A blog item discusses melting permafrost and existential dispair. [1] Someone in the comments is just asking questions:

"Also, how is the report of melting permafrost different from a conservative saying that a particularly cold winter disproves the climate change?" [2]

What is your answer?


· SubwayTooter · 2 · 0 · 0

There is an answer in the thread [1], but it isn't helpful: it doesn't address the question, it wanders all over the place, and it's hard to understand (to be fair, I suppose, the first sentence does sort of point towards what I think is the right answer).


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My answer is the difference is the same as the difference between long-term trends and short-term fluctuations. Permafrost melts due to year-after-year temperature increases and means possibly significant change. Freakish weather is a happenstance due to particular circumstances and doesn't mean much past its own existence.

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