- Written by Steve Bratteng
- Published: 07 March 2014
If you have been paying much attention to the “global warming controversy,” you probably know at least two things. One is that almost no one in the field of climate studies still refers to the situation as global warming, choosing the more germane term “global climate change.”
Another thing you may know is that a US Senator from Oklahoma, James Inhofe, has been one of the most vocal critics of the notion that catastrophic climate change is occurring, calling it the second-greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people. [The first being the notion of separation of church and state.]
In his speeches, Inhofe, who once chaired the Senate Committee for Environment and Public Works, has made the claim that NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) data have shown there has been no significant warming over the past one hundred years. The actual data from NOAA show the opposite, supporting the claims of warming.
Also in his speeches Inhofe has compared the Environmental Protection agency to the Nazi Gestapo and its administrator to Tokyo Rose.
In light of where Senator Inhofe calls home it might be surprising to learn that scientists at the University of Oklahoma have been doing studies on climate change that fail to support the ideas of the Senator.
A recent study published in the journal Nature Geoscience gives us some of the details of how global climate change manifests itself in different parts of the world.
The article deals with the fact that warming effects vary according to season and region, and according to night and day. Greater changes occur in higher latitudes and during winter than seen in tropical regions.
These sorts of effects must be included in our models of climate change, many of which have used a more uniform warming in the past.
Slowly, through such research, we are gaining greater knowledge of how climate change will play out in the next century despite the fact that the political climate in Oklahoma may not change much, thanks to politicians such as Inhofe, who use their position of authority to deny and subvert what science tells us.