It is not about belief in climate change

NewImageby Chris Yarzab

Tackling belief is the key to overcoming climate change scepticism |
[Via Adam Corner | Environment |]

In a Guardian comment piece last week, Vicky Pope, a senior Met Office scientist, articulated a view that is frequently expressed by scientists: that climate change is a matter of empirical evidence, not belief.

But a decade of social science research on public attitudes shows that in fact, scepticism about climate change is not primarily due to a misunderstanding of “the science”.


The words used are all wrong. This should not be about belief in something. In that case, my beliefs are just as important as your beliefs.

It should be about  acknowledgement. Do people acknowledge that the Earth is warming? If not, why not? Virtually every bit of empirical data indicates that the Earth is warming. What data do they have that disproves this and how strong is it versus every other bit of data?

Because the empirical data indicating that the Earth is warming are as vast and strong as almost any produced by human endeavors.

This should not be about beliefs. Do they refuse to acknowledge what empirical facts demonstrate? Because we can not have any sort of conversation if we occupy two different realities – one based on acknowledging facts and one based on beliefs.

Tornado, inch long hail and hurricane winds form Hawaiian storm

Huge Hailstone Sets Hawaii Record
[Via Climate Progress]

Record-setting hailstone from the Hawaii ‘supercell’ thunderstorm that hit Oahu on March 9. Credit: NOAA.

by Jeff Masters, via the WunderBlog

A hailstone with the diameter of roughly that of a grapefruit that hit Oahu on March 9, 2012, has been confirmed as the largest hailstone on record for the state of Hawaii, according to NOAA.


Just a reminder than even paradise can get really bad weather, every once in a while.

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Warming arctic could be changing jet stream

Arctic Warming is Altering Weather Patterns, Study Shows
[Via Climate Central – News, Blogs & Features]

By showing that Arctic climate change is no longer just a problem for the polar bear, a new study may finally dispel the view that what happens in the Arctic, stays in the Arctic.

The study, by Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University and Stephen Vavrus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, ties rapid Arctic climate change to high-impact, extreme weather events in the U.S. and Europe.

The study shows that by changing the temperature balance between the Arctic and mid-latitudes, rapid Arctic warming is altering the course of the jet stream, which steers weather systems from west to east around the hemisphere. The Arctic has been warming about twice as fast as the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, due to a combination of human emissions of greenhouse gases and unique feedbacks built into the Arctic climate system.


The Arctic is warming faster than the middle latitudes. The jet stream is responsible for where and how much of the weather take place.

Now it might be even more important if it allows weather patterns to stick around longer – storms, droughts, etc.

It could be that the meanderings of the jet stream will have even bigger effects on our weather as it moves into new patterns.

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