Global Warming deniers tend to think locally, not globally

So, a friend of mine told me that Fox news website had an article that said that scientists predicted a mini ice age in the next decade (I guess starting with this year’s cold winter). You can find the article here.

Actually, if you read the article, it’s not denying global warming despite the climate change denying headline “30 Years of Global Cooling Are Coming, Leading Scientist Says.” (Note, however, the correction at the bottom that pointed to an earlier version of the article denying man-made climate change.)

The Daily Mail in England has a much more strongly worded article. Strangely, the scientist the Mail quotes and Fox news refers to disagrees with the way the Mail quotes him (Fox doesn’t quote him).

The Guardian prints more of an interview with the scientist, who seems baffled by his misrepresentation in the Mail and other sources. He suggests that global warming is an ongoing trend, due to a combination of factors, mainly greenhouse gasses and something he calls “natural ocean effect.” The ocean effect may actually slow down global warming for a while, but the general trend is a warming earth. I would like to think that the slow down might give us some time to implement some policies to combat the manmade portion, but I don’t know if we can or not.  It turns out climate change is quite complicated. Well, no shit.

Why people think that because it’s cold for a while in my backyard is an argument against global warming is beyond me. I understand the knee jerk reaction, but don’t people realise that global warming refers to the entire globe? Local cooling does not preclude global warming. If it’s unusually cold in Tulsa, you might want to check what the temperature is like in Athens or Sydney or Gabarone. And I seem to notice several cheeky comments every winter from Facebook friends about how Global Warming must not be happening since it’s snowing right now in Little Rock. But these same people tend not to mention global warming at all during record heat waves in the summer time.

Incidentally, have you ever heard anyone call it Global Warning? Interesting malaprop.

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One Response to “Global Warming deniers tend to think locally, not globally”

  1. rogerthesurf Says:

    There might be global warming or cooling but the important issue is whether we, as a human race, can do anything about it.

    There are a host of porkies and not very much truth barraging us everyday so its difficult to know what to believe.

    I think I have simplified the issue in an entertaining way on my blog.
    http://www.rogerfromnewzealand.wordpress.com

    Please feel welcome to visit and leave a comment.

    Cheers

    Roger

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