Donald Trump seems to be a little confused about global warming. Is it a hoax created by China, as he's claimed in the past, or isn't it? Well, while the Donald has been flip-flopping back and forth the past few years—calling global warming “bullshit” in 2013—scientists have been doing a little thing called, you know, research, and it turns out that climate change could soon be taking away some of our favorite foods. Sure, some Day After Tomorrow-grade catastrophes might be on the horizon, too, but if the ocean keeps warming at the pace it is, Maine lobsters could be extinct and out of our diets by the year 2100.
According to the Associated Press, the crushing news about our beloved lobster rolls comes from a new study conducted by scientists at the University of Maine. Published in the ICES Journal of Marine Science this month, the research details how lobster larvae can't thrive in water that is just five degrees warmer than current ocean temperatures. The researchers also note that the U.N.'s climate change panel predicts that ocean temperatures will reach that level around the turn of the next century—only 84 years away.
“There has been a near total collapse in Rhode Island, the southern end of the fishery, and we know our waters are getting warmer,” Jesica Waller told the AP. “We are hoping this research can be a jumping-off point for more research into how lobsters might do over the next century.”
Basically, if global warming continues to escalate, your grandkids can kiss lobster rolls and seafood boils goodbye. If that's not reason enough to get out and vote, we don't know what is.
“I won’t let anyone take us backward, deny our economy the benefits of harnessing a clean energy future, or force our children to endure the catastrophe that would result from unchecked climate change,” Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton said in 2015.