No snow in Hawai`i equals global warming?

27 February 2007

This is the question which many people seem to have answered to the affirmative after a Hawaii Tribune-Herald article last weekend. While I am glad that conciousness seems to be higher about the inconvenient truth, I am not sure that it is a good thing that any anecdote about warmer weather be conflated with climate change in general.

I think while it may raise short-term awareness, it does so while not really changing the general opinion about what science can and can’t do, particularly on complicated issues.

Besides which, if you look at the web cams today, warm is not a word that would come directly to mind.

Other opinions?

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