For Informational Purposes Only

As cold temperatures, brutally so in much of the country, invade this weekend, you will hear or read comments from those who wholeheartedly dismiss global climate change.  They operate off the original misnomer, “global warming,” and run from there.

For informational purposes only, I want to take a minute to poke holes in their dismissal, in the form of definitions.  Like facts, these are difficult to ignore for people who wish to engage in reasonable discussion, but people still try.  All definitions will be compliments of The Free Dictionary online.

First, weather:

The state of the atmosphere at a given time and place, with respect to variables such as temperature, moisture, wind velocity, and barometric pressure. (source)

Take special note of the words “at a given time and place,” if you will.

Next, we have climate:

The meteorological conditions, including temperature, precipitation, and wind, that characteristically prevail in a particular region.  (source)

Of note here would be the word “characteristically.”

For kicks, let’s explore one more word, global:

 Of, relating to, or involving the entire earth; worldwide. (source)

Notice the words “entire earth,” which if we take them at face value, do not mean only the conditions outside your window or door.

Discuss if you like.


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