Notice to warming deniers: Weather and climate are different things

  Global-warming skeptics love to make the argument that the changeability of weather forecasts in the short term disproves claims by climate scientists that potential disaster lies just a few decades away as the planet heats up. The fundamental problem with such skepticism is that weather and climate are not the same thing. TV meteorologists are not climatologists. Sometimes it’s more difficult to predict whether Sunday’s ballgame will be rained out than whether melting glaciers will cause sea levels to rise by the time your toddler is...

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Basically, global warming and climate change are cause and effect

  Only in a world where millions of people don’t believe the scientific fact of biological evolution would I feel a need to explain the following situation: The myopia and conspiratorialism  of global-warming deniers are such that we shouldn’t be surprised when those folks say there’s something fishy about scientists seeming to have substituted the term “climate change” for “global warming.” I’ve even read cockamamie arguments that the so-called substitution was prompted by the realization...

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Conspiracy theories hamper the fight against climate change

Most of us who pay more than passing attention to the scientific consensus on anthropogenic global warming are aware of the right-wing conspiracy theories that the whole thing is a massive hoax aimed at…well, aimed at something bad. The theories vary on the objectives of the hoaxsters. I used to think that these conspiracy theories would fade away in fairly short order in light of the extent to which climate scientists agree that global warming poses a very real threat. But I’m beginning to think I was quite wrong. The problem is...

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Poll shows that conservative Republicans have heads in the sand regarding global warming

Most Americans are concerned that the effects of global warming will become manifest in their lifetimes, if they haven’t already. But there’s one segment of the population that doesn’t share such concerns. Can you guess who those people are? The Gallup organization has the answer HERE: While notable majorities of all other political party/ideology groups say the effects of global warming will happen within their lifetime, fewer than four in 10 conservative Republicans (37%) agree, a sign of that political identity’s...

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Most Americans see global warming as a threat to future generations but not to themselves

Researchers at Yale and Utah State universities have unveiled a statistical technique that allows them to measure Americans’ attitudes about global warming even down to local levels. This effort shows, for example, that majorities in 99 percent of the nation’s 3,143 counties agree that global warming is happening. But most folks in nearly 80 percent of counties say they aren’t convinced that “human activities” are the principal cause of  the  warming. To me, the most interesting findings were THESE: Residents of...

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