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Global warming freezes America, Europe

The uninformed think the term “global warming” is meant to be taken literally.  The Republican politicians who know better refuse to acknowledge the reality for fear of angering their less than educated base.  Curiously, the more enlightened of some Evangelical preachers are actually teaching their flock the meaning of the term and the potential consequences of climate change.  Here is the summary of the story from Newser:

The northeastern US is being clobbered by snowstorm after snowstorm, and while it may not look very warm out there, global warming is the likely culprit, physicist Michio Kaku writes at CNN. Moisture in the air has a lot more to do with the amount of snow dumped than temperature does—as an example, Kaku points to the fact that a colder freezer may make ice cubes faster, but it’s the amount of water you put in the ice tray that determines how big the cubes will become. And as the oceans warm, more moisture is generated, which translates into monster snowstorms in the northeast corridor and plenty of freak weather elsewhere, Kaku explains.

Kaku then shares another metaphor as a way to argue that global warming’s main consequence is more violent swings in the weather, not warming. He points to a child in a swing—”by adding more energy by pushing the child farther, the child does not suddenly rise and stop in midair. Instead, the oscillations and swinging increase.” As such, “we might expect more unusual, bizarre weather patterns in the future. And unless something is done about it, get used to it.”

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4 Responses to Global warming freezes America, Europe

  1. Jess Reply

    January 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I wish we could change the message to Climate Change instead of global warming and keep repeating it, for the science challenged among us. People would take more notice than they are and we might get things done imo. As long as we are using these words, to get any kind of proposals to fix this out there, will be useless as tits on a boar. We’re fighting against anti science nutters, that want the end of times to be here, many think we can continue doing what we are doing and nothing will happen.

    • A Michael J. Scott Reply

      January 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      Jess I couldn’t agree more. As I see it there are two options, the first is as you mentioned: stop using the expression “global warming,” to define climate change. In the alternative there needs to be an education blitz. The government needs to run Public Service Announcements of less than 1 minute, to inform people that one term equals another. I choose option one personally but I’m afraid we are already committed.

  2. Stimpson Reply

    January 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Of course, there is global warming: a long-term climb in average global temperature, which climatologists have documented. Confusion arises because so many people don’t understand (or willfully ignore) that climatologists are talking about global changes (average temps are climbing globally, but might not be in your region), and many people confuse weather with climate.

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