Notes: Holdren continues:
"It is uneven geographically. It is rapid compared to ordinary historic rates of climatic change, as well as rapid compared to the adjustment times of ecosystems and human society.
"It is affecting a wide array of critically important climatic phenomena besides temperature, including precipitation, humidity, soil moisture, atmospheric circulation patterns, storms, snow and ice cover, and ocean currents and upwellings.
"And its effects on human well-being are and undoubtedly will remain far more negative than positive.
"A more accurate, albeit more cumbersome, label than 'global warming' is 'global climatic disruption.'"
Dr. John Holdren is Presidential Science Advisor to Pres. Barak Obama.
The term 'global garming' is commonly used interchangeably with 'climate change,' and other less common synonyms, including Holdren's 'global climatic disruption,' 'climate chaos,' 'global wierding,' etc. (ClimateBites offering: 'climate scrambling.')
There is no consensus on the best term. In a notorious 1997 memo, Republican messaging guru Frank Luntz proposed replacing 'global warming' with 'climate change' because it sounds less alarming, thus making it easier to deflect calls for action. Ironically, climate scientists also began to favor 'climate change,' but for a very different reason. 'Climate change' is broader, encompassing all the diverse impacts, rather than just the rise in mean global air temperature at the earth's surface.
A June 2011 Google search showed 'climate change' surpassing 'global warming' in search "hits" by 3-to-2. Holdren's term, 'global climatic disruption' was far behind.
Bite Source: Presidential Science Advisor John Holdren, quoted in Thomas Friedman, Hot, Flat and Crowded, p. 134.
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