Brrr, it’s unseasonably cold for a few days in the UK so is climate change a scam?

The simple is no! However whenever the temperature in the UK get’s a little cooler than average, it’s amusing how various climate change sceptic media types get a little foamy around the mouth claiming that this somehow disproves the fact that the Earth is warming because of increased levels of atmospheric CO2 – Anthropogenic Global Warming. While in the UK, we experienced higher than average temperatures and drought conditions in the South in March 2012, June has seen plummeting temperatures, relentless rain and my children getting increasingly tetchy because their cricket matches have been cancelled.

While we in the UK have been shivering through June, other parts of the world have seen record temperatures, drought conditions and wild fires.

The England football team played their first match in Euro 2012 on 11th June in temperatures of around 30oC which is at least 10oC above normal temperatures in Ukraine.

The point is that picking out anecdotes proves nothing. It is the rigorous analysis of evidence over time that helps us form conclusions and that evidence is overwhelmingly supportive of Anthropogenic Global Warming.

Remember the difference between Weather and Climate:

  • Weather is the mix of events that happen each day in our atmosphere including temperature, rainfall and humidity. Weather is not the same everywhere. Perhaps it is hot, dry and sunny today where you live, but in other parts of the world it is cloudy, raining or even snowing. Everyday, weather events are recorded and predicted by meteorologists worldwide.
  • Climate in your place on the globe controls the weather where you live. Climate is the average weather pattern in a place over many years.

For more information see this page from NASA – What’s the Difference Between Weather and Climate? or British comedians – Armstrong & Miller!

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