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Just a short diary based on a comment I'd originally posted in a Mark Sumner diary.

Essentially,

We're experiencing increasing episodes of extreme weather all over the globe because "global warming" effects are destabilizing our existing climate patterns, resulting in world-wide climate disruption.

The imbalance is due to human activity.

If we don't act now, together, in a concerted effort to mitigate the effects, the climate will enter a chaotic period of extreme phenomena unlike anything humanity has ever seen.

That's it. That's the message.

More, along with the full original comment, below the fold.

This is the original comment:

"Global Warming" has been used interchangeably with the term "global climate disruption" - often incorrectly, particularly since it's less syllables and more recognizable.

That has to change.

It's one aspect leading to, and underlying, global climate disruption. But it's too easy for the disruption deniers, special interests, malicious malefactors and simple idiots to use & abuse in their efforts to willfully & malicious sow confusion and, in effect, globally disrupt any efforts for responsible, civilized human adults to take any effective actions.

We're experiencing increasing episodes of extreme weather all over the globe because "global warming" effects are destabilizing our existing climate patterns, resulting in world-wide climate disruption.

The imbalance is due to human activity.

If we don't act now, together, in a concerted effort to mitigate the effects, the climate will enter a chaotic period of extreme phenomena unlike anything humanity has ever seen.

That's the message. Anybody trying to spin it is either incompetent, selfish, malicious, or a mind-numbing combination of all of the above.

I even did a screen capture of it and posted the image on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest, as well as added it to this diary as a comment, where it got some additional notice & response.

The Facebook post had this preface, which echoed the core of the message:

Global Warming is a factor & a symptom of Global Climate Disruption. The two terms are not interchangeable. And using the former as a stand-in for the latter because it's easier (less syllables) or more familiar ("everyone's heard of 'global warming'!") only helps the idiots, malefactors & subversive forces in their global efforts to disrupt responsible, adult, civilized behavior by humanity.
Other folks noted (primarily in the responses to the comment linked to above, here) that "Climate Chaos" is another "better" term - it's true, it is better than "Global Warming" I think, but I also believe it's almost a misnomer &  possibly misleading, potentially enabling further denialist activity simply because of the inclusion of the word "chaos."

Chaos is, in my mind, the underlying fundamental descriptive science of climate: "climate disruption" is what occurs when the stable(-ish) periodicity of the established climatic patterns absorb increasing levels of energy that force the system to become unstable, until it can fully react and account for the increased energy and achieve a new stable(-ish) period.  Note: I am not a math or physics guru, nor properly versed in Chaos theory - my attempt to explain it in those terms in the preceding paragraph are simply my best efforts to grasp at something I only partially understand but know to be relevant. Anyone who can properly and succinctly explain that Chaotic concept in layman's terms is invited to do so, with an extra 100 pts for then explaining if it is or isn't a reasonable attempt to explain climate - and hopefully why. :)

But, all that aside - the important takeaway is this: we should at least reinforce some aspect of our messaging around climate disruption so that it becomes more difficult for the malicious malefactors, denialists, dimwits and whatnots to disrupt the conversation.

Thus, I think the simple explanation for the overall phenom should be along the lines posted at the top of this screed:

We're experiencing increasing episodes of extreme weather all over the globe because "global warming" effects are destabilizing our existing climate patterns, resulting in world-wide climate disruption.

The imbalance is due to human activity.

If we don't act now, together, in a concerted effort to mitigate the effects, the climate will enter a chaotic period of extreme phenomena unlike anything humanity has ever seen.

And the term to use to describe what is happening is "global climate disruption" brought on by human activity. "Global warming" is merely a factor and a symptom of the overall problem.

"Climate chaos" is effectively what we've always had - it's simply becoming destablized...more chaotic, as energy from global warming fuels the rate of overall disruption. It's still better, IMO, than "global warming" - but doesn't whittle the wiggle room down as much or provide as much potential for clarity as "global climate disruption."

IMO. YMMV.

Namaste.

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  •  Just my 2 cents on terminology & messaging. (12+ / 0-)

    Spent wisely, it still can't buy penny candy in today's economy.

  •  Sorry to post & run, but it's been a long day. (2+ / 0-)
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    Glen The Plumber, jayden

    I'm off to bed.

    ...play nice. ;)

  •  Your message is too long (3+ / 0-)
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    GreyHawk, Another Grizzle, jayden

    It needs to be one sentence.

    It is unfortunate that the term "global warming", while accurate, was the tag that became universal for climate disruption. It's been too easy for the deniers to make a joke out of the term.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 09:27:23 PM PST

    •  Suggestions welcome. (4+ / 0-)
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      Another Grizzle, Zinman, jayden, VClib
      Global Warming is a factor & a symptom of Global Climate Disruption.
      That's one sentence, but it isn't the whole message.

      Messaging isn't simply bumper-sticker phrases - it's also bullet points ("talking points"), and the effectively 3-point message is what needs to serve as the basis for the one-liner variants and bumper-sticker phrases that may be required to help spread the message.

      There are a lot of facts and a lot of messages to convey on any topic: but clarifying the messaging - at least consistently using the terminology, and having ready-made fall-back responses (rejoinders, factoids, what-have-you) that help drive it home, shore it up, expound and clarify are an essential part of what's needed.

      One-liners also help, of course - they can be spun off, put on bumper stickers, and used to simplify responses to the coordinated waves of disruptors & obstructors.

      ...so, what one-liners would you suggest?  (Seriously!) I'll start off:

      • Global Warming is a factor & a symptom of Global Climate Disruption.
      • [insert one liner here]
      • [insert one liner here]
      • [insert one liner here]

      ...if we can come up with several of them, and find ways to help ensure that they reinforce the underlying basic facts - and make that the core of the messaging - then it will help reality-based people keep control of the conversation.

      And that makes a big difference, IMO, to helping to change the overall conversation & any subsequent potential actions.

      •  "Climate Cluster Chaos" (4+ / 0-)
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        jayden, Calamity Jean, VClib, GreyHawk

        I was searching for a new term and reluctantly decided that "Climate Cluster Fuck" was not suitable as a public descriptor of our on-going world-wide climate disaster when JeffW suggested "Climate Cluster Chaos" as an alternative, and I have heartily adopted the term.

        Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is now 400ppm. That is "Climate Cluster Chaos". (hat tip to JeffW for CCC)

        by Zinman on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 10:10:16 PM PST

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  •  Everyone can understand global warming (4+ / 0-)
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    Sandino, jayden, GreyHawk, unfangus
    1. Human activity produces gases, like carbon dioxide, that trap more heat from sunlight than normal air does.
    2. These emissions are large enough to make the entire atmosphere trap noticeably more heat than before.
    3. Therefore, the average global temperature is increasing above what it would naturally be, due to human activity.

    And it is "global warming," on average. I like the addition of "climate disruption."

    Another big addition is that carbon dioxide, as it dissolves from the atmosphere into the oceans, makes them more acidic. This makes it harder for shellfish to grow shelves. Ocean acidification could be as big of a problem as, and a more intractable one than, global warming.

    Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

    by Simplify on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 10:44:00 PM PST

  •  Climate Crisis is best (2+ / 0-)
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    jayden, GreyHawk

    Although climate chaos is is pretty good for people who won't think about chaos theory. Crisis evokes the need for urgent action, rather than resignation.

    My take on 'chaos theory':
    It has been observed that even very simple systems can exhibit very complex, unpredictable behavior. This has generally been a surprise for the scientific community, where complex results were assumed to come from underlying complexity in the equations that govern/describe the system. A hallmark of 'chaotic systems' is "sensitive dependence on initial conditions". In a 19th century mechanistic universe, 2 identical systems would evolve over time identically, and very similar systems would evolve very similarly. Chaotic systems that are not exactly identical will evolve completely differently, because those small initial differences are magnified by the system.  The result is that you can't predict things based on models or previous observations, since the similarities in initial conditions do not guarantee similarity in later states.

    •  For my 100 pt bonus (2+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean, GreyHawk

      I'd suggest that chaos theory proper explains why meteorologists need supercomputers to predict weather, and still fail. In terms of AGW, the term is pretty meaningless technically, since weather is always chaotic, and climate is way too broad and inherently complex to to be chaotic or not chaotic in a technical sense.
      For laymen, chaos nicely captures the new lack of predictability in our seasons, but as I mentioned, may induce more of a sense of resignation.  I think the term Climate Chaos could easily be replaced by Climate Craziness, especially since crazy is not burdened with an extra technical meaning.  

    •  Yes! (2+ / 0-)
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      Sandino, GreyHawk

      "Climate Crisis" gets the message and urgency across. Many people I know joke about their "life in chaos" so adding the climate to the chaos of their already frantic lives isn't going to have much impact. Chaos is something we laugh about whereas a crisis is much more serious and requires action.

  •  The real difficulty isn't the wording. (1+ / 0-)
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    GreyHawk

    It is that nobody wants to do what is necessary to stop adding CO2 to the atmosphere. The climate science deniers, when you converse with them for a few moments, quickly reveal that their true fear is that global warming is some sort of excuse for more taxes and limits on their freedom to waste energy.
       As for phrasing: The earth is warming up. That changes the climate.
       

  •  I prefer "catastrophic climate change" (3+ / 0-)
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    GreyHawk, unfangus, Sandino

    It warns of the coming catastrophe, and "climate change" is better than "warming" because it includes all climate extremes, including severe cold spells.

    Yes, those of us with a little knowledge understand that 'warming" implies increased energy in the system, which will lead to all types of disruptions, but the low-information citizens are more easily mislead when the terminology can be so easily misinterpreted to mean only that things should be getting warmer.

  •  Sad. (2+ / 0-)
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    GreyHawk, Sandino

    Even simplifying the message to a single, indisputable sentence won't make some people wake up. Even if they believe it, it's too big to get your head around and most people don't see what they can do to help.

    When I'm at my most cynical (which is usually after I've being reading climate change findings), I'm extremely glad hubby and I decided against having children. I wouldn't want them to inherit this world and I worry about my nieces and nephews.

    Incidentally, hubby and I call it "Global Weirding". :)

  •  You said: (0+ / 0-)
    "Global warming" is merely a factor and a symptom of the overall problem.
    This I don't buy for the reason that 'global warming' is the primary, overwhelming driver and physical cause of global climate disruption.    Global warming, in turn, is directly caused by past, present and future increasing atmospheric gas concentrations  of all greenhouse gases.

    Saying that 'global warming is merely a factor and a symptom of the overall problem' is not defensible as a matter of the demonstration of causation.  Futhermore, your proclivity for treatment of 'global warming' does not properly focus the attention of the public on dynamics of the problem from a global atmospheric management and emissions control perspective.

    •  Sure it's defensible. (0+ / 0-)
      Saying that 'global warming is merely a factor and a symptom of the overall problem' is not defensible as a matter of the demonstration of causation.
      Global warming is a factor. It's a primary factor - even you say so -
      "... 'global warming' is the primary, overwhelming driver and physical cause of global climate disruption.    Global warming, in turn, is directly caused by past, present and future increasing atmospheric gas concentrations  of all greenhouse gases."
      It's not the only factor in global climate disruption. And it's not only a factor, it's also a symptom.

      Because the disruption means weather patterns and climate conditions will change, at time drastically, and some systems will display increasing amounts of extremely severe weather, including cold snaps like the recent Polar Vortex, idiots and denialists key in on the "warming" ad nauseam, and their clamor does actually impact the overall message and general public attention span.

      your proclivity for treatment of 'global warming' does not properly focus the attention of the public on dynamics of the problem from a global atmospheric management and emissions control perspective
      I disagree with the first part; the second part isn't my goal. Emissions control is an important element, but not the sole factor. Reducing the overall carbon footprint through sustainable energy practices, even altering dietary habits (and subsequently impacting farming, food supply etc.) is crucial too. Those impact the overall footprint and don't strictly fall under "emissions" (well, energy production does).

      Thanks for responding, tho. Sorry I didn't see this earlier.

  •  I call it (0+ / 0-)

    global weirding

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