Simplistic explanations of climate related issues
Posted by Ari Jokimäki on February 1, 2013
There’s a page that lists texts written by people trying to describe complex scientific issues by using only the thousand most used words in English language. To go with this, there’s an online editor that warns you if you have used a word outside of the thousand most used words. The Way Things Break had a good go at this.
There, and I also seen it mentioned in private communication, it was said that this is a bad communications tool. It is that. The things explained with only 1000 words are sometimes hard to read and understand because descriptions have to take quite strange routes to explain things. But I don’t think the point of this excercise is to provide a good communications tool. I think it’s a good way to get you thinking how to describe things in a more simple manner, but most importantly, I think it’s just fun word game.
So, I did a couple of short ones with the editor. Here’s the first:
Some type of light can be seen and some type of light can not be seen. In this rock ball where we live, air does not let all types of light go through. Light that can be seen goes through the air well but some of the light that can not be seen does not go through the air that well.
Light that can be seen from the sun goes through the air and hits the ground, which warms and sends warm type of light, which can not be seen, to the air. Air does not let all the warm type light through. Air stops some of it and sends it again to all directions, so some of it also goes back to ground. That makes ground warm even more.
And the second one:
This word I can not write here tells the mean situation of the air around you. It tells how warm it has been as 30 year mean, so short time changes are not what this word is about. It also tells how much rain there has been during long time. White soft looking things in the sky can change how warm or how much rain there is in the air around you. Another important thing for that is the sun. Also how the air and water go around in the world can change the situation with the air around you. There are also some other things that can cause changes to the air situation, such as small matter pieces in the air, different types of air that stop some types of light, and high rock things that send fire and hot rocks to the sky with loud sound.