Climate Conscious
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Climate Conscious

Ice on the Lake Michigan shoreline
Frozen shores of Lake Michigan, Upper Peninsula. Photo by Christian Yonkers.

To Fight Climate Change, Science and Story Must Kiss

A melting icicle, January, Michigan.
An icicle melts in an unusually warm January day in Michigan. Photo by Christian Yonkers.

Climate change hits home: How memories of my rural stomping grounds are melting away (literally)

There’s no place like home

Science and story kiss

November 15, Opening Day

NOAA graph showing November temperature trends in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Since the early 60s, average November temperatures have risen by 0.3 degrees per decade. NOAA National Centers for Environmental information, Climate at a Glance: City Time Series, published January 2021, retrieved on January 18, 2021 from https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/
NOAA graph showing November temperature trends for the state of Michigan.
Since 1895, statewide November temperatures have risen by 0.3 degrees per decade.

Christmas Day

Since the early 60s, average December temperatures have risen by 0.8 degrees per decade. NOAA National Centers for Environmental information, Climate at a Glance: City Time Series, published January 2021, retrieved on January 18, 2021 from https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cag/

Putting it all together

“Yeah, but humans don’t cause climate change.”

Climate change is leading to greater extreme weather events like hurricanes
Photo by NASA on Unsplash

El Niño Southern Oscillation and the solar cycle

ENSO, solar cycles, and volcanoes don’t cause climate change … we do

Conclusion

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Christian Wayne Yonkers

A Michigan-based journalist and photographer creating content for environmental and social change.