As the frigid polar vortex makes itself at home over a giant swath of the country, it’s also serving as fodder for all those equally unwelcome climate change deniers. Despite the fact that 97 percent of scientists agree that man-made climate change is happening, the likes of Donald Trump say many of these record lows are the perfect proof to show that, no, the planet is not warming. Scientific right?
So, does this extreme winter weather prove that our planet is just as cold as it’s always been? No, not at all. But it does say this. It’s cold.
It seems like this conversation has to happen every year.
While I agree with this article, it finishes with something I wish science writers would stop saying, that the frigid weather is itself further proof of global warming. It may be technically true, but if someone is already struggling with the distinction between single weather events and long term climate trends, saying that frigid weather is further proof of global warming only sounds like desperate spin to them.
- Dear Donald Trump: Winter Does Not Disprove Global Warming (motherjones.com)
- Let’s Try One More Time to Explain How Climate Change Works to Donald Trump (thewire.com)