Carbon budgets, wet-bulb temperature, the Greta effect – climate change has spawned a new vocabulary

One of the annoying things about global warming – besides the likelihood it will ravage life on earth – is all the new words we are expected to learn to track our descent into climate chaos.Rising temperatures have not only boosted the intensity or frequency of major storms and heatwaves, they have spawned rare or novel weather phenomena, accompanied by new more-or-less scientific names.“Firenados”, for example, occur when searing heat and turbulent winds rise above out-of-control forest fires…


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