Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg takes part in a rally in Brussels. The “Greta effect” has spawned a generation of uncompromising climate warriors inspired by her. That’s one of many new words and phrases climate change has ushered in. Photo: Reuters Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg takes part in a rally in Brussels. The “Greta effect” has spawned a generation of uncompromising climate warriors inspired by her. That’s one of many new words and phrases climate change has ushered in. Photo: Reuters
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg takes part in a rally in Brussels. The “Greta effect” has spawned a generation of uncompromising climate warriors inspired by her. That’s one of many new words and phrases climate change has ushered in. Photo: Reuters

Carbon budgets, wet-bulb temperature, the Greta effect – climate change has spawned a new vocabulary

  • A lot of new words are needed to grasp the full impact of climate change – tipping points, urban heat islands and flight shaming are fairly easy to understand
  • Then there are terms like albedo, to do with white surfaces and reflection, pyrocumulonimbus – clouds formed by wildfires – and permafrost (don’t go there)

Topic |   Climate change
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg takes part in a rally in Brussels. The “Greta effect” has spawned a generation of uncompromising climate warriors inspired by her. That’s one of many new words and phrases climate change has ushered in. Photo: Reuters Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg takes part in a rally in Brussels. The “Greta effect” has spawned a generation of uncompromising climate warriors inspired by her. That’s one of many new words and phrases climate change has ushered in. Photo: Reuters
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg takes part in a rally in Brussels. The “Greta effect” has spawned a generation of uncompromising climate warriors inspired by her. That’s one of many new words and phrases climate change has ushered in. Photo: Reuters
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