Climate Change Facts (NYT)

Paul Epstein writes the editor of the NY Times in response to their article, U.N. Climate Panel and Its Chief Face a Siege on Their Credibility (front page, Feb 9, 2010), critizing the efforts of the fossil-suel industry to undermine climate change discussions.

He points out the facts that stand out: the oceans are 22-times warner than they were 50 years ago; and this is causing erratic weather patterns that affect the quality of human life.

Climate change is one of the most significant environmental challenges of our time. Its impact is visible in many ways, including the erratic weather patterns that are being observed around the world. In this article, we take a closer look at the link between climate change and erratic weather, exploring the science behind the phenomenon and the impact it is having on our planet.

The Science Behind Climate Change

Before delving into the link between climate change and erratic weather, it is essential to understand the science behind climate change. Climate change refers to the long-term changes in global temperatures and weather patterns caused by human activities, including the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, and agricultural practices. These activities release greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, into the atmosphere, trapping heat and causing the Earth's temperature to rise.

The Impact of Climate Change on Weather Patterns

Climate change is having a significant impact on weather patterns worldwide, leading to more frequent and severe weather events. This includes heatwaves, droughts, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes. These weather patterns can have devastating consequences for people, wildlife, and the environment, causing destruction of property and infrastructure, loss of life, and displacement of communities.

The Connection Between Climate Change and Erratic Weather

Erratic weather patterns are a direct result of climate change. Climate change leads to an increase in extreme weather events such as heatwaves, droughts, and storms. As the Earth's temperature continues to rise, the frequency and intensity of these events are likely to increase.

The Impact of Erratic Weather on Society

Erratic weather patterns caused by climate change are having a significant impact on society. The increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events are causing damage to infrastructure, agriculture, and water supplies. This, in turn, is leading to food and water shortages and displacement of communities. Additionally, extreme weather events can cause economic disruption and significant financial losses.

What Can We Do About Climate Change?

To mitigate the effects of climate change and reduce the impact of erratic weather patterns, we must take urgent action. This includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting renewable energy sources, and adopting sustainable practices. Additionally, we must take steps to adapt to the changing climate, including investing in resilient infrastructure and creating plans to manage water and food resources during extreme weather events.


In conclusion, climate change is causing unpredictable and erratic weather conditions worldwide. The science behind climate change is well-established, and its impact on weather patterns is becoming increasingly apparent. To minimize the impact of climate change and erratic weather, we must take urgent action to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the changing climate. By doing so, we can create a more sustainable and resilient future for ourselves and future generations.

Aaron Bernstein, MD, MPH

Aaron Bernstein is the Interim Director of The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment, a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics.

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