The Union of Concerned Scientists writes: “Temperatures are increasing much faster in the Western U.S. than for the planet as a whole. Since 1970, average annual temperatures in the Western U.S. have increased by 1.9° F, about twice the pace of the global average warming.”
As climatic zones move north and south from the equator, hotter, dryer conditions are already causing an epidemic of wildfires. Droughts affecting water supplies for human and agricultural use are also in progress. Global warming and climate change are not hypothetical risks: Property damage, loss of life and threats of more are facts of life today. Can we call global warming an emergency yet?