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.



After reading your summary on the news article “Cold Weather Doesn’t Mean Climate Change Is Not Happening” it made me think of the research I previously did. As you mentioned in your summary, Canada and some areas of the United States have had record cold winters for the past two years, temperatures colder than Alaska had (Cornell, 2015). An article published from Cornell University on Climate change tried to answer this question. Many people are sceptical about global warming due to this cooling of certain regions. Cornell explained that although certain areas are seeing colder weather, the majority of the planet has been seeing the warmest temperatures ever recorded (Cornell, 2015). The article described the hypothesis made by climate scientists who claim that perhaps it’s a consequence of the change in “atmospheric circulation and ocean temperature currents” (Cornell, 2015). Regardless of the reason why some areas are foreseeing colder temperatures, the evidence is there that the majority of the world is living through the opposite. As mentioned in your summary, places like California are having long droughts and greenhouse gasses emissions have risen.
I completely agree with you that people living in the areas that are experiencing colder weather have to look outside of their own backyards to the bigger, more global picture of the issue. Climate change is happening and global warming is a part of the issue.

Cornell. (2015). Why is Eastern North America so cold and the globe so hot? | Cornell Climate Change. Retrieved October 23, 2015, from

In your summary you bring up a very important point about the common misconception that climate change means global warming. This is something that environmentalists have been working to change for a number of years now, but is not an easy cognitive shift to make, as much of the early literature on climate change focused on the fact that the earth would be warming. Another important point you mentioned is how increasing worldwide average temperate does not necessarily mean that everyone will experience warmer temperature. The climate change phenomenon means that we will experience more extreme temperatures worldwide- some regions may experience more extreme colds and others may have extreme droughts and heat.
One of the ways in which we can begin to address climate change is by meeting with local groups to address the ways in which climate change will affect them specifically to urge them to take meaningful action against it. For example, when meeting with farmers, it is not worthwhile to discuss rising sea levels because most farms are inland and this particular effect does not really concern them. It is however helpful to make the connection between climate change and drought, since this directly affects the livelihoods of farmers. In general, in order for us to address climate change on a global scale, we must deviate from trying to find one fix-all solution for the planet, because not everyone experiences climate change the same way. We must address climate change first on a more regional or local level, which will then allow us to develop multiple solutions and an overall action plan.

I totally agree with your point that the citizens of earth compare one part of the planet with another. if it is cold in one region then they conclude that there's no global warming, just because Canada had a long and cold winter last year does not mean that we are not experiencing global warming. The best example is Greenland and the North pole where ice is melting very fast. Global warming is a serious matter and it should be decreased if not totally resolved.

Harvey, D. (2014, November 21). Why Cold Weather Doesn't Mean Global Warming Isn't Real. Retrieved October 24, 2015.

Pretty good post answered my questions why people all use climate change instead of global warming. The global temperature is higher but it doesn't means the temperature could be higher every moment, if we make a line chart, it indicates the temperature rise line is not straight but winding, it because the atmosphere works complexly, it a circulatory system so when back to the start point, we feel the temperature is not increase, but definitely, it will rise spirally. This phenomena is such a trap let people believe global warming is not happened, unfortunately, global warming does not stop its pace.

I chose this article because I believe its point is particularly relevant to modern politics. Indeed, the argument that climate change is not happening or the complete denial of it is current in American politics, for instance. A detailed assertion and explanation of the issue is required for any politician tackling the subject and your article indeed greatly serve the purpose. It is crucial to preent the issue within the larger picture of the phenomenon being assessed.

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