Let’s Call It ‘Climate Disruption,’ White House Science Adviser Suggests

First there was “global warming.” Then many researchers suggested “climate change” was a better term. Now, White House science adviser John Holdren is renewing his call for a new nomenclature to describe the end result of dumping vast quantities of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases into Earth’s atmosphere: “global climate disruption.”

“I’ve always thought that the phrase ‘global warming’ was something of a misnomer because it suggests that the phenomenon is something that is uniform around the world, that it’s all about temperature, and that it’s gradual,” Holdren said yesterday at the annual AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy in Washington, D.C. “What could be wrong with that?”

Instead, he said, “we should call it ‘global climate disruption.’ Although the rising average global surface temperature is an indicator of the degree of disruption that we have imposed on the global climate system, what’s actually happening involves changes in circulation patterns, changes in precipitation patterns, and changes in extremes. And those are very different in different places.”

Au début, ils ont appelé ça le « réchauffement climatique ». Mais comme ça ne se réchauffe pas, ils ont décidé d’appeler ça le « changement climatique ». Mais comme rien ne change, ils ont encore changé le nom pour appeler ça le « dérèglement climatique ». Ainsi, chaque fois qu’il y aura une tornade, un ouragan, où une tempête de neige, ils pourront dire que c’est à cause d’un dérèglement… La climatologie, plus une affaire de marketing que de science…