Feb 17, 2015 by

shutterstock_96133076Does the frigid weather have you dreaming of a tropical vacation? Better get going before it’s too late
Lindsay Abrams  SALON.COM

Live in the eastern United States? Feeling cold right now?

Yeah, I’ll bet you are.

But just because you’re shivering, and possibly buried in snow, doesn’t mean that global warming is a hoax. Quite the opposite, actually: If it’s any consolation as you suffer through the current cold snap, many U.S. cities are already experiencing a decline in extremely cold nights.

All the same, the chill can make it hard to remember, on a visceral level, that climate change is happening, and that it’s already making life unpleasant in cities and nations around the world — not to mention threatening their future existence. So as you cling desperately to hot mugs of tea and try to remember what not freezing feels like, spare a moment’s thought for those warm, sunny climes you’re dreaming of escaping to, and remember that they’re going to be some of climate change’s earliest victims:

tropical_island_stormFlorida Keys

The only place in the continental U.S. that’s practically guaranteed not to freeze, now gearing up for continuous flooding and facing complete submersion by the end of this century.

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