Why cold weather doesn’t mean climate change is fake

The Extinction Chronicles

A pedestrian walks across the street in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania January 20 after a major winter storm brought some of the coldest temperatures of the season and covered a

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PHOTOGRAPH BY BUTCH COMEGYS, THE TIMES-TRIBUNE VIA AP

Weather and climate aren’t the same thing, meaning you can expect harsher winters in a warming world.

A record-breaking cold snap is relentlessly descending on parts of the U.S. this month. It spawned from a split polar vortex that sent cold, Arctic air across the continent.

In a time when climate change is discussed in the context of record highs, droughts, and wildfires, cold weather and blizzards can seem out of place. For those who deny that climate change is happening, it’s an opportunity to undermine scientific consensus.

How do you explain a cold winter in a world that scientists say is…

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