Global warming is tough to illustrate with a photograph. Enter the polar bear.

Fluffy polar bear moms with two adorable cubs clinging to the last piece of ice in sight are iconic, but they hardly tell the whole story.

There’s also us – all of us. We humans are facing increasing risks in a warming climate.

That’s the drift of the latest video in climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe’s regular “Global Weirding” series, where she provides English-language explanations of climate change science and its impacts.

Image from Global Weirding

Watch and enjoy and share her video. And next time you envision a stranded polar bear as the icon of our warming world, you may think too of a few other worthwhile images: A child sucking in medicine from an inhaler. An elderly woman wiping sweat from her brow during an unusual heat wave. Water flooding the streets of coastal cities. A parched and empty farmer’s field. Pictures of us.

Hayhoe’s “Global Weirding” series is produced by KTTZ Texas Tech Public Media and distributed by PBS Digital Studios. She expects to air new episodes on YouTube every other Wednesday.

With permission from Texas Tech University climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe and her colleagues, Yale Climate Connections is reposting each episode.

 

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