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The Climate Bomb

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorNovember 25, 2013 7:20 PM


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All you people indifferent to climate change, listen up:

Global warming is accumulating in the Earth's climate system at a rate equivalent to about 4 Hiroshima atomic bomb detonations, 2 Hurricane Sandys, or 4 magnitude 6.0 earthquakes per second.

This, according to a new widget created by the folks at Skeptical Science. Such a handy little app! After John Cook tweeted news of this latest messaging brainchild, an interesting exchange ensued between him and climate scientist Doug McNeall.

New website about our planet global warming at 4 Hiroshima bombs worth of heat per second — John Cook (@skepticscience) November 25, 2013

@skepticscience Hi John, as I said before, I think this is a silly way to describe warming: meaningless, and a bit shrill. — Doug McNeall (@dougmcneall) November 25, 2013

.@dougmcneall thinking behind Hiroshima metaphor is to communicate planet's heat imbalance in cognitively sticky way — John Cook (@skepticscience) November 25, 2013

.@skepticscience Saying that you think the atomic bomb metaphor is appropriate makes you appear either naive or purposely manipulative. — Doug McNeall (@dougmcneall) November 25, 2013

Several prominent climate scientists recently urged their colleagues and climate-concerned greens to support nuclear power as a replacement for fossil fuels. I wonder what they think of this new climate communication attempt.

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