Do Mild Days Fuel Climate Change Skepticism?

Could pleasant weather encourage climate skepticism? The Guardian examines a recent study of areas that will see milder days with climate change.

A recent study by American scientists examined an often-overlooked side of climate change — the parts of the world that will enjoy milder weather with climate change.

The study, published in the journal Climatic Change, found that areas like Britain, northern Europe and North America will experience more days of mild, pleasant weather with low humidity and little rain. As Jeremy Plester reports for The Guardian, parts of southern England, for example, will experience an extra 10 to 15 days of mild weather a year by the end of the century.

Plester warns that an increasing number of mild days could fuel skepticism of climate change, arguing, “[a]fter all, what’s all the fuss about rising temperatures if things feel fine in your own backyard?” If individual opinions on climate change are likely to be swayed by local conditions, then, Plester suggests that climate arguments should similarly look local, and be tailored to specific regions of the world.

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