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Ky State Climatologist Says Extensive Data is Available for Decision Makers on Climate Change

Kentucky Mesonet

The Kentucky state climatologist said scientists must continue to provide updated climate information to U.S. decision makers.  

The comments come after President Donald Trump’s decision to remove the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. 

State Climatologist Stuart Foster oversees the Kentucky Mesonet with weather and climate monitoring stations across the state. Foster is director of the Kentucky Climate Center and said Mesonet provides extensive data that’s available to state policy makers. 

Foster said there are natural climate variations from year-to-year.                

“For the average person it can be difficult sometimes to see, or maybe to convince yourself, that climate can be changing. But within the scientific community, people that spend their careers studying these things, there’s really a growing consensus that our climate is changing and that human activity is making an impact on that.” One of the major factors is greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels.

Climate varies considerably from year-to-year, so long-term data can provide perspective, said Foster.

“If we look at our record for the last 120 or 125 years, we’ve certainly seen over the last few decades a warming trend in Kentucky. And, in fact, the 12-month period from last March through the end of February this year was the warmest 12-month period in Kentucky.”

Many American cities, states and businesses have announced that they are moving forward with their own plans, and collaborative efforts, to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. 

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Rhonda Miller began as reporter and host for All Things Considered on WKU Public Radio in 2015. She has worked as Gulf Coast reporter for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where she won Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow and Green Eyeshade awards for stories on dead sea turtles, health and legal issues arising from the 2010 BP oil spill and homeless veterans.
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