What's In A Name?


Thomas L. Friedman of the New York Times is an optimist but notes that we do not have a lot of time do deal with climate change. He also suggests that the names we use do not conjure an image of what is likely to happen:

"And sweet-sounding "global warming" doesn't really capture what's likely to happen. I prefer the term "global weirding," coined by Hunter Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, because the rise in average global temperature is going to lead to all sorts of crazy things — from hotter heat spells and droughts in some places, to colder cold spells and more violent storms, more intense flooding, forest fires and species loss in other places." ::NYTimes

Wayne Roberts of Now Magazine is a pessimist.

He suggests that climate change is no longer human created; it is now out of control.

"it is no longer true that human activity determines the major ups and downs of climate change. Natural momentum now follows its own rules. It appears we have entered a new paradigm, where the language of "climate chaos'' and "global starving'' is replacing "global warming'' - a phrase that should be shunned as climatically incorrect and Eurocentric."

He continues, explaining his logic:

" We have had 20 years of lost opportunities as the world waited for a scientific consensus and squandered tie. Now these reports seem like an empty victory. An extended phase of once-preventable destruction is now a done deal, thanks to patterns of nature that are no longer possible for humans to prevent.

A series of what ecologists call "feedback loops" predetermine a chilling picture of climate change. Ice and snow that used to reflect back heat from the sun's rays are being replaced by open dark waters that absorb heat like pavement on a sizzling summer day.

Northern permafrost that once kept ancient bogs in deep freeze is thawing, releasing methane that is over 20 times more heat-trapping than carbon dioxide. Warm air evaporates more water from oceans, and humidity holds heat much longer than drier air." ::Now

So what should we call it? send in your suggestions and we will run a survey.