Some topical debate on the environment from the New York Times:
How does extreme weather affect the public’s understanding or misunderstanding of global climate change?Left to right: Luke Sharrett/The New York Times, Torsten Blackwood/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
The aftermath of the snowstorm in Washington on Wednesday; in early 2009, extreme heat and drought fueled wildfires in the Victoria Alps, Australia.
During the Australian heat wave and dust storms last year, advocates of action on global warming were quick to link the weather to the longer term climate changes. But when there’s a cold snap or snowstorm, the skeptics have a field day, even if the climate scientists protest that it’s all part of the extreme weather patterns of global warming. A question is: how do these experiences with weather affect people’s view of global warming and the environmental decisions they make?