Global “Weirding” Instead of “Warming”

Thomas Friedman wrote an excellent piece basically suggesting that we need to stop calling it “global warming” but rather the more accurate name “global weirding.” I obviously could not agree more, most people I talk to both through my blog and personally who want to challenge my position are stuck on the “warming” part. They think that because it has been unseasonably cold in the northeast with major snow falls in southern east coast areas that there is no such thing as global warming.

I think we all can agree weather has been particularly strange these last few years, the 2005 hurricane season that not only brought Katrina and Rita but so many storms they had to restart the naming that year with alpha, beta…etc. That is just hurricanes, how about wildfires, mudslides, droughts, flash floods… Even tornados in areas that do not get them. I am willing to entertain the idea that SOME wildfires and mudslide are a direct and immediate consequence of humans and what we are doing to the earth but global weirding is much more about our long lasting scar on the Earth and maybe if we change the terminology people will understand it more and do something about it.

So hats off to Friedman for suggesting a change to the vocabulary!

To read his piece click here. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/17/opinion/17friedman.html

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2 thoughts on “Global “Weirding” Instead of “Warming”

  1. meh. I’ve never been a big fan of moving to terminology that is more vague when (alleged) science is involved. It smack of politics.. and worse, propaganda.

    • I am not fan of changing terminology either but I do think it is fair to say that the term that we are currently using is misleading… this term is certainly more clear.

      -green4u

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