Add it to your daily vocabulary, hash-tag it, say it loud and get it stuck in everyone’s heads: “systematic causation”. We need to start talking clearly if we’re going to fix this.

“Global warming systemically caused the huge and ferocious Hurricane Sandy. And consequently, it systemically caused all the loss of life, material damage, and economic loss of Hurricane Sandy. Global warming heated the water of the Gulf and Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, resulting in greatly increased energy and water vapor in the air above the water. When that happens, extremely energetic and wet storms occur more frequently and ferociously. These systemic effects of global warming came together to produce the ferocity and magnitude of Hurricane Sandy.”

Read more on the UC Berkeley Blog:
Global warming systemically caused Hurricane Sandy
by George Lakoff, professor of linguistics

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