“Words are always reduced,” he said, pointing to discussions at COP26, a United Nations climate conference. Changing language about climate change can be harmful, he said. For example, using the phrase “diminishing coal” instead of “eliminating coal” dilutes the meaning and intensity of conversation about coal’s effects on the environment.
“Our future depends on making the right decisions,” said Daniel Blumstein, a professor at UCLA’s Institute for Environment and Sustainability. He added that the goal should be to eliminate as many carbon-generating energy sources as possible and replace them with carbon-free ones. “While there may be a transition that requires some carbon-intensive energy sources,” Blumstein said, “the word ‘out’ implies a future in which coal plays no significant role, in which the word ‘down’ implies we just want to reduce it a bit.”
When people say that humans are potentially responsible for climate change, “that’s different than saying it’s our fault,” Nye said. The terms “climate change” and “global warming” are just two sides of the same coin, he said. And while the conversation about the warming planet can be daunting, Nye believes “everyone should be worried about climate change.”
Phrase “clean coal,” can be confusing and polarizing, for example. The term was popularized by coal industry groups in 2008, commonly understood to refer to coal plants that capture carbon dioxide emitted from chimneys and bury it underground in an effort to limit global warming. . It’s important to note that regardless of the plant’s technology, coal mining is a highly polluting activity that often damages streams and other waterways.
“Global warming” has been gradually replaced in many cases by “climate change,” said Deborah Tannen, professor of linguistics at Georgetown University. One downside to the phrase “global warming” is that it can be interpreted as just increasing temperatures, so the other catastrophic effects seem unrelated, Tannen said. Climate scientist and Harvard professor Marianna Linz said: “Global warming” acknowledges the general trend of warmer temperatures, but it largely ignores local effects, which are already experienced when changing at the extremes. Those extremes can include heat, but they can also be droughts, floods, or tornadoes.
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