Our Record-Breaking Summer: A Glimpse of Global Warming and Climate Change

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July 3 2012 2:36 PM

Our Record-Breaking Summer: A Glimpse of Global Warming and Climate Change

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A view of wildfire damage in Colorado's Mountain Shadow neighborhood, which was burned by wildfires about 72 hours ago, June 29, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages

Killer drought, blazing wildfires, scorching heat waves—they sound like the Old Testament, but America’s current summer is more like the new normal.

That’s according to climate scientists, who have warned of extreme weather changes from global warming for decades. With 3,000 daily high temperature records set in the month of June alone, the science behind the climate change arguments is becoming more palpable across the country. The Associated Press reports that over 2.1 million acres have burned in wildfires, and over a third of the country’s residents were under extreme heat advisories last Friday. Two thirds of America is also experiencing drought, while other areas have been hit with extreme rainstorms.

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"This is what global warming is like,” said Jerry Meehl, a climate expert at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. “We’ll see more of this as we go into the future.” Perfect. Time to start hoarding water in earnest.

Video by Jim Festante.

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.

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