Thomas K. Norment, Jr.

Virginia's heat climbs while its leaders nap

Let's say you're inclined to think that the whole climate-change conversation is, OK, overheated. It's a swelter out there, but so what? Summer just ended in Virginia.

Give me a minute, just the same, to make the case that it's way past time to get a lot more serious about Virginia's climate future. The threat is not far off. It's immediate, and right here in the Williamsburg area.

The University of Virginia Climatology Office states Virginia has been warming quickly since the mid-1970s. If the trend continues at this rate, the state’s annual average temperature will be 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than it was then, by around mid-century.

Your grandkids will be right in...