You would think the fact that we are heating up the world beyond habitability would be enough to make people stop and look at what's going down.
To be fair, some are.
Others have decided to simply reject that fact.
And most simply don't care. At least not enough to make it the existential priority it seems to be.
Which is weird. So I like this NY Times piece for breaking that down, rather than pointing fingers or shaking heads.
Why are most people seemingly indifferent to what could be the end of the line for most people?
By taking a fresh look at the data - not just the fact that temperatures are rising, but where people are experiencing it and how, they draw a startling insight: so far, for many, it's been like an upgrade. Warmer winters overall, and no big change in summers.
Freak storms? Sure. But those are freak events.
Truth is, those pleasant warm winters and no-change summers will give way to much less enjoyable seasons, punctuated with increasing frequency by extreme storms and events.
But arguing against no-coat Januaries is tough. Better to focus on the threat of flash floods, super-cell tornadoes and major hurricanes if we want people to get serious about what we are doing to the planet.
Record-breaking temperatures are occurring with alarming frequency in the United States, but Americans are reacting with a collective shrug. In a poll taken in January, after the country’s warmest December on record, the Pew Research Center found that climate change ranked close to last on a list of the public’s policy priorities. Why?