Post # 1
Ok bees, I was reading my local news online and naturally, with these record setting winter storms and cold fronts, people are discussing global warming. I saw one person who pretty proactively insisted that “global warming is lowering our tolerance to the cold”. They posted an article about it, but I went back and tried to find it and couldn’t. I’m not sure if they deleted their comment or what, but I also tried to google it and couldn’t find it (ok, ok, I didn’t dig that hard on google). At any rate, I thought this might be an interesting discussion topic.
What do you think bees?
Post # 3
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
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.
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Post # 6
@AB Bride: I know but in my area we have seen the coldest temperatures in like 90 years and people like to lay blame, lol.
@Glasgowbound: That makes sense. From what I understand, there are southern states getting colder temperatures and snow and they literally don’t know what to do with it. Up here we all bundle up, dig the car out, and keep moving lol.
I just thought this perspective was…Interesting. Not correct necessarily. I don’t know enough about global warming to know if this statement is true or not. I’m guessing it doesn’t have a lot of truth to it. But I also know that any kids in my area born in the last 5 years haven’t seen this kind of snow and cold ever.
Post # 7
- 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
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
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
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
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
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 # 13
So I guess this post begs the question: will our tolerance to cold go up over time? I am seeing that a lot more people are out and about during this cold front as opposed to the last one.
Post # 14
@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
@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
@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.