So gradual changes in climate are eclipsed by our short-term responses to the weather, which fluctuates every day. We also adapt to long-term changes, so they are harder to notice: you’ll immediately jump out of a scalding hot bath, while if you get into a lukewarm one and keep adding hot water, you might not even realise when it’s verging on dangerous (if you ignore the rising water levels and rubber ducks in distress). Let that be a warning to the climate sceptics.
Photo credit: Extreme weather: Storm Barney approaching London at sundown last week with more than 40mph winds. Photograph: Guy Corbishley/Corbis
This article was first published on the Guardian website as part of the