I’ve been spending a lot of time on Twitter lately–all in the name of advancing logic and facts on a social platform where common sense and civility go to die.
So when weather services tweeted about the freakishly cold weather we’ve been having, climate deniers who have zero understanding of what it is chime in with what they think are witty ripostes. Example: “Right, global warming! It’s so hot out I can’t stand it! [insert many laughing face emojis]”. These geniuses confuse weather (the daily changes in climate) with climate change (the pattern of weather over time) which, in turn, is a feature of global warming.
When I read these tweets I explain the difference and link the tweet to the Nasa website. I’m sure they don’t take the time to educate themselves, but I’m hoping they might think twice before tweeting their nonsense the next time the weather services tweet a forecast. But I won’t hold my breath.
Speaking of NASA, it’s an awesome site. The photos are breathtaking. Here’s a photo taken by the Hubble space telescope of baby stars inside a Nebulla.
And since I missed International Woman’s Day, here’s a photo of Nancy Grace Roman, aka “Mother of Hubble”, at the Yerkes Unversity in 1948 where she was working on her doctorate. It wasn’t until the last decade or so that female NASA experts were even acknowledged.
I really hope it gets warm soon. I need a break from the Twitterverse.