Last week, the Arctic storm dubbed the “Beast from the East” resulted in sub-zero temperatures in unusual places: ice skaters took to Amsterdam’s canals and snow fights took place in front of the Colosseum as snow covered the streets of Rome, ice froze over lakes in the UK, and mediterranean countries experienced the coldest temperatures in decades.

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Ice Skating the Famous Canals of Amsterdam

Lithuania experienced temperatures as low as -24 degrees C (minus 11 F)  and Croatia deployed around 1,000 soldiers to help clear out 1.5 meters of snow in the worst affected areas. The dangerously low temperatures caused by the storm from the Siberian Arctic caused at least 10 deaths and numerous cases of hypothermia as it moved progressively south and west into Europe. Emergency shelters were opened by authorities to cope with the needs of homeless citizens, and police in Belgium were given permission to detain people overnight if they refused to seek shelter. Havoc reaped across European capitals stopping planes, trains, and automobiles.

 

As Europe experienced a polar blast last week, climate change skeptics took to the internet to claim that it’s proof global warming doesn’t exist. 

 

So how is it that the massive polar blast points to global warming?

In recent weeks, the Arctic has been experiencing a heatwave – even though it hasn’t seen a single drop of sunlight since October! Greenland’s northern tip (the world’s most northerly land weather station) recorded temperatures above freezing several times in February, with northern polar regions experiencing higher temperatures than London, Paris and New York, which experts describe as “crazy” and “shocking”. As BBC Weather explains, the cold air that spins over the Arctic warmed up, causing the jet stream to reverse its direction over Siberia, carrying freezing temperatures over the rest of Europe.

Climate change skeptics falsely claim that the cold weather seen in past weeks is proof that global warming doesn’t exist. But to be on the same page, it is important to know that Global warming is just one symptom of the much greater problem of climate change.

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Global warming refers only to the Earth’s rising surface temperature, while climate change includes warming and the “side effects” of warming—like melting glaciers, heavier rain storms, or more frequent drought. Said another way, global warming is one symptom of the much larger problem of human-caused climate change.” via Climate.gov

 

Doesn’t weather change all the time? 

The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. “Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere “behaves” over relatively long periods of time. When we talk about climate change, we talk about changes in long-term averages of daily weather.” via NASA

 

Still Think Climate Change is a Hoax?

Apart from clear evidence such as rising sea levels, shrinking ice sheets and extreme weather events, scientists agree that global warming is caused by human activity.

Here are 9 irrefutable pieces of evidence that proves climate change is real

An argument that commonly arises in discussing climate change is whether there is a scientific consensus on climate change. But a 2013 study reviewing nearly 12,000 abstracts of scientific papers on global warming and global climate change found some strong correlations: of the 4,014 that discussed the cause of recent global warming, 97.1% endorsed the consensus position that humans are the cause global warming

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James L. Powell, executive director of the National Physical Science Consortium did a follow-up analysis looking at 2,258 peer-reviewed climate articles published between November 2012 and December 2013. His findings show that only one out of the 9,136 authors rejected global warming as caused by humans (also called anthropogenic global warming). A subsequent paper published in 2015 covering climate research articles from 2013 and 2014 found that only four out of 69,406 authors rejected anthropogenic global warming.

Consensus on Anthropogenic Global Warming 2017

Over 99% of climate scientists did not reject anthropogenic global warming in their peer-reviewed research.

 

 

So what can I do about it?

 

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