How the new world of climate change and disruption of nature is challenging the American spirit uri icon

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  • <p>He is currently working with the Union of Concerned Scientists and a team of experts in the Northeast on a regional climate change impacts assessment. This is the second in a regular column of ideas and opinion. Submissions are invited.</p>

    <p>It is a cold, snowy day in April as I write this. A little global warming sounds appealing at times like this, but we should be careful what we wish for. Warmer winters are predicted to increase lake-effect snows, for example, because the warmer lakes will evaporate more moisture into the atmosphere. We have created a new world where we can no longer rely on historical weather records to tell us what to expect; they only tell us how far from "normal" we have strayed.</p>