Opinion: To see climate change in action, just look in your own backyard

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

In conversations with my colleagues about this issue, we all say the same thing: “How can smart people doubt climate change? It is happening right outside our back door!”

A D.C. neighbor reminded me that warmer nighttime summer temperatures and higher humidity have meant our tomato plants now produce less fruit and suffer from fungal disease. And our backyard gardens no longer host the common bumblebee. We have recently read in The Post about how local farmers are being forced to adapt to changing climate conditions to avoid crop losses. Even our backyards’ poison ivy is getting stronger and itchier.

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