That headline is a newspaper article quote from NASA JPL’s resident climatologist Bill Patzert.
However, given how badly writer “Beige Luciano-Adams” has botched the rest of the article Patzert is featured in, I suspect it is a misquote. Patzert can’t really be claiming the Earth is flat.
From San Gabriel Valley News, more channeling of Krugman’s nonsense:
Here’s the relevant quotes from Patzert:
“I’m a big global warming person, and I think climate change in the next century will be the largest determinant of human civilization,” he said.
“(But) this is not global warming, not yet. It definitely will be in the next century. The change in global temperatures has been about one degree over the last century,” he said, adding, “We’ve had some pretty extreme weather here, but not unprecedented droughts and floods.”
While Patzert acknowledges floods and fires in Australia, droughts in China and Russia’s droughts and heat wave precipitated the recent wheat crisis, he calls them “definitely extreme, but not record-breaking or unprecedented.”
“Krugman had some good points…The only thing I would say is it’s a preview of coming attractions not a first taste yet,” he said.
Patzert blames overpopulation and supply and demand in a flat economy for interfering with our capacity to cope with “not unprecedented” extreme weather. The main problem, he said, is that the earth is “hot, flat and crowded.”
h/t to WUWT reader and surfacestations volunteer Juan Slayton