Friday, March 06, 2015
Scientists measured record levels of CO2 in the atmosphere during the month of February, and they expect to break that record in March. The public either didn't know or yawned. Who cares about atmospheric warming when there are record levels of snow and cold in the Midwest and Northeast. It has been obvious for some time that there is a disconnect between the scientific community and average citizens. The missing link is the impact of global warming on the individual. There is no good way to show the personal effect of melting glaciers and the receding arctic ice packs. Scientists talk of impacts in 50 to 100 years, but most of today's citizens except the youngest will never see these changes. So, researchers continue to sound the klaxon in frustration. It will take a catastrophic event or series of them to bring the public around. That is a poor communication but there is little else that might work.