Behold the psychological shift among Americans with regard to global warming

As the experiential impact of global warming on our daily lives increases — the steady drumbeat of climate-related disasters around the world — psychological changes are occurring among the American populace. Robert Jay Lifton EXPLAINS: Americans appear to be undergoing a significant psychological shift in our relation to global warming. I call this shift a climate “swerve,” borrowing the term used recently by the Harvard humanities professor Stephen Greenblatt to describe a major historical change in consciousness that is neither...

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A perfect example of how global-warming deniers spread falsehoods

There’s nothing global-warming deniers love more than trumped-up evidence that climate scientists seem to be changing their minds on the subject. Consider, for example,  THIS SITUATION: Norman Loeb, an atmospheric scientist with NASA, gave a crash course in climate change science for the public at Virginia Air and Space Center on Tuesday. He talked about all the evidence that the planet is warming—like the fact that temperatures right now are the hottest they’ve been since record-keeping began in 1850. He also noted that the rise in...

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The so-called global-warming debate isn’t really much of a debate

Seth B. Darling, a scientist at Argonne National Laboratory,  SAYS  the notion of an ongoing debate over global warming is based on fundamental misconceptions: Mainstream outlets such as ABC’s “This Week” and NBC’s “Meet The Press” [have] opted to provide substantial airtime to climate skeptics in addition to the climate science experts, in the misguided model of providing a “balanced” perspective. The so-called climate debate presumes that there is, in fact, debate among the scientists who...

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Globally, the second quarter of this year was the hottest on record

Here in America’s heartland, we had a fairly cool spring season this year — but the world as a whole decidedly did not. The story is HERE: You may recall that the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported last month that March-May was the hottest in more than 120 years of record-keeping. Well, the JMA reported Monday that last month was the hottest June in more than 120 years of record-keeping. That makes 3 straight record-breaking months for JMA — the hottest second quarter on record. It also means we had the hottest March-June...

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Greenhouse gases are bad for the oceans as well as the air

THIS STUFF won’t likely arouse any concern among global-warming deniers, but it should be cause for alarm among the rest of us: Rising greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are causing global temperatures to rise, which is leading to the melting of the polar ice caps, which in turn has resulted in rising sea levels and a host of ecological issues. It’s also causing the chemical makeup of the world’s oceans to change so rapidly. Carbon dioxide, one of the key perpetrators in the lineup of man-made greenhouse gases, is absorbed by seawater,...

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