Consider the algebra of climate change

Updated 11/8/2019 3:39 PM

Was anyone else intrigued by the recent Daily Herald headline, "South Pole's ozone hole shrinks to smallest level?"

Here's what intrigued and fascinated me in the article. " ... it was more due to freakish Antarctic weather than efforts to cut down on pollution, NASA reported ... The ban (of the chlorine compounds used in refrigerants and aerosols) resulted in a slightly smaller ozone hole in recent years, but this year's dramatic shrinking isn't from those efforts." So, after all the rules, regulations, laws and fines that we humans came up with over the last 30 years to rid the planet of this catastrophic hole in the ozone layer, the greatest accomplishment in that task had nothing to do with humans and our efforts.


What also intrigued and fascinated me is the fact that this AP-written article never describes the "freakish Antarctic weather" or what caused the freakish weather. Whenever there is freakish weather, the mainstream media usually blames it on climate change. Now, the Transitive Property of Equality in Mathematics goes something like this: If "A" is equal to "B" and "B" is equal to "C," then "A" is equal to "C." So, if climate change causes freakish weather and freakish weather causes the ozone hole to shrink, then that should mean that climate change is making the ozone hole shrink. Maybe that's why the cause of the freakish Antarctic weather was never reported?

Just throwing that one out there.

Mike Goba


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