Climate change is real. Don’t get me wrong. Even before we started pumping CO2 into the atmosphere like it was going out of style it has always been happening — we have just accelerated it. But these days, despite the notorious deniers, you cannot participate in a story about nature without it coming to the fore.
Take this past week. It’s been a wild week in the oceans down here in Southern California. First there was the proliferation of great white shark sightings, then an 18 foot long oar fish, followed by a rare saber tooth (or is is an even rarer Ginko-toothed beaked whale?), and another oar fish (this time a 14 foot baby). Must be global warming. Right?
Well my sources say that is what every interviewer wants our scientists to say. They try to lead them down that path — warm ocean, unseasonable temperatures acidification?
Climate change is real: but let’s not lead the witness. These discoveries are remarkable enough without ascribing them to global warming. They are giving us a glimpse of the unseen beauty of the ocean. Isn’t that reason enough to protect it? I think so.