You’d think so reading some articles in the media:
Like this article “Indian Cold wave in 2010 could be proof of the fallacy of global warming” from Charlotte Spirituality & Health Examiner Allen Bethea (who better to pen an article on climate trends). Allen writes:
Just weeks after a statement of intent from the nations meeting in Copenhagen pledging to work to prevent global warming, the BBC, and the Hindustan Times and other news outlets are reporting a record cold snap across northern India. One source says that over 40 people have died from the cold.
The Copenhagen Summit (officially called The 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference) decided that it was imperative the nations work to reduce any increase in global temperature to under 2 °C.
The science of global warming is an example of an indefeasible position. It is immune to logic, empirical data, history, and common sense. Lets hope that in 2010, we as a race grow in wisdom and discernment, and the ability to recognize fallacies when we hear them, no matter how authoritative the source.
And this article from The Business and Media Institute (Advancing the Culture of Free Enterprise in America!): “Hot Weather Convinces Media of Climate Change; Cold Weather Ignored”
From 2003 heat wave that killed thousands, to melting Peruvian glaciers the news media find examples of global warming. The news media constantly misuse extreme weather examples to generate fear of global warming,
Which is true.
but when record cold or record snow sets in journalists don’t mention the possibility of global cooling trends. While climatologists would say weather isn’t necessarily an indication of climate, it has been in the media, but only when the weather could be spun as part of global warming. Despite such extreme cold around the world, the three networks are not forecasting a period of global cooling.
Perhaps because they know that very short term cold weather (i.e., a week or less) is, well, weather and what we are talking about is climate change, i.e., changes over decades to centuries.
Joe Romm has a funny article up titled “Looks like I am going on FoxNews today because it’s cold outside”:
You can’t deny it’s cold outside in Washington, DC today — any more than you can deny the planet is unequivocally warming and humans are probably the cause of most of that warming, can you? I mean, the fact that it’s cold in early January isn’t news. It’s the friggin’ winter!
Oh wait, you say we’re setting records for cold over parts of the country. But if you accept the temperature station data going back over a century that says we’re setting records for cold over a small part of the globe over a short period of time, then you have to accept this very same data over the entire globe over a long period of time, no?