According to some news reports, 2015 was the warmest year on record and 2016 is predicted to be even warmer.
Working in my backyard last weekend, I’d have to say Saturday and Sunday were the two warmest days I’ve ever felt in January. Both days were well above 70, and the temperature gauge topped 80 on Sunday. And that’s saying a lot when the two days are Jan. 30 and 31.
According to the weather page in Monday’s Killeen Daily Herald, Killeen had a temperature of 82 on Sunday, shattering the previous Jan. 31 record high of 76 set in 1983.
Just about all of Central Texas had temperatures in the 80s Sunday, including 82 at Fort Hood, 83 in Temple and 82 in Copperas Cove.
I was able to get some good work in during the weekend, including building a new gate for our chicken yard and cutting up a lot of logs for a new keyhole garden.
The bad news is that this whole record-breaking heat wave just doesn’t seem quite natural to me. Sure, weather is weather and can change constantly, especially in Central Texas. My old platoon sergeant at Fort Hood used to say: “Don’t like the weather in Texas? Just wait five minutes. It’ll change.”
Fast-forward 20 years, and scientists say that it’s not just the weather that’s changing, but the world’s climate, and a few degrees difference in the world’s average temperature can bring devastating results. The cause: Decades of carbon dioxide emissions from the world’s factories, cars and other sources.
What does world devastation mean for our military? I’m not exactly sure, but it probably means endless war for decades to come.
Fortunately, we’re not there yet, and there’s still time to prevent Earth from becoming the next Venus.
The Army and Fort Hood took a big step into the future last week by breaking ground on a huge solar farm that, when combined with a wind-energy project, will provide 40 percent of the post’s energy.
That’s the kind of innovation we need from government, commercial and private entities to slow down the ugly future of climate change.
In any case, the Army should be looking at what kind of wars and conflicts may develop due to climate change in the next 20 or 40 years.
To ignore what’s going on outside could turn out to be very costly.