What possible evidence of climate change have you observed in your daily life?

A new report says Minnesota is warming faster than most other states. Today’s Question: What possible evidence of climate change have you observed in your daily life?

  • John
  • Gary F

    Agenda 21 from the United Nations. Better check it out. “Climate Change” is just a tool for the left for wealth distribution and to take away national sovereignty and person and economic freedoms all in the name of saving the planet.

  • Steve the Cynic

    The deniers keep trying harder to make their case, suggesting that at some level they know they’re losing the argument.

  • Bill

    I’ve noticed that the climate is in media. Labeling people deniers, attempts to take away from their logic. But unfortunately for the Labelers’ the Thinkers are still going to know the truth.

  • Jane

    I think it’s funny that the climate debate is over. When did it start? I feel I pay attention, and I’ve never seen a debate. The media is the denier/controller of reality.

  • T

    “With our eyes wide open we walk the plank.”

    Gotye

  • Jim G

    Peaches? Peaches! Grown in Minnesota.

    My better-half planted two peach trees in the front yard. They produced wonderful tree ripened fruit for 8 years before a snow-less below zero winter killed them off. We’ve planted two new peach trees which have already provided fruit for jellies and jams. Attention South Carolina and Georgia, in the near future Minnesota may become a competitor for best peach producing state. As a consolation prize, you might consider growing bananas or pineapples.

    Deer ticks? Lots of deer ticks. They weren’t here when I started hunting deer in the mid 70′s. The deer opener regularly saw the thermometer in the single-digits below zero. Now? I wear a vest and insect repellent pants for afternoon hunts..

  • Bryron

    I’ve noticed that as the climate changes people become more gullible.

  • James

    There is tons of evidence its getting hotter.

    It’s either because of greenhouse gases or not.

    Who cares?

    Nothing is going to change. We are not going to stop burning fossil fuels until we run out. It’s too cheap and too convenient and we are too dependent. And even if we reduce/stop, China, India, Brazil etc. are not going to stop. It’s too cheap and too convenient.

    If mankind is heating the planet and disaster is the ultimate consequence, mankind is going to see the disaster.

    Hopefully not in my lifetime.

  • Rich

    I spent most of the past winter in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in order to X country ski on natural snow. Ironically, the ski season in the UP was cut short by four weeks due to early rains. When I returned to Mpls in March, I was able to ride my road bicycle in shorts and a tee-shirt.

  • Ann

    Two guests on MPR completely evaded this question from a caller.Was the dust bowl caused by climate change? Gore’s interview on MPR derided people who don’t believe in climate change. He cited unusual weather events–implying that we haven’t had unusual weather events in the past. Many of the high and low records cited by the meteorologists occurred 50 to 100 years ago. I wondered for many years why people were still buying huge vehicles–long after the gas lines in the 1970′s. Why wasn’t Gore speaking out then? The people who think they are superior and “politically correct” seem to be able to convince MPR and other media that they have proof about everything. Many people just follow, never questioning whether or not it is the truth.The powerful ones in Hollywood also have a lot of influence in the media.My statement might go beyond the scope of the question, but MPR just doesn’t seem to question the validity of current beliefs about many things..

  • Emery

    North American seed companies are moving all their recommended grow zones one zone north.

  • matt

    I believe that climate change is caused by human activity…but don’t care. If the current climate change was caused by natural events we would be in the same boat. Change is change, it is generally a hard thing to deal with but stupid to fight against. Human population has exceeded its limits we will either come back in balance via natures response or via our penchant for killing each other. I suspect that our guns will perform the balancing long before coal fired power plants and autos will.

    Darwin taught us long ago it is not the critters that fight change that end up surviving.

  • Jim G

    Recently this spring the United States set thousands of record high temperatures.

    I postulate:

    A couple dozen hot spots is- daily weather.

    A couple thousand hot spots is- a troubling trend. Pay attention to troubling trends.

    A couple thousand hot head deniers is: Climate Denying Daftness. Again, just pay attention, and/or look for the man behind the curtain paying for deniers’ daftness.

  • inuit

    I rode bike early this year, a couple days in mid-March.

    Then couldn’t ride at all in April and the first half of May. Too cold.

    Short term means nothing. We must take the long look. The coldest winter in recorded MN history was only 15 years ago.

    The Little Ice Age ended less than 200 years ago, a blink of the eye, historically speaking.

    In the 1970′s, the scientific talk was of the coming of the New Ice Age.

    Weather goes in streaks. Always has, always will. A cold streak, or a warm one on the horizon, doesn’t matter. It will come and go, and then the opposite will happen.

    We do know one thing for sure, though. There is lots of money to be made by those who promote the Global Warming concept.

  • Brad

    Cold is a relative term. I have been on my bike since early March. I dress for the weather and have ridden over 1600 miles so far this season.

    I find it rather amusing how so many people have problems with science whenever it clashes with their view of the world, be it evolution or global warming. Strangely, few question the theory of gravity which has far less evidence.

    I love skepticism, it’s an integral part of science. But please do read up on the evidence. It’s all out in the open for those who bother to read it, there is no conspiracy.

    I also find it strange how people with no background in science always seem to know better than our best scientists.

  • Jim G

    As I type this post HAIL is pelting my roof. What the Hail? I’m observing more severe weather with large hail and winds than I experienced in my younger days.

  • inuit

    Surely you jest.

    There are a hundred trillion proofs of gravity per second.

    There are zero proofs of global warming, as the goosestepper environmentalists define it.

    People with “no background in science” can evaluate the facts objectively.

    Trained scientists, on the other hand, each of whom awaits his next free-taxpayer-money Grant from the Federal Government, must always have an angle to investigate which is Grant-worthy.

    I frequently put my scientific abilities up against the so-called best. I always come out on top. You see, I have the objectivity necessary to find the truth in the facts. And the cranial capacity. Plus the desire. No contest.

  • Wally

    CHIGGERS!! I moved north years ago, to escape them. And now the *#^*()&#&&!*#$* little buggers are marching north.

    Yeah, there’s climate change, but what about climate change before SUV’s? There’s a reason Greenland was GREEN. It had grass, and the Vikings raised cattle there, and they didn’t have Hummers.

    When Mt. Tambora blew its top in 1815, it produced what is called “The Year Without a Summer,” with crop failures and famine.

    Oh yes, our cars make greenhouse gasses, and so do cows, but there are more powerful causes for climate change than anything we do. We think too much of ourselves and our power.

    So go out and get that Escalade? NO. That’s just wasteful and stupid.

    Yeah, and I rode my motorcycle in every month, except December. Could have, but just couldn’t believe the winter wouldn’t arrive. And did ride my bicycle all winter.

    But don’t guilt yourself on the days you have to drive.

    [Hey, Inuit . . WELL SAID!]

  • Wally

    p.s. One fascinating entry at Wikipedia. Check out:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_Without_a_Summer

  • Erin

    I see the evidence of human influence on our planet all the time, on the side of the roads, sitting in my car, hiking in the parks, and from my window facing my apartment’s dumpster. It is simple. We create trash, be it the diapers or the red solo cups or the excess carbon and other “invisible” pollutants coming out of our tailpipes and smokestacks. Climate change does occur in nature without our influence, but please remember that with 7 billion people living here, with our ability to create things that last for decades, even generations, in the environment such as plastics, our influence on how this planet reacts to excess energy/junk is real. We aren’t entirely to blame, but we must accept our responsibility when the blame comes to our side of the table. First, accept the responsibility. What we do with it will determine how climate change will affect our lives.

  • Surley the Cynic

    Jim G, that’s the sky falling.

    They sky is falling! The sky is falling!

  • Jim G

    And when the sky falls it only takes one good-sized chunk to ruin your plans for the day. ;-)

  • Ann

    I am so glad that there are so many people out there who have faith in scientists. Please help me with some questions. Is it true that cows and pigs are a big factor in global warming and why aren’t we being told more about this? What exactly can organic food do for me and should I get a loan to pay for the expensive stuff? Should I get vaccinations and not worry about side affects? Should I drink coffee? What causes pancreatic cancer?Why are we putting so much junk on lawns–I thought chemicals caused health problems. I thought people were concerned about weight–why is pizza and beer sold everywhere in huge amounts?

  • Melina

    We now have possum.

  • Allie

    Some people are skeptics, others are simply deniers.

    Skepticism is an overall approach that requires all information to be well supported by evidence. Skeptics always look for facts and ask for evidence, which they try to evaluate as objectively as they can. Skeptics change their position. Scientists are natural skeptics.

    In contrast, denialism takes a contrarian position regardless of any evidence, and even when repeatedly confronted with evidence they cannot refute on the basis of logic and accepted facts. Deniers are only interested in facts that support their position and ignore any evidence to the contrary. Deniers simply know the truth when they see it. They never change their mind.

  • Jim G

    Ann,

    Without science, humans have relied on magical thinking to explain their world. I’d rather use the scientific method and peer review to reveal the truth about our planet’s climate change.

  • Steve the Cynic

    Which is more likely? That the theory of anthropogenic climate change was ginned up as part of a vast international leftist conspiracy to impose global socialism? Or that huge multinational fossil fuel companies, abetted by a populace unwilling to admit that it has been benefitting from activities that are harmful to the ecosystem and to the developing world, are raising illegitimate doubts about the science?

    Remember what the tobacco used to do?

  • ken

    History shows that warmer is better for humans, so I say lets heat it up more. The more carbon the better!

    I’m not a big fan of nuclear power, radiation is not carbon.

  • david

    20 years ago a bad cross country ski season was rare, now its the norm.

  • Gary F

    I hope you were all suckers for Time magazine’s article on GLOBAL COOLING 40 years ago!

  • suestuben

    Hard to believe that a gardener or farmer has not weighed in–they certainly have noticed the changes. It is much more difficult to raise plants these days because we can’t count on the same weather trends that we’ve relied on for the last 40 years. I’ve lost plants that were always reliable due to heat and rainfall flucuations. Three years ago we had a hot, dry May (unheard of in my lifetime) that cost us millions in lost crops. But this past May was the wettest on record. March has always been the snowiest month (I remember being stranded at the airport overnight 24 years ago due to a 2-foot snowstorm) but this past March was far too hot for snow.

    If we look at the plants, you see vast evidence of change–the lilacs began blooming last October before it finally got cold, then began coming out in March only to be frozen again in April. Some of my lilacs were able to flower again but others didn’t flower at all. The plants are confused because the weather patterns that caused them to be reliable in this climate have changed. The pine trees are retreating northward because of the heat and prairie plants that once found MN too cold are moving into the state.

    Insects, too, are changing. We had mosquitoes in March (!) because of a puny winter that didn’t kill them off completely. Cockroaches and termites are being reported in southern MN where they’ve never been before. Nature is the biggest indicator that change is underway; it tells us to “pay attention” or suffer the consequences.

  • NeilC

    I happen to believe that humans are altering their world in bad ways. I also agree with James’ post at 8:47 this morning.

    Also, I believe human impact on climate change is not provable over the short term, no matter how many studies we do and how many dollars we spend.

    We know it’s getting warmer. We know glaciers are retreating. We know that CO2 levels are increasing rapidly and that CO2 traps heat. We know that computer models, which may or may not be well designed, suggest more CO2 in the atmosphere is a bad thing. Unfortunately, that’s about where the knowledge ends.

    We don’t really know if the warming trend is a trend or a cycle. We don’t really know the other forces at work. We don’t know something as simple as whether more heat will result in more clouds and more solar reflection and a new equilibrium. We don’t even know the impact of generally higher temperatures. We assume things get worse. Maybe things get better.

    We will know in a thousand years, or maybe earlier if some of the dire forecasts come true.

    I, for one, am much more worried about diseases affecting our huge monoculture food supplies.

  • kennedy

    Less opportunity for winter recreation due to scarcity of snow and ice.

  • Gary F

    Cockroaches have always existed in MN. Termites, I’d like to see a link for that one. They don’t start until northern MO or southern IA. I doubt that.

    In the 1500′s they had grapes and made wine in Norway. Why not today?

  • Art

    Bullfrogs have popped up more often.

    Severity and frequency of storms is increasing.

    I’m guessing Minnesota, getting very little benefit from the Great Lakes as a temperature buffer, and being distant from oceans, will continue to experience more unsettled and warm weather. It would be interesting to see if other regions in the center of large land masses are also warming more quickly.

  • georges

    West Texas Intermediate went up 2.12% today. If it keeps rising at this pace, by 2016 only those people as wealthy as Mark Dayton will be able to buy a gallon of gasoline.

    The DOW went up 155 points today. If it continues at that rate, by 2028 Goldman Sachs will own all the wealth in the entire world.

    Murders in Chicago are up 60%. If they continue at that growth rate, everyone in Chicago will be dead by 2017.

    The temperature outside the other day was 95, ten degrees higher than on the same date a year ago. If it keeps rising at the same pace, the temperatures in 2053 will average 385 degrees Fahrenheit. And, the polar ice caps will melt. Totally.

    Get a grip, folks.

    And, remember. It never….that is, NEVER………”continues at the same pace”. Nothing does. Ever.

  • Wally
  • Sue de Nim

    Huge swarms of moths, more numerous than any of my elderly acquaintences can remember.

  • lol @ MPR

    MANBEARPIG

  • David Poretti

    A question to all those in denial regarding climate change. What piece of evidence is missing that would allow you to reevaluate your “belief” regarding climate change? Open seas in the Arctic Ocean? Glaciers melting? Eco-systems collapsing? Invasive/migratory species that have never lived this far north? Study after study from organizations such as NOMA, NASA, NSA, CIA, DoD, National Geographic, the Scientific Union and 100’s more that are sounding the alarms, or does a coal industry funded “study” and right-wing talking points trump all? What hard data, like temperature trends and carbon measurements are missing for you? What? What is missing, besides your willingness to think about this issue objectively?

  • Steve the Cynic

    Why do you assume evidence has anything to do with it, David? Most folks don’t base their opinions on evidence; they interpret the evidence in light of their opinions.