n recent articles time after time folks are saying, “Hey, it’s cold outside, what global warming?”

It is so ridiculous it has nearly driven me crazy and possibly to drink.

Nearly every news source in this country, in this world has explained that global warming is an inaccurate description of what is happening to our planet and to clear up the confusion they now use the term, “Climate change.”



In recent articles time after time folks are saying, “Hey, it’s cold outside, what global warming?”
It is so ridiculous it has nearly driven me crazy and possibly to drink.
Nearly every news source in this country, in this world has explained that global warming is an inaccurate description of what is happening to our planet and to clear up the confusion they now use the term, “Climate change.”
Both of these descriptive terms mean exactly the same thing.
Years ago scientists discovered tears and holes in our ozone layer which is the protective shield around the earth which prevents the sun’s harmful effects on our planet. Recently it has been discovered that the polar ice caps are melting at an alarming rate and the world’s oceans are warming.
The results of these discoveries was/is an ongoing investigation into the causes for these anomalies.
What scientists around the world discovered was that while the earth has experienced climate change in the past, nothing compared to the rapid climate change our planet is currently undergoing.
Armed with this information scientist then began to explore whether our planet’s currently accelerated climate change was a natural occurrence or was the process being speeded up by something people were doing to the environment?
What the scientists discovered was that aerosols, pollution, green house gases and fossil fuels were in fact causing the planet to accelerate the natural process of climate change.
This wasn’t the conclusion of just a few isolated scientists, this was the conclusion reached by nearly all of the finest scientists all over the world. Of nearly every scientist studying climate change almost 90 percent are in agreement that we are all contributing to this very serious problem.
The problem is so serious that what climate change would naturally occur over tens of thousands of years or hundreds of thousands of years may now happen in the next hundred years.
The undisputed facts of climate changes are that we will experience warmer summers, colder/longer winters, the seas will warm and the polar ice caps will melt.
This will all result in more severe weather such as increased hurricanes (including numbers, severity and size), increased tornado activity, increased flooding, freezing temperatures in places normally warm, droughts and a myriad of other disastrous weather changes.
This planet of ours is much more fragile than most of us understand. We can do something now to slow the course of events or we can spend the next hundred years debating the facts.
Doing something will do no harm and would make this planet a better place. Doing nothing may spell doom for future generations.
Eric Reeve, Macks Creek