Climate change is undeniably the most talked about environmental issue today. But amidst claims of extreme warming, Earth’s climatic system surprised everyone by displaying an unpredictable pattern in the recent decades.
Contrary to the exaggerated claims of global warming, temperatures remained stable in the last two decades, so low that they produced record lows in 2018.
Is man-made global warming a paradox, or is it an exaggerated and inaccurate diagnosis of our climatic system?
Weather reports on the TV and internet often give us inaccurate forecasts. Weather is a terminology used to describe short-term atmospheric conditions, often covering a smaller geographical region. Climate, unlike weather, is used to describe a long-term condition of Earth’s atmosphere, land, and oceans. If weather is difficult to predict, imagine the complexities surrounding climate.
While both climate alarmists (proponents of the dangerous warming theory) and climate skeptics affirm the warming of earth, they disagree about the magnitude, causes, and consequences of warming.
Many climate alarmists refuse to acknowledge the current knowledge gap in our understanding of Earth’s climatic system. Instead, they continue to declare that “climate science is settled.”
Their claims come in the midst of a decade when temperatures have contrasted with the narrative.
Climatologists across the board report that global temperature failed to increase significantly since 2000, breaking away from the brief 20-year warming phase between 1979 and 1999.
But erasing the hiatus is increasingly difficult. Unlike research reports that can be hidden from the public’s eye, real-world climate phenomena are difficult to conceal. People experience it every day.
The year 2018 was one such case. The Northern Hemisphere experienced a prolonged winter and a very short summer. Record low temperatures were observed in many parts of the U.S. and Canada. New York recorded the highest snowfall in 140 years.
The cold phase also shattered the climate myth of snow being a “thing of the past.” In previous decades, climate alarmists claimed that future generations would not experience snow, as they believed global warming would make our atmosphere too warm for it.
But in 2018 the Northern Hemisphere had exceptionally large amounts of snowfall in winter. According to Rutgers University Global Snow Lab (GSL), North American snow cover for the month of November was at a 52-year high, breaking the previous record set in 2014.
With the two largest snow covers occurring in 2018, climate alarmists knew their tricks to conceal the apparent lack of warming were being exposed. So to protect their narrative, they published a flurry of reports saying excess snow didn’t disprove man-made global warming. Alarmists quickly preached the theory, and the mainstream media began deleting their old reports on a snowless world.
For many academically trained minds, the alarmist U-turn on snow appeared comical and exposed the desperation of alarmists. The case of disappearing snowfall is just one of the many ways alarmists try to protect their global warming narrative.
They have made the common man believe that these cold phases are a paradox of sorts that essentially validates the grander narrative of a climate doomsday. But not for long.
Vijay Jayaraj (M.Sc., Environmental Science, University of East Anglia, England), Research Associate for Developing Countries for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, lives in Chennai, India.
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