January 7th, 2014 By German Lopez | News | Posted In: News, Environment, Climate Change

Global Warming Didn't Stop Just Because We're Cold Now

Cold weather in one city or region doesn’t disprove the global phenomenon

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The recent bout of cold weather does nothing to disprove the scientifically established phenomenon of global warming, despite what conservative media might be telling some Cincinnatians.

Many Cincinnatians have taken to social media in the past few days to chime in on what the recent weather means for global warming — a debate fostered by so-called skeptics on talk radio and Fox News.

But the scientific literature is based on years and decades of trends, meaning a few days or weeks of cold weather signify little in the big picture of climate change.

In fact, Googles definition of climate is “the weather conditions prevailing in an area in general or over a long period.” The key, scientifically minded folks point out, is “long period.”

When that long period is analyzed, the trend is clear:

The trend explains why scientists almost all agree global warming is happening and most certainly spurred by human actions. In the 2013 report from the the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, scientists said they are at least 95 percent certain that human actions contribute to global warming.

Beyond the scientific facts, for every anecdote out there, there is often a contradicting anecdote from another source. While Cincinnati and the Midwest may be coping with a cold winter, summer-stricken Australia is recovering from its own bout of hot weather and drought. 

The contradicting conditions don’t prove or disprove global warming, but they do show the folly of relying on anecdotal evidence.

01.07.2014 at 04:13 Reply

You should also show a graph of how temperatures over a longer period of time. What you are arguing here is exactlly what the coolers have been aruing for a long time. That is that the warmist have cherry picked a period of time that has had a lot of CO2 relaesed and a temperature rise but never explain extreme temperature rises of the past without extreme CO2 release. 


01.07.2014 at 11:12 Reply

Sure don't remember seeing your call for less near-term hype and more long-range thinking when there is an unusually hot string of days in the summer or a bunch of hurricanes pop up and many mainstream outlets like NBC, etc. run stories tying these current stories with global warming. .....  And don't forget that there was a Time or Newsweek cover in the mid-70's warning of the growing wide-spread consensus among scientists that we were entering a new Ice Age.  Or that the models the true believing scientists came up with a decade ago forecasted continuing rising temps in the last decade and I believe the actual results were no real increase................You only believe in scientists when their findings agree with your political beliefs of a massive centrally planned society run by an insider elite (which ironically enough would never allow you to become an insider elites).