There had never been as hot a 12-month period in NASA’s database as February 2014–January 2015. But that turned out to be a very short-lived record.
NASA reported this weekend that last month was the second-hottest February on record, which now makes March 2014–February 2015 the hottest 12 months on record. This is using a 12-month moving average, so we can “see the march of temperature change over time,” rather than just once every calendar year.
Thr top illustration shows the temperature above or below the average, from around the globe, based on NASA satellite data.
It is in the 90s today in LA. We will see more of this as long as politicians refuse to even acknowledge the existence of climate change and the causes for it.
And this is why Ted Cruz wants NASA to stop working on climate change. It keeps coming up with data that shows just how bad things are. He seems to feel if there is no data, then things won’t be so bad.
He obviously has read 1984. Ignorance is Strength. War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery.
California may not have any water after next year, due to the continuing drought. Water for farms, water for food and water for people. Gone.
But then NASA is behind that data also.
The inability of well educated politicians (Cruz is a Harvard Law graduate) to acknowledge science, while fully embracing fantasy, will be the doom of America.
Cruz is a smart man doing harmful things. Ignorance gives him tremendous political power.
But it hurts us all. Not knowing, not understanding, refusing to examine. Those are the traits that lead to collapse, not growth,
Humanity may never recover. We could fix this, with less economic impact than doing nothing.
But ideologues may well doom millions to starvation and death, while still destroying jobs and the economy.
It is a race, between the willful idiocy of leaders like Ted Cruz that will bring humanity down, and the willful idealism of leaders like Elon Musk that will raise humanity up.
Most days I feel the latter will win but today, I am worried about the increasing irrationality of the willfully ignorant.