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Articles by Anna Fahey

Anna Fahey is a senior communications strategist at Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based research and communications center working on sustainable solutions for the Pacific NW.

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Brrrr, it’s freezing. So much for global warming, huh?

We heard this kind of thing a lot during the early January cold snap when everyone was talking about the polar vortex (a.k.a. the jet stream) — along with claims far more outlandish and sensationalized. And we’re hearing it again this week as temps dropped and snow blanketed the East Coast.

Global warming is a scary prospect; it’s no wonder lots of people jump at the chance to explain it away when the weather gets cold. (I’d sure like the whole big, gnarly problem to disappear in one cold snap too. But, alas.) It’s important to understand where they’re coming from and empathize, rather than villainize — perhaps excepting the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Donald Trump.

So how do we tactfully clear up the misunderstandings and advance a productive conversation about climate change?

Luckily when blizzards come with a flurry of climate science skepticism, there are scientists, science journalists, meteorologists and all kinds of experts at the ready to stand up and say: Actually … Not so fast!

Following their lead, here are some strategies for talking about climate change and cold wea... Read more

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