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The Invasion of the Present Tense





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If you are one of those people who eagerly digest every new scientific report about global climate change, read no farther. If you are one of the other 99.99% of Americans, read on. You may have missed a disturbing development in the march of global warming, revealed in science’s use of the English language.

Not long ago, most climate scientists stuck to the future tense when they talked about the impacts of global warming. Now, they are using the present tense – and using it more and more often. Not long ago, the damages they talked about involved Greenland and the glaciers and the Polar ice caps. Now, they tell us the damages have arrived in the United States.


In other words, climate change isn’t just a problem for our kids anymore. It’s here and now and getting personal.


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