexico also pumped warm, moist air across the eastern U.S., as well.
It is worth noting that more than one-quarter of the contiguous U.S. remains in drought. Other states, including Maryland and Florida, experienced their wettest month of May on record. Furthermore, heavy winter snow melting has caused Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Wyoming to experience significant flooding.
Climate scientists warn that if carbon emissions are not curbed, that the greenhouse gas effect exacerbating climate change will spur more natural disasters. Flooding and rising sea levels, to name a few, are expected to lead to famine, riots, and mass casualties.
To help create a better future, consider adopting sustainable habits. Walk or bike to work, use reusable grocery bags whenever possible, say “no” to single-use plastics and straws, and use fewer resources when at home. What are your thoughts? Please comment below and share this news!