Friday 20 July 2018

Bitter weather leaves Trump wishing for some 'good old global warming'

Rochelle Carlotti, 28, shovels steps near her home after a record snowfall in Erie, Pennsylvania. Monday's storm brought 34 inches of snow, an all-time daily snowfall record for Erie. Photo: AP
Rochelle Carlotti, 28, shovels steps near her home after a record snowfall in Erie, Pennsylvania. Monday's storm brought 34 inches of snow, an all-time daily snowfall record for Erie. Photo: AP

David Millward

Donald Trump has said that the US's east coast "could use a little bit of that good old global warming" as bitterly cold temperatures are expected to freeze large swathes of the country this holiday weekend.

The US president wrote on Twitter: "In the East, it could be the coldest New Year's Eve on record," and added: "Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old global warming that our country, but not other countries, was going to pay trillions of dollars to protect against. Bundle up!"

Mr Trump did not acknowledge the difference between the weather and the climate.

Weather refers to the atmospheric conditions during a shorter period, while climate is a longer view of weather patterns.

Science

Mr Trump has repeatedly expressed scepticism about climate change science, calling global warming a "hoax" created by the Chinese to damage American industry.

He announced earlier this year his intention to pull out of the landmark Paris climate agreement that is aimed at curbing greenhouse gas production.

The accord set goals for slowing the rate of climate change by reducing the emissions that contribute to melting Arctic ice, increasing sea levels and changing weather patterns across the globe.

The United Nations' weather and climate agency said last month that 2017 was on track to become the hottest year on record, aside from those affected by the El Nino phenomenon, which can contribute to higher temperatures.

Last year set a record for Earth's average global temperature.

Irish Independent

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