It’s been a fairly cool summer this year, hasn’t it? Well, not really

Some of the people who think the weather where they live is the most reliable measure of global warming (or the lack of it) have been pretty happy of late. In some locales, temperatures have seemed unseasonably low. So, take that, Al Gore. What? What’s that you’re  saying? It hasn’t really been all that cool in much of the world this summer? Says who? Oh, it’s THESE GUYS again: Last month was the warmest August globally since records began being kept in 1880, NASA reported Monday. The globe just keeps warming. While it...

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Let’s all hunker down, folks, but please don’t call the problem global warming

What do you do when you’re a public official in a locale where climate change poses problems, but terms like “global warming” are verboten? Well, as we see HERE, certain euphemisms are in order: Big cities and small towns are shoring up dams and dikes, using roof gardens to absorb rainwater or upgrading sewage treatment plans to prevent overflows. Others are planting urban forests, providing more shady relief from extreme heat. Extension agents are helping farmers deal with an onslaught of newly arrived crop pests. But in...

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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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