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18 February 2010 at 3:15 am #3564
In Op-ed column in New York Times, Thomas Friedman reckoned "global weriding" is better term than global warming, for getting messages out to masses. Column includes:Quote:Avoid the term “global warming.” I prefer the term “global weirding,” because that is what actually happens as global temperatures rise and the climate changes. The weather gets weird. The hots are expected to get hotter, the wets wetter, the dries drier and the most violent storms more numerous.
The fact that it has snowed like crazy in Washington — while it has rained at the Winter Olympics in Canada, while Australia is having a record 13-year drought — is right in line with what every major study on climate change predicts: The weather will get weird; some areas will get more precipitation than ever; others will become drier than ever.
At Treehugger, a writer is not convinced by this:Quote:'weirding' makes it too easy to lump those who'd discuss it into belonging to some sort of a fringe movement. It suffers from still being too general and sounding too unscientific, in my opinion. Then again, I haven't exactly come up with a better term . . . any thoughts
Is it Time to Rename Global Warming? The Case for 'Global Weirding'
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