Robert Redford, leading man, acclaimed director and ardent conservationist, has become an American father figure, and this week as we approach Father’s Day, he’s speaking dad-to-dad to President Obama.
Dunno how we missed this one, but last month a major re-check of American sentiment on climate change found that a whopping 74 percent — despite all the jokes and dissembling haunting the official dialogue on the topic — think that climate change is “affecting weather in the United States.”
The first half of 2012 was the hottest Jan-June period in the contiguous US states since record-keeping began 118 years ago, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)*.
Now it’s official: March 2012 was warmest on record in the continental US.
Unseasonably hot temperatures slammed into the Midwest, Eastern and Southern states, creating a sudden spring, and shattering more than 15,000 warm temperature records for localities in dozens of states from Maine to Nevada, and Georgia to Texas.