July 31, 2018
Read the news lately and you’ve probably come across headlines about the “global heat wave” that’s wreaked havoc from Japan to Europe to North Africa, which outlets attribute to man-made global warming.
If this is the first time you’ve heard the term “global heat wave,” you’re not alone. That’s because it’s a made-up term used in outrageous headlines to drive web traffic.
“‘Global Heat Wave’ appears to be a new term invented by some folks in the media and climate advocacy groups,” Cliff Mass, a climate scientist at the University of Washington, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
July has seem blistering heat over much of the Northern Hemisphere, including record-highs in California and Canada. Triple-digit warmth was linked to heat deaths in Japan ,and sizzling temperatures contributed to massive wildfires to spread in Scandinavia. It is summer after all.
But the term “global heat wave” evokes images of heat dome cooking the entire planet. What they really mean is heat waves occurring simultaneously over different parts of the world.
This article was posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 6:34 am