An ocean of data

When you are overwhelmed with something, it’s easy to ignore it.  Even to the point of your own detriment.  Bills that pile up. Doctor appointments that always give bad news. Everyone tells you, you’re going to have to pay it eventually. Eventually may be a long long time.

Climate change is like that. There is a ton of data. Temperature studies, wind analysis, glacial shifts, stats on marine flora, fauna and animals. Much of it is like the frog in a pot of boiling water.  It gets hotter and hotter but you don’t really notice until it’s too late.

But many of us have noticed. Fire seasons are longer. Rains are more torrential. Hurricanes are more prevalent. Record high temperatures.

All of these lead not just to more time spent trying to adjust, but things like more expensive insurance. More fatigue as you slog through your day. More expensive seafood, vegetables and other groceries.

Secondarily, it lends to shorter tempers. More irritation with little things.  Tempers flare, violence ensues. Frog in a pot.

So what can you as an individual do? First thing is to figure out what you’re swatting at.  If you can see it, measure it, describe it, you are much better off figuring out how to fix it.

This is about being able to see it.

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