Climate Denial Crock of the Week - Heatwave Edition

The July 30th edition of Peter Sinclair's Climate Denial Crock of the Week tackles the latest deranged response by the obstreperous climate change deniers to the inescapable fact that 2010 promises to be one of the hottest, if not the hottest on record.

The Week looks at the Russian heatwave, one of the more notable extreme weather events afflicting the planet, by the numbers:


73° F
Normal daily high in Moscow during the summer months

Temperature in Moscow on Thursday — the highest reading ever in the city

Temperature on Monday in the fire-ravaged southern provence of Voronezh

25 million
Acres of crops ruined by the heat wave

Expected decline in Russia's wheat exports this year

Increase in air pollution in Moscow last week due to peat bog fires near the city

Packs of cigarettes one would have to smoke per day to equal the effects of Moscow's smog-choked air

Increase in sales of Russian soft drinks

Number of new fires emergency crews have discovered in the past day

Number of people working to fight the blazes

Approximate number of people — many of them intoxicated — who have drowned while attempting to cool off in rivers

Date on which Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox church, asked for all Russians to "to unite in prayer for rain to descend on our earth."


Tags: global climate change, right wing extremism (all tags)


1 Comment

Weather versus climate

The conundrum for climate scientists is that the only data that can be used to actually show climate change is completely inaccessible to the general public.  NOAA can calculate that this is the warmest year on record by averaging temperatures over the entire globe, and so any weird weather event ends up as an outlier.  The problem with NOAA's measurement is that it feels and is (for all practical purposes) out of the reach of the ordinary citizen.  Technically, they can get all of NOAA's tens of thousands of data points, but they have no practical way of looking at the data or determining if it makes sense to them based on their own experiences.  They respond much more strongly to the weather when they walk out the door in the morning.  

On the other hand, relying on freak weather events to inform us about the reality of climate change is exactly what Fox News and their adherents did so, uh, brilliantly last winter with the snowstorms in New York and DC.  It's tempting for us to do the same thing with the weather in Russia or the terrible storms in Pakistan, but we really don't know how or if they are realted to climate change.  Besides, someone could just as easily focus on the abnormally cold temperatures in South America and use this as evidence that climate change isn't real.


by the mollusk 2010-08-03 01:44PM | 0 recs


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