Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events

On May 30 I posted a comment on the connection between climate change and the tornados that hit the US Mid-West this spring.  I suggested that “Increasing concentrations of CO2 are associated with more extreme weather events. So the apparent trend of increasing frequency and intensity of tornados fits in with these observations.” Klem, a …

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Who Says the Science is Settled

Andrew Bolt, an Australian commentator whose words appeared in the Herald Sun, headlined his commentary on the research of Qing-Bin Lu, a Waterloo University Professor of Physics and Astronomy with these words.  Mr. Bolt has written even more scathing remarks about those who consider climate change a risk to the Earth.  Another of his columns was …

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Why we must act

Margaret Wente did us a favour by her assessment of the efforts to explain to uncommitted Canadians the need to take action against global warning (Globe & Mail, Saturday, October 16th). She points out that people find it hard to react to invisible, distant threats. So they shrug off evidence, such as the significant reduction in Polar Ice Caps, that is short of calamitous.

And there are plenty of other worries on which people focus: in Canada concerns about global warming is somewhere below crime, health care, taxes, municipal spending, transportation and the economy. So, as she observes, the lamentable lack of political action is understandable: the Canadian government has just been reading the polls.She asks:” W hy are people cooling on warming?”  She might have questioned whether people have really been other than cool. Instead, she blames the apocalyptic language used by some environmentalists.  Here she departs from journalistic fairness.  She comments: “When they say we are doomed unless we radically change our way by the end of next week, people figure the problem is exaggerated.”  No environmentalist has referred to such an absurd time line, and certainly not Tim Flannery, whom she refers to in her article.

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