Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Media on Climate

Yes, as usual: USA today: extreme weather events--I don't know about you, but I'm scared! scared!--global warming blah blah blah. h/t Watts Up.

One word stands out, and it is in this sentence, quoting Chris Fenimore, a physical scientist at the National Climatic Data Center: "However, Fenimore notes that the frequency at which these extreme weather events are occurring — such as extreme heat or cold — are on the increase."

The rather odd word? Cold. It's almost as if scientists realize that there are places in the world that are experiencing extreme cold, to somewhat counter-balance the areas experiencing extreme heat.

Latin America (human deaths).
New Zealand.
Bolivia (6 million fish killed by cold).

Bolivian fish killed by chemicals, i.e. nasty old human beings/capitalism? Er, no. (h/t Bishop Hill)

Extreme cold in Mongolia in February.
At about the same time, both extreme cold and heavy snow across Europe.

There were plenty of blizzards in the U.S. as well, so scientists had to rush to explain that individual weather events, even over a considerable area, do not determine whether the globe is warming or not. Thanks for clearing that up.

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