Cold weather doesn't mean climate change isn't happening: Bob McDonald
by AIliashenko on October 16, 2015 - 10:36pm
The previous winter in Canada was one of the coldest ones, we all heard different stories about the Great Lakes that were almost entirely frozen and about people on East Coast, who tunneled out of their homes because of a lot of snow. But all of this does not mean that global warming is not happening, on the contrary, other parts of our planet are baking. For example, many ski resorts were closed because there was no snow, in Australia they have a record heat, California has the longest drought in decades, Greenland loses ice and Arctic has more open water each year. Some people just don’t understand the difference between climate and weather. So, judging the whole planet by what is happening outside on your backyard is just wrong. That’s why we have to look at the problem of global warming with a global perspective. Also, to get a more global picture, we have to understand that our atmosphere includes both cold and hot air masses that are always moving. Because of this the scientists do not use the term “global warming” any more, they say “climate change”.
There were experiments at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California where they measured the warming effect of carbon emissions. They found that with the rise of CO2 in our atmosphere, the amount of radiation that is coming from the Sun rises too. This is called the greenhouse effect. And as we are not decreasing our carbon emissions, changes to the climate continue to happen. Some solutions to this are to use more clean energy, so there would be less pollution.
So, if you do not like the weather, we have to do something ― not change the climate.