Inspiring Terms Are Simple. ‘Climate Change’ Isn’t.


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Inspiring Terms Are Simple. ‘Climate Change’ Isn’t.As scientific terms go, “climate change” is failing. Climate change is ambiguous, referring perhaps to the most pressing human-generated environmental problem of the century, or to other kinds of changes that happen through natural forces and have been going on since long before humans arose. Last week I chatted with Columbia University paleontologist Dennis Kent about some new work he and his colleagues published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences about the surprisingly big influence of Venus and Jupiter on the climate of Earth.