global weirding

From Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search





A play on global warming, popularized by Thomas Friedman.[1]



global weirding (uncountable)

  1. The belief that climate change causes or will cause various weather-related extremes, including both hot and cold weather, to become more intense.
    • 2002 November 7, Anne Raver, “Bananas in the Backyard”, in The New York Times[2], →ISSN:
      You may see the highest zone numbers (14 or 15) on the label of that tropical banana plant you bought. Global weirding or no, if you live anywhere other than South Florida, you're still going to have to put it in your glass conservatory for the winter.
    • 2008 August 7, Thomas L. Friedman, “The language of global weirding”, in The Seattle Times[3], retrieved 2021-07-22:
      Remember: climate change means “global weirding,” not just global warming.


  1. ^ Thomas L. Friedman (2007 December 2) “The People We Have Been Waiting For”, in New York Times[1]:
    I prefer the term “global weirding,” coined by Hunter Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, because the rise in average global temperature is going to lead to all sorts of crazy things — from hotter heat spells and droughts in some places, to colder cold spells and more violent storms, more intense flooding, forest fires and species loss in other places.
  • Joseph Romm (2007 December 4) “NYT 's Tom Friedman is Wrong on Global 'Weirding'”, in HuffPost[4], retrieved 2021-07-22
  • “Global Weirding: Frost Damage Casts Long Shadow”, in treehugger[5], 2008 March 3, archived from the original on 2008-09-23