Weird Stuff Blamed on Climate Change

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Climate Change

Climate change is a problem. The greenhouse effect has been scientific fact for a long time, and the first serious attempt to understand how carbon dioxide affects global temperature was made by Svante Arrhenius in 1896. Since then, we have come a long way in our knowledge of climatology, yet we keep pumping more CO2 into the atmosphere. If we don't curb this trend, we can expect a rise in sea level, ocean acidification, coral bleaching (see photo), species extinctions, disruptions in food and water supplies, and an increase in tropical infectious diseases, such as malaria.

The debate in the scientific community does not center around if global temperatures are increasing but to what extent -- a concept called "radiative forcing." Put simply, this is a huge unknown. For example, clouds, some of which warm the planet and some of which cool it, remain one of the biggest mysteries. A "known unknown," if you will.

Given the implications, climate change is a serious enough issue that activists and the media really don't need to make things up about it. Yet, many do just that, in a misguided attempt to draw more attention to the problem. Making silly, outlandish claims only serves to undermine the credibility of climate science, and it damages the prospect that governments will take action.

The following is a list of the weirdest things blamed on climate change.

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

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