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Flotsam & Jetsam

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The 100-Degree Ocean. In less than two weeks in late July, innumerable reefs in the Florida Keys have been bleached white and killed by the extraordinary water temperatures. And summer isn't even over. While scientists have predicted the results of global warming for decades unless governments act, endless politicians have denied it even exists and refuse to act for all sorts of imaginary reasons. The governor of Florida, where the leap in temperature is causing havoc, has said he rejects the "politicization of the weather." But by denying basic, established climate science, is he not politicizing it?

And by the Way, Weather is Not Climate; Weather is what's happening today. Climate is what the weather is over a long period of time. This winter, Florida had some chilly days. That's weather. But Florida's average temperature is 2.5F higher than it was in 1970. That's today's climate. Of course, it's not just Florida's fault. The politicians of all the industrialized countries for the last 50 years are to blame. And the reefs die....


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