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Reuters: Global Warming Has Become ‘Normal’ Climate

From a seething Reuters:

For most of us, global warming has become ‘normal’ climate

By Alister Doyle | August 6, 2014

OSLO, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Global warming has been going on for so long that most people were not even born the last time the Earth was cooler than average in 1985 in a shift that is altering perceptions of a "normal" climate, scientists said.

In actual fact, global warming has been going on for at least 20,000 years. Ever since the last Ice Age. And we thank Gaia for it.

Decades of climate change bring risks that people will accept higher temperatures, with more heatwaves, downpours and droughts, as normal and complicate government plans to do more to cut emissions of greenhouse gas emissions.

We’ll burn that bridge when we get to it. But, alas, there have not been any higher temperatures for more than 17 years.

"Because the last three decades have seen such a significant rise in global and regional temperatures, most people under the age of 30 have not lived in a world without global warming," Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the U.N.’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO), told Reuters.

"On human time scales the changes in our climate can seem gradual, so we will increasingly need to remind the public about just how rapid and unprecedented the changes truly are," Jarraud said.

February 1985 was the last month when global temperatures were below the 20th century average, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a leading source of global temperature data.

Meanwhile, the estimated median age of the world population in 2014 is 29.4 years, meaning half are older and half younger, Francois Pelletier of the U.N. Population Division told Reuters.

Taken together, the NOAA and U.N. yardsticks mean the world’s 7.2 billion population has shifted in recent weeks for the first time to a majority born since the last cool month.

"People have to get used to continuous change in the climate," said Thomas Peterson, principal scientist at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center and president of the WMO Commission for Climatology.

Some other weather agencies, using differing methods and baselines, estimate later dates for the most recent cold month than NOAA. The WMO, which compiles annual data, says 1985 was the last colder-than-average year.

Global averages go largely unnoticed because individuals experience weather and climate locally – this past winter was bitterly cold in parts of North America, for instance. But the overall warming trend is clear…

In other words, Reuters is worried that young people today won’t remember what the world was like before global warming. Which is hilarious in any number of ways.

For instance, conservatives are constantly mocked for wanting to return to the good old days. They are told they just have to learn to ‘get with it.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, August 7th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Reuters: Global Warming Has Become ‘Normal’ Climate”

  1. Climate is what we want
    Weather is what we get

    Robert Heinlein
    Notebooks of Lazarus Long
    (cir.1960)


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