Everyone Talks about the Weather

Weather is the state of the atmosphere at any given time and place. Climate is the long-term average of the weather in a given place. While the weather can change in minutes or hours, a change in climate is something that develops over longer periods of decades to centuries.
– United States Environmental Protection Agency –

Certain ‘activist’, ‘extremist’ or ‘alarmist’ media will invariably report colder than average temperatures as just being ‘weather’. Warmer than average temperatures will be reported as   ‘climate change caused by CO2 emissions’(formerly global warming.)

Drought, extreme rainfall, heat waves, wild fires, cyclones, flooding, hurricanes – certain media will always claim these are caused by climate change, even if reputable scientific sources dispute these claims.

Whether you are an Anthropogenic Climate Change Believer or Skeptic, the important question is “What are you going to do about it?” In a one-year longitudinal study of 600 American adults, participants reported their climate change beliefs, pro-environmental behavior, and other climate-change related measures. (Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 56, April 2018, Pages 55-62)

Three belief clusters emerged: the “Skeptical,” who believed least in anthropogenic climate change; the “Cautiously Worried,” who had moderate beliefs; and the “Highly Concerned” who had the strongest concerns.

The unexpected twist in this study is: the “Highly Concerned” were most supportive of government climate policies, but were least likely to take individual-level actions. The “Skeptical” opposed government policy solutions but were most likely to take individual-level pro-environmental action.

One observation that came from this study was that changing Skeptical minds might be less important than getting the Highly Concerned to take personal responsibility.

Skepticism is not nihilism or being negative; it’s adding an extra filter. Rather than taking anything for granted, you want to validate the truth. You don’t take social constructs as true no matter how strong peer pressure is.

Skepticism is not denialism either. Anything is possible (or not) until proven the contrary. Challenging a theory is how new lines of thinking are created. If you believe that one idea is an absolute truth, you don’t leave room for incremental improvement.
– Gustavo Razzetti –

How fearful are you of Climate Change?

8 thoughts on “Everyone Talks about the Weather

  1. Climate change is hard to predict because the Earth is complex and climate models are revised all the time.

    The rise in CO2 is directly measurable, so there is no doubt something is going on.

    When one places humans on a scale of time in existence it seems easy to imagine an end to us.

    Yet, we are resourceful.

    What I do know is that we should not be trashing the planet with pollution even if it were to transpire that we could do so without risking cataclysmic climate change.


    • You bring up a good point about causes that are measurable vs the effects that are inconsistent at best. Each and every one of us should be taking responsibility to reduce our ‘footprint’. We also need to be encouraging a broader interpretation of what really needs to be addressed. It is easy to blame climate change on everything, when in fact other influences are sometimes just as likely. An example are the forest fires here in the western part of Canada/USA. Man’s forest management practices (no burning, no harvesting ) are now seen as part of the problem.


    • Thanks for pointing me to woolly (woolly bear) caterpillars. I wasn’t aware of them, or their mythology! Woolly bears can survive to temperatures as low as -90oF!
      Woolly bears and groundhogs – about as good at predicting as the weather man, I suppose!

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