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Global Warming and Climate Change

Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 in Ecology | 10 comments

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On the 12. june 2011, our avid reader Christina Carabini raised a important question (1).

“Many people in the media and elsewhere use the terms climate change and global warming interchangeably as if they were the same thing”

I spontaneously answered her and explained in one short sentence, how I understand the difference between Global Warming and Climate Change. Climate Change is the result of Global Warming.

The question asked by Ms. Carabini, bears witness to the confusion of the public.  I blame people like Mr. Thomas L. Friedman from the New York Times. He wrote an op-ed with the title The Earth is Full (2). In the last post I asked, what took Mr. Friedman so long? But not only Mr. Friedman is to be blamed, the whole of the media landscape is responsible. It is understood, that the media is also just a market and it reacts to the demands of their audience. If the consumers are not interested, no one is going to write or talk about it. One of the pillars of the media is the right of the public to know. Even if the public does not want to hear about it. Especially those facts, which are created now and will take effect in the future. Like the Global Warming and the Climate Change. A denial of the facts by the media is unacceptable. The press as the watchdog of democracy has to inform the public also about unpleasant, and even scary, trends and not help psychological surpression and denial. There is simply no time to lose.

That there are Green political parties and they are very much in the media, but the watchdog is asleep! He does not ask the necessary questions and does not demand of all the parties involved, to clarify the terminology. So that people will know the difference between Global warming and Climate Change. Or what is the difference between Ecology (3) and Environment and what does Sustainability mean?

There might be some publications which treat all this problems, but if they exist, they will probably employ highly specialized language and no one but specialists will understand what it’s all about. As can be seen by the op-ed of Mr. Friedman, even he does not really grasp the whole picture, that’s why is op-ed is nebulous and does not give any practical advise. The situation resembles the picture of the Thinker as a firefighter, contemplating how to douse the fire.

This is something, which for us, at Nesseq is unacceptable. It is not enough to contemplate and to wait and see what happens. We offer some viable ideas how to tackle the problems. In our website we try to incorporate theory and practice now!


For further reading:

1. Christina Carabini

2. Earth is Full

3. Ecology

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    I find myself coming to your blog more and more often to the point where my visits are almost daily now!

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  4. hemp

    As the planet warms our changes and extreme weather events like heatwaves floods storms and droughts are more intense happen in more places and occur more often. Human activity produces more greenhouse gases which accumulate in the Earths making the Earth warmer and causing our weather patterns to change. Australia may be seriously affected by climate change if the amount of greenhouse gases keeps rising…

  5. Thomas

    Hi Dr. Max, I am not sure if you realize it, but your statement is excactly the same as Thomas B. Olsen (not related to the Olsen twins), wrote about two years ago – I am not quite sure if there is a original source, but you might be able to find his article somewhere (lack of Google-skills, does that I haven’t found it). If you find it, please post it here or PM me. Regards, Thomas

    • Admin (Max)

      Hi Thomas,
      thank you for your comment. I have to admit that I never heard about Thomas B. Olsen. But if he and me are writing about the same topic I take it as a compliment.

  6. Penuil David

    This is a nice picture with so many meanings, could you please let me know the source of this photo, (place, photographer) and where i can have the permission to use it in my book.

    • Admin (Max)

      Hi David,
      I took the picture myself somewhere in Tel Aviv. If you want to use the picture you may. Under the condition that you mention me and
      Thank you very much,

  7. Ciera

    Max, please don’t stop writting 🙂 i love your articles.

    You are so talanted, i wish to meet you someday to learn from you.

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