Is global warming lowering our "cold tolerance"?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Is global warming lowering our tolerance to cold?
    Yes! : (1 votes)
    2 %
    No way! : (24 votes)
    56 %
    It's possible, I haven't thought too much about it : (11 votes)
    26 %
    Other (please explain) : (7 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I don’t think the coldest temperatures seen in the winter have really changed here.  Global warming doesn’t mean an increase in the temperatures seen everywhere, all the time.

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think places that are typically warmer are getting more cold air than usual. So the people who have always lived there are cold.

    I grew up in Cleveland – it was always snowy and cold. We never got snow days. We knew how to deal with cold and snow. I now live outside of DC. It was 9 last week and my district closed school because of the severe cold. Is 9 cold for here in DC? Yes. Is it cold to me, a Clevelander? NO.

    So it’s not lowering our tolerance to cold. But people who’ve never dealt with cold before are getting the cold and have no idea what to do with it. See San Antonio recently.

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

    Growing up in Southern California, I’m not even sure if I was bred with a cold tolerance at all. 

    Post # 8
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 1999

    It is literally -45 with the wind chill where I am today, I don’t think my tolerance is lower I just think it is ridiculously cold out.

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee

    I don’t think so.  Personally, my own tolerance changed dramatically after living abroad (from Toronto to Nice to Madrid), and after I lost a significant amount of weight.  Now that I’ve been home for a few years though, my tolerance is going back up again.  But it’s still way too cold here! 😛

    Post # 10
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I find it funny how people say global “warming”. It’s global climate change. The temperature isn’t neccessarily getting warming. Actually, in some areas it’s getting colder because the gulf stream (currents) is changing. Hence why parts of the U.S. have been having crazy cold weather.

    So no, it’s not changing our cold tolerance.

     

    Also, our planet goes through cycles. This isn’t a new process. It’s just sped up a bit because of human impacts.

     

    Post # 11
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I don’t think that arguement makes sense. If people were having their normal winter temperatures and all of a sudden were unable to tolerate them, then one could say their tolerance had changed.

    But they are not having their normal winter temperatures. They are having record low temperatures. We do not have experience with these temperatures to have developed  tolerance.

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    This is the coldest winter I’ve ever experienced, it’s just about noon and our feels like is up to -25 which is an improvement over the -39 it was when I woke up. I work for a university and prior to this I only ever experienced one closure that went into effect at 4:00PM because we got 17 inches of snow. We’ve been closed for the last day and a half now because it simply isn’t safe to be outside and our large campus requires lots of outdoor walking. I have some crazy good winter gear because I walk to work and even I was getting cold after being outside for about 10 minutes last night. I think global warming is a bit of a misnomer in that confuses the laypeople if everyone called it climate change I think we’d all agree that the climate has been acting differently from the past over the last several years.

    Post # 14
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    2878 posts
    Sugar bee

    @jb20:  Today is -35 C outside and it’s been like that all week. I don’t see warming and I don’t see cold intolerence, I just see : cold. Want to stay home in my pajamas.

    I also don’t believe in ”global warming”. Scientists and historians have studied climate variations at times where populations were not as numerous and certainly not industrialized. It goes by cycles. I can totally admit our current lifestyles can have impacts on the environment, but I doubt it influences the planet’s natural cycles. 

    Post # 15
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @jb20:  I guess we will have to wait and see if we get cold like this on a regular basis, then see if our tolerance increases.

    There are people who live in climates where they do get regular cold weather and they don’t put their lives on hold over the winter. They do dress differently, have block heaters for their vehicles etc.

    Post # 16
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    @julies1949:  That’s how it is here when it’s cold.

    People aren’t hanging outside just to get outdoors, but life goes on.  If I can stay home I do, if some people get the opportunity to work at home on occassion they will take it.  Schools don’t close, workplaces don’t shut down.

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