15January

The Climateers!

Category Cartoons

Contrary to popular belief, global warming did not end because of the Polar Vortex.  If all you did was watch mainstream cable news, you'd think the entire world was covered with snow and freezing.  While it's made for some great icy news footage, the media have portrayed a pretty United States-centric view of the world.  Actually, it's a half-the-United States-centric view of the world.  California, for example, is in drought conditions and there are forest fires happening in normally snow covered and rain-soaked mountains!
It's so tempting to base your entire world view of climate change on local, or even national, weather conditions, but we should really leave that determination up to the scientists.  They're smart, they've studied this stuff for years and a huge, gigantic and vaster than vast majority of them agree that the extreme climate change we're experiencing is our own damn fault.  End of story.
 
The best term I've heard that is much more fitting than "global warming" is "global weirding."  That term more accurately describes the weird weather conditions we are and will continue to experience.  Changes in weather will do much more than delay flights, they will most likely change the course of, um, civilization.  That's how The Climateers came about-- a fun-loving bunch of misfits and sometimes killers out to change the world.  I hope you enjoy the cartoon, if you share it far and wide I will be eternally grateful.  And as usual, you can find more links to stories behind this cartoon on my website.

Comments (3)

  • MsFicwriter

    MsFicwriter

    16 January 2014 at 19:05 |
    Dear Mr. Fiore:

    I would love to see at least one more episode of "The Climateers." You invented Snuggles the Security Bear, Knuckles, Little Suzy Newsykins, and Dogboy and Mr. Dan. Why not add these "weirdos" to the mix? :)
  • petkov

    petkov

    19 January 2014 at 05:34 |
    you are preaching to the converted brother. I live in Southern California and we had 85 in Long Beach today! if that is normal, im the eastern bunny.
  • Paul

    Paul

    23 January 2014 at 10:56 |
    It's much less confusing than it seems at first. The Arctic has been warming much faster than the rest of the planet, which weakens the jet stream in the northern hemisphere, which makes it erratic and wobbling all over the place. Therefore we have crazy weather. It's not difficult to explain. http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/arctic-sea-ice-loss-tied-to-unusual-jet-stream-patterns

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