You Must Not Call It A Lovely Sunny Day Because Climate Change

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Weather forecasters, news editors, and the like must stop calling hot sunny days lovely, or nice, or celebrate that people might be able to go out as unusual in our windswept and rainy isles. Because to do so is to skate over the dangers of climate change.

No, really:

The public is being lulled into a false sense of security about the UK’s increasingly extreme weather patterns by news and weather reports that present long, hot, dry spells as good news, according to scientists and campaigners.

Experts say unusually dry and sunny conditions like those experienced in the UK over the past two months are too often framed as something to celebrate, with newspaper and TV reports featuring pictures of people sunbathing, playing in fountains or eating ice creams.

Instead, the experts say, people should be made aware of the risks associated with increasingly hot summers, especially for vulnerable groups, and they should be helped to “join the dots” to see heatwaves and flooding in the context of the wider climate crisis.

Instead, the news that today you can go and sit in the park should be accompanied by the insistence that this is why we’ve got to overthrow industrial capitalism, see?

“I am afraid the media have not woken up to the risks associated with hot and dry weather and that can help lull the population into a state of ignorance about the extent and severity of those risks,” said Bob Ward, from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics.

Ahhh, that’s who it’s from. So, obviously it’s insane, coming from that source.

He said elderly people and those with underlying health conditions were at risk from more regular heatwaves – a danger often compounded by poorly insulated houses or care homes.

“It is all very well to be talking about visits to the beach because it is going to be sunny and hot but we must recognise that there are real risks too, particularly for vulnerable groups of people,” Ward said.

Idiot. Given the UK’s background climate – and insulation of the housing – far greater dangers accompany cold than hot weather here.

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seems to be a habit of the OMGWAGTD mob aka “New Puritans” that any pleasure is Bad. Qoth Saki somewhere, ” Find out what the boy is doing and make him stop it”. There is a formal name for this fear of good fortune somewhere.

Bernie G.
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Bernie G.

We get a taste of Mediterranean weather and should feel guilty?

Spike
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Spike

If you work for an Institute, every minute of every day must be a Teachable Moment.

Tom Gilhooly
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Tom Gilhooly

H/t Paul Homewood ‘Not a lot of people know that’ 3rd June. Looks like there was nothing unusual in the loverly weather in any case. “In fact there have been 47 hotter Mays since 1659. The hottest was 1833, and the five hottest were all pre 1850”

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Peter

Love it! “Experts say unusually dry and sunny conditions like those experienced in the UK over the past two months are too often framed as something to celebrate, with newspaper and TV reports featuring pictures of people sunbathing, playing in fountains or eating ice creams.” They’re writing about it because its so bloody rare we have decent weather in what is loosely called “summer”. Where I live in Scotland, we can have summer days that are colder than winter days and two days of sunshine on the trot is cause for celebration. Out with the barbie. Sunbathing. Two weeks is… Read more »

Davidsb
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Davidsb

“…Ahhh, that’s who it’s from. So, obviously it’s insane, coming from that source….”

Bob Ward, from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics has been a source of much merriment over the years, as he expends a shed-load of energy on twisting every item of news into a Climate Crisis message.

Long may he continue to entertain us!

Addolff
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Addolff

As an American said “the UK has 5 months of winter and 7 months of bad weather”.
And never forget – it is GLOBAL WARMING – climate change, climate crisis, climate weirding or any other weasel words are used to cover up the fact that what they predicted would happen if we carried on with BAU has not happened: http://temperature.global/

Snarkus
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Snarkus

better than that. It seems IPCC BAU meant burning more coal each than actually exists. Or my sources could be wrong

Boganboy
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Boganboy

When I glanced at the reference, I did like the statement that the temperatures were unadjusted.

Addolff
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Addolff

Boganboy, yes, they are not Mann made…..