The Applause Continues

The New York Times deserves a clap too. Thanks to toby and Eli for the hat tip.

An article just as good as the Associated Press piece made the front page of the New York Times. Justin Gillis wrote In Weather Chaos, a Case for Global Warming, and, as Eli pointed out, there wasn’t even a question mark in the title.

Gillis does a great job explaining how, for example, there will still be record cold days with climate change – just fewer of them. Here’s one of my favourite passages from the article:

The warming has moved in fits and starts, and the cumulative increase may sound modest. But it is an average over the entire planet, representing an immense amount of added heat, and is only the beginning of a trend that most experts believe will worsen substantially.

If the earth were not warming, random variations in the weather should cause about the same number of record-breaking high temperatures and record-breaking low temperatures over a given period. But climatologists have long theorized that in a warming world, the added heat would cause more record highs and fewer record lows.

The statistics suggest that is exactly what is happening. In the United States these days, about two record highs are being set for every record low, telltale evidence that amid all the random variation of weather, the trend is toward a warmer climate.

Read the full article here.

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2 thoughts on “The Applause Continues

  1. It is encouraging to see news media finally starting to “get it”. The cynic in me though thinks they’ll just as quickly reprint the usual debunked nonsense when we get a cooler than normal year (a La Nina year, for example). In fact, I would bet that 5-10 years from now we’ll see the meme “global warming stopped in 2010” being printed in the media. I hope I’m wrong because if I’m right it would mean still nothing substantial is being done to curb our CO2 production, and there is worse to come.

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