Chris Mooney | Forget Tornadoes. Lets Talk--Unendingly--About Heat Waves and Global Warming
However, we’ve just experienced a staggering U.S. heat wave (visual here), and that makes it seriously time to talk about the link to climate change, and not shut up any time soon.[December 2010: Chris Mooney | Warming and Winter Storming
What this means is that now—not during the May peak of tornado season—is the time to once again try to rally the public to care about climate change.
That's why summer is always the wtime to talk to the public about global warming, and we need to recognize that other parts of the year probably aren't as good.
And lest you think this too obvious to bear mentioning, never forget: In 2009, the IPCC held an absolutely critical meeting in a snowy December in Copenhagen.
This common insinuation--that somehow, human-caused climate change is refuted by the perennial occurrence of bad winter weather--puts us scientific rationalists in a bind. The problem is that unlike many denier talking points, there isn’t really even an argument being put forward here that might be refuted. It’s more of a “nyah nyah,” followed by, “I never believed you to begin with, but this time of year, I just feel sorry for you.”Quote by Jack Handey
I mean, sure, we can reply by pointing out the distinction between climate and weather. We can further explain why global warming can actually mean more snow because warmer air holds more moisture--something a few brave souls attempt to get across each winter.
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