“Baby, it’s cold outside,” crooned Dean Martin, in a desperate attempt to persuade his girlfriend to stay the night. Whether he succeeded is hardly clear from the song (though, it’s certainly implied).
It’s incredibly cold in Illinois right now. Temperatures have plummeted to below zero degrees Fahrenheit and snow is moving relentlessly in this direction.
Europe is faring as badly. The UK has had over twelve inches of snow, and disruption reigns throughout the continent. China and Japan are suffering the worst snowfalls in living memory.
All of which is a real joy to many people. Not because they have fun sledding, or building snowmen, or even indulging in the occasional snowball fight. Read the comments of newspapers, headlining the appalling weather, and the reason becomes clear.
They’re full of such sage remarks as: “What about global warming, then?” and, “Ho, ho, ho, so much for the climate change scientists and their crazy ideas.”
Judging from these missives, half the world’s population is content to accept a bit of cold weather as meaning the most knowledgeable and experienced of climate scientists have been talking through their titfers for the last twenty years. The blinkered stupidity displayed by so many of the human race never fails to amaze me. When they prefer something didn’t happen, they’ll seize on any bit of worthless information to prove it isn’t going to.
The initially imperceptible warming of the atmosphere, due to pollutants like carbon dioxide, does not mean we should all be basking under summer sunshine in the middle of winter. After all, a rise of six degrees in the temperature of the planet would almost certainly destroy most of life on Earth, but a local rise of six degrees on a hot summer’s day only means spending a little more time at the beach, for most vacationers at their favorite resort.
‘Global warming’ is an unfortunate phrase, leapt on by the great unwashed and ignorant as a convenient yardstick with which to batter climate change science into the ground. If it’s cold outside, how can there be global warming? If it’s hot out there, it’s just a summer’s day.
Climate change means exactly that: a slow and gradual change in the patterns of weather, to more violent and apparently freakish occurrences.
And, Baby, isn’t that exactly what’s happening across the Northern hemisphere right now?
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