Here’s a tired old myth about climate change

  In an article about Donald Trump I was reading the other day, there was a comment from some gullible fool to the effect that the scientific community was warning just a few decades ago that global cooling is more imminent than global warming. His gist was that the fuss over climate change is mostly nonsense since lots of the so-called experts have quickly changed their minds or were never of one opinion on the matter to begin with. There are other global-warming deniers who have delighted for years now in peddling the myth that...

read more

Global warming is stoppable — but not reversible

  Several  U.S. government agencies are reporting this week that July of 2016 — last month — was the hottest month on record since at least 1880. That makes 10 consecutive months of unparalleled global warming. One might argue, as more than a few scientists do, that the situation is a factor in the current flooding in the American South and forest fires in the American West, as well as other problems around the globe. It also raises questions addressed not long ago by Andy Skuce, a retired Canadian geoscience consultant,...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more