India just set a scary new heat record. It should be a warning.
To say that it was "shorts weather" in Rajasthan, India, yesterday would be ... a bit of an understatement.
That's 51 degrees Celsius. Which is 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Which is not only the hottest temperature ever recorded in that country — it's not all that far off from the safe internal temperature for a cooked chicken.
That's ... more than a little alarming.
OK, but just because it was super hot in one place at one time doesn't prove that global warming is a thing.
True! Single extreme weather events can't prove or disprove global climate trends. What can prove them is actual long-term data. And that, unfortunately, keeps piling up.
January 2016 was the hottest single month on record.
Until it was beaten by...
February 2016, which smashed January's record like a particularly smashy bug.
February had a nice run, until it ran into...
March 2016, which totally owned February, ate its lunch, and kicked it out the door.
You can guess where this is going next. March's temperature record lasted all of no days at all before it was bested by...
April 2016, which was actually the 12th consecutive hottest month of all time.
The good news is, for the first time in forever, we have something resembling a plan.
Last year in Paris, delegates from 195 countries, including top polluters the U.S. and China, signed the most comprehensive climate agreement of all time, each pledging to limit emissions in order to keep the total global temperature increase under 2 degrees Celsius.
Great, right? Pretty great.
But there's a hitch on the horizon.
Namely, this guy:
Donald Trump told Reuters reporters yesterday that as president, he'd "re-negotiate" the Paris Agreement "at minimum."
"At a maximum, I may do something else," he warned.
Do we really want to find out what "something else" is, America?
Given, however, that his approach to one of the most serious issues of our time is at best vague and at worst an implicit threat to human civilization, it's important that Americans who care about global warming exercise our freedom to not vote for him or any other politician that doesn't promise to take serious steps to combat climate change.
There's simply too much at stake.
Not just sea level rise. Not just massive population displacement. And not just worldwide crop devastation or extreme weather — but the loss of countless lives.
The good news? We still have a chance to vote that future down.
Let's not waste it, 'kay?