A poll due for release on Wednesday shows that a large majority of Americans believe that this year’s unusually warm winter, last year’s blistering summer and some other weather disasters were probably made worse by global warming (...) Read together, the polls suggest that direct experience of erratic weather may be convincing some people that the problem is no longer just a vague and distant threat.
According to the NYT, "science is hesitant to link some of the recent weather extremes to global warming - but the public, it seems, is already there". Later in the article, concerning the public interpretation of the Mississippi floods etc, the NYT attests the public to be in accordance with science in relating these events to global warming. But despite the problem of scientific differentiations, of polls and of political rhetoric, the article comes to another conclusion:
“My sense from around the country and the world is that people definitely understand that things are getting freaky,” said William E. McKibben, the founder of 350.org. “During that crazy heat wave in March, everyone in Chicago was out enjoying the weather, but in the back of their mind they were thinking, this is not right.”In my understanding, this quote in context with the poll sheds light on climate change as a cultural reality: climate is no longer hidden in a "black box", and it won't be possible to push it back inside anymore. Climate change is already part of our weather experiences, independently of the rhetorics and differentiations of politicians or scientists.