[Nate writes…] This is the second post of a monthly series where I discuss things I observe in my life/travels that are likely to change in the future either fully or partially due to our changing climate. Climate is a more complicated word than most people realize. It’s the weather conditions in a place over a long period of time. “It’s raining today” or “Last week was really hot!” are examples of changing weather, while “Hurricanes have become a lot stronger over the past century” or “Wine country in Oregon is going to change dramatically in the next century” are examples of changing climate.
Nate Emery is currently a post-doc in the department of Plant Biology at Michigan State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and conducts research in plant ecophysiology, biology education, and faculty professional development. Follow him on Twitter @FoggyIdeas or check out his website for more information.
I think that it’s usually fairly difficult for us to imagine what will happen in the future with climate change. Especially since we humans have a particularly hard time grasping concepts related to large changes over long periods of time. What does “1 million years ago” even mean? What was even happening then? Apparently, our common ancestor with Neanderthals was roaming around. Humans were definitely not around yet.