Response to the New York Times primer on climate change: ‘Short Answers to Hard Questions About Climate Change’

Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by Lance Wallace

For several months, the New York Times has been running a permanent feature on climate change. They direct their readers to this feature with the promise that it will answer their questions.

Will it really? Let’s see. My responses are in italic below each item.


Short Answers to Hard Questions About Climate Change

By JUSTIN GILLIS

NOV. 28, 2015

The issue can be overwhelming. The science is complicated. Predictions about the fate of the planet carry endless caveats and asterisks.

We get it.

So we’ve put together a list of quick answers to often-asked questions about climate change. This should give you a running start on understanding the problem.

1. How much is the planet heating up?

1.7 degrees is actually a significant amount.

As of October 2015, the Earth had warmed by about 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880, when records begin at a global…

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