US public opinion agrees more with science about Climate Destabilization after a rough year.
One of the more striking findings was that 35 percent of the public reported being affected by extreme weather in the past year. The United States was hit in 2011 by a remarkable string of disasters affecting virtually every region, including droughts, floods, tornadoes and heat waves.
Dr. Leiserowitz said that recent events might be puncturing the public’s “very simplistic mental model of what global warming is supposed to be.”
In Philadelphia we had hardly any Winter weather this Winter, and the past year has been very warm. Unusually heavy rain saturated the soil, then unusual heavy storms downed more mature trees on our street than in the previous 21 years since we moved in, one right on top of my house.
So I'm among those affected. How about you?
We had an unseasonably warm winter here in Reno. On Jan. 1, there was NO snow on the mountains, which is unheard of! Toward the end of January we got a little snow, and now, mid-April, we are still getting snow flurries occasionally, although that's ALSO almost unheard of. The Donner Party should have picked THIS year to go over the Sierras!
The Senate Climate Change Hearing paid most attention to storm surge threats increasing due to rising sea levels.
...by 2030, storm-driven floods reaching 4 feet above the high tide line will occur twice as often as today.
Strauss presented the committee with data showing that there are nearly 300 energy facilities in the U.S. that are situated less than 4 feet above sea level, and 4.9 million Americans who live below the 4-foot mark, making them extremely vulnerable to flooding from a combination of sea level rise and storm surge.
How close are these threats to you?
Keep Fukushima in mind, because some of these "energy facilities" are Nuclear Power Plants, in which case prevailing winds from their location to yours must be considered. Nuclear Power plants situated by the ocean or rivers for access to cooling water become a meltdown risk component in the larger Climate Destabilization risk equation.