Just a quick retrospective on the Environment Magazine’s global warming analysis.
From a few years ago, this poignant collection of reminiscences of winters past and snowy fun from global-warming aware readers of the Environment Magazine. As the mag puts it, “These stories are particularly poignant in light of the diminished winters ahead” –
Environment Magazine: “Back When it Snowed”
Even more worrying was the very extensive collection of testaments to the lack of snow in winter collected in their article Losing Winter: As Climate Change Takes Hold, Our Coldest Season is the first Casualty:
Nostalgia for snowy winters past and “the way it was” . . . will be a major growth industry, even as skiing, skating, snowmen-building and maple syrup-making gradually recede in our collective memory.
Of course, back then snow-free winters were “only the tip of the iceberg” as it was only going to get warmer and warmer in winter. But don’t worry, Environment Magazine has been in touch with the Ministry of Truth and has written a new story for you. Cold Question: It May Be Winter but Climate Change Hasn’t Gone Anywhere which explains that the biting cold and heavy snow are all part of global warming – it’s just weather, you see, not climate.
Strangely, given that it’s been particularly quiet in terms of hurricanes, tornadoes and other serious storms in the US recently, the article points to them as evidence of global warming:
In fact, instead of the cold, snowy winter, think of the number of catastrophic storms on the rise. Those are directly related to warmer atmospheric temperatures.
All of this rewriting and apologia for failed predictions reminds of a quote they should have at the head of their article:
“How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.”
“Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane