Gary Parlier (12/19, Voices) calls global climate change “cyclical nonsense” based on recent record low temperatures
Although the Earth is warming, the effect is a change of the world’s climates — meaning we will have fluctuating extremes in temperature, more natural disasters, torrential rain where there usually is drought and blizzards where it is usually above freezing. It is not simply that every temperature will be warmer at all times. A year of record snow would not refute global climate change, but rather vindicate it.
But hey, it is only our future we are talking about.
The emphasis should be on the “global” in “global warming.” It is not “my backyard” warming, “Independence” warming, or even “United States” warming.
The polar ice caps and glaciers are melting, there is an open-water Northwest Passage in the Arctic in summer, and coral reefs are dying because the ocean water is too warm.
Yes, weather is cyclical, and there may be anomalous years. However, the rise of temperatures over the last century absolutely parallels the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere by humans. The scientific community has determined that the evidence is overwhelming.
To hide our heads in the sand is to miss the last opportunity we may have to slow or reverse the trend. There are small things that everyone can do to help. I would prefer to err on the side of the Earth that my grandchildren will inherit.