It was more than a century ago that Mark Twain, in a lecture, used the line, “Everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it,” and today representatives from 200 countries start a two-week meeting in Doha, Qatar --- still talking about the weather (updated to climate change), notes Grumpy Editor.
Look for a number of stories from the conference over the next two weeks.
Seems many still remain fuzzy about meteorological conditions as well as the true source of that weather quote (originally in a Hartford Courant editorial written by Charles Dudley Warner, a friend of Twain).
Heat-trapping gases, fossil fuels such as coal and oil, plus other emissions are slated to be discussed.
Many feel the world is warming and see the change resulting in flooding of coastal communities and flat islands, disruptions in agriculture, spread of diseases and extinction of species.
But others maintain weather is always changing: drought months followed by downpours, cold days followed by warm periods.
A recent World Bank projection cites temperatures are on track to increase by up to four degrees this century, compared with pre-industrial times. Other observers feel that number is overblown.