global weirding

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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.
    • 2008 August 7, Thomas L. Friedman, “The language of global weirding”, in The Seattle Times[2], retrieved 2021-07-22:
      Remember: climate change means “global weirding,” not just global warming.


  1. ^ Thomas L. Friedman (2007-12-02), “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 (2007-12-04), “NYT 's Tom Friedman is Wrong on Global 'Weirding'”, in HuffPost[3], retrieved 2021-07-22
  • “Global Weirding: Frost Damage Casts Long Shadow”, in treehugger[4], March 3, 2008, archived from the original on 2008-09-23