What climate change means to Chicago

Posted: 5/15/2014

From Daily Herald:

You may be asking yourself: Is Chicago in for another summer like the one we had in 2012? But that's the wrong question. The right question is whether or not the weather we had that summer is going to become the norm.

Few will have forgotten that brutal heat, when a string of humid, hot days led to heat-related deaths and significant impacts of crop yields in Illinois. Back in 1995, Chicago experienced a tragic heat wave when 700 people lost their lives. With the long, cold, snowy winter of 2013-2014 fresh in our memory, it's easy to wonder if the climate is truly warming. It is. That is not a controversial conclusion among climate researchers. Climate, or average weather, is getting warmer globally and in Illinois. While we slogged through the past winter, parts of Europe, Asia, and South America experienced record heat, making March 2014 the world's fourth warmest on record. The 15 hottest years on record worldwide have occurred since 1998. Read more.