Donald Trump doesn’t know the difference between climate and weather

“In the East, it could possibly be the COLDEST New Yr’s Eve on report. Maybe we may use somewhat little bit of that good outdated World Warming that our Nation, however not different international locations, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to guard towards. Bundle up!”

The “logic” at work right here is straightforward: How can climate change, aka world warming, be actual if it’s so chilly outdoors?

“In case we’ve forgotten, as a result of we preserve listening to that 2014 has been the warmest 12 months on report, I requested the chair, do you know what that is? It is a snowball simply from outdoors right here. So it’s totally, very chilly out. Very unseasonable.”

Sure, that actually occurred.

What Trump (and Inhofe) do not appear to know — or select to disregard — is that “weather” and “climate” aren’t the identical factor.

This is a short primer on the difference between the two, through NASA: “Weather is what circumstances of the ambiance are over a brief time frame, and climate is how the ambiance ‘behaves’ over comparatively lengthy durations of time.”

That it’s chilly on any given day — or week! or month! — is just not indicative of a lot of something about the climate and whether or not it’s warming or not. If the “weather = climate” logic held, a collection of sweltering summer time days may fairly be concluded as incontrovertible proof that the planet is getting hotter.

Which, after all, it’s. This previous October was the second warmest October on report — and these information date again to the 1880s. The primary 10 months of 2017 had been, in line with NASA, the second warmest 10 months ever — second solely to — look forward to it — 2016. This 12 months is prone to be amongst the three warmest years in virtually 140 years of record-keeping, in line with the Weather Channel. Of the eight warmest years ever, all have come since 1998, in line with the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (The eight warmest years, so as: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2013, 2005, 2009 and 1998.)
You get the concept. All out there proof — and there are 137 years of it! — makes very, very, abundantly clear that the climate is altering. There’s additionally this little bit of reality: 97% of climate scientists who’ve printed papers on climate change imagine not solely that the globe is warming but additionally that the warming may be very doubtless because of human exercise.

Trump is free to tweet no matter he likes. And he’ll proceed to take action. However to make use of chilly weather as some form of rebuttal of broader climatological warming is just not even near correct, factual or humorous.

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