Cold doesn’t discredit
Monday, Feb 13, 2017 02:58 pm
There’s something about a cold snap that brings out the worst in the climate change deniers. Whenever the mercury drops below -20 C, you’re bound to hear someone say it: “so much for global warming!” or “If global warming was real, why is it so darn cold?”
Local residents likely heard at least one person say this when the frigid temperatures we saw earlier in last week rolled in. But the thing about climate change is that it isn’t necessarily always causing warmer weather.
Climate change is causing an overall spike in average temperatures which are having long reaching impacts on our world, but that doesn’t mean each day is going to be hotter.
Weather will be more extreme. Weather patterns will change. We’ll continue to see more and more impacts of this as the earth continues to warm. But we’ll still have cold days.
The current target is to stop the average global temperature from rising 1.5 C to 2 C above pre-industrial levels. So don’t expect the greenhouse gases to all of a sudden bring balmy temperatures to Rocky View County over the winter.
Let’s all remember a few things. Weather is not climate. Climate change is a real thing. Cold weather doesn’t discount the fact that climate change is real. The NDP didn’t cause the cold snap with the implementation of its carbon tax.