Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Climate Change Name

Since 1954, the World Meteorological Organization has been naming extreme storms after people. But we propose a new naming system. One that names extreme storms caused by climate change, after the policy makers who deny climate change and obstruct climate policy. If you agree, sign the petition at

The science is clear: global warming is happening faster than ever and humans are responsible. This is a major problem because global warming destabilizes the delicate balance that makes life on this planet possible. Just a few degrees in temperature can completely change the world as we know it, and threaten the lives of millions of people around the world.

2012 was the hottest year on record in the United States, and 10 of the past 15 years have been the hottest on record globally. And as the planet heats up, our weather is becoming more extreme and less predictable. Scientists are expecting a 3.6 degree Fahrenheit increase in global ocean temperature in the next century. Globally, sea levels have already risen 4 inches since 1950, and in the North East U.S., the sea level has risen four times faster than the global average.

The combination of hotter oceans and higher sea levels is the perfect recipe for extreme storms. Storms will likely become more intense as seawater warms. In fact, insurance companies say severe weather of all kinds is on the rise with expensive results. Meanwhile, climate change is steadily raising sea levels, which makes storms more devastating to the cities they hit.



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