L.S. Gardiner's blog

What’s the New Climate Normal?

In the scientific sense, climate normal is the average of the past 30 years of data about temperature, precipitation and other aspects of weather. Climate is what’s normal, what’s typical, what you’d expect. Yet, we now have a new normal for climate. If you average the past 30 years of temperature data you will have a higher number of degrees than if you average an earlier 30 years of data. Climate is changing, which means normal is changing, at least in the scientific sense. We have a new baseline.

Record Breaking Planet

Records set during the Olympics by fast swimmers and runners and all sorts of other athletes were exciting. They made people jump out of seats in living rooms around the world and cheer. But records set by our planet are another story. Those make me uneasy.