dealing with global warming, can I put out that "the global warming/ or global warming is under way?" Thanks for your answer.

  • Depending on your perspective, it could be seen as slightly "weaselly" phrasing. As with, say, The yeti is / Yetis are under threat of extinction, the strong implication is that yetis (or global warming) do in fact exist (regardless of whether they're under threat, underway, or whatever). Jan 18 '17 at 17:03
  • @FumbleFingers - I think the question is about the correct use of "underway" not on the merit of being true or not.
    – user5267
    Jan 18 '17 at 20:16

Yes, underway means:

  • Already commenced or initiated; in progress.


From Early Warning Signs of Global Warming:

  • Compelling new evidence demonstrates that global warming is already under way with consequences that must be faced today as well as tomorrow

From The Guardian:

  • A 23-year experiment finds surprising global warming impacts already underway. Some ecosystems are absorbing less carbon, which could ...

From Global Warming Information Center Fact Sheet

  • Contrary to numerous press reports, there has never been a group of 2,500 scientists claiming that human-induced global warming is underway.

From Cimate Hot Map:

  • The impacts of global warming are already underway and far reaching. Explore how global warming is impacting people, oceans, freshwater, ecosystem
  • So you would say that global warming has been initiated? Is global warming being carried out or put into effect? Jan 18 '17 at 16:01

Actually, underway is not an ideal word choice there, IMO, but you could get away with using it.

A ship between London and New York may be underway, which means that it has begun its journey and is en route to its destination. A process may be underway, that is, it has been started and is on its way to completion.

But something like global warming, which is a byproduct of our consumption of fuels, is unlike a process intentionally begun, not like a journey intentionally embarked upon.

It would be better to say that global warming is happening now.

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    Can you provide one, I mean just one, reliable source to support your answer?
    – user5267
    Jan 18 '17 at 16:08
  • Would you say The lava flow is underway? You might, and many people might, but I wouldn't. underway is often (mis)used as if it were a synonym for happening now, in situations which lack the sense of that which is intentionally initiated. Jan 18 '17 at 16:18
  • An eruption can be said to be "underway", I don't know whether it is intentional or not. bigthink.com/eruptions/…
    – user5267
    Jan 18 '17 at 16:22
  • Ruling out out Vulcan's involvement, a volcanic eruption is not intentional. Jan 18 '17 at 18:38
  • I agree with TRomano -- I, personally, wouldn't say global warming is "underway". It conveys the wrong image. But if someone else said it I wouldn't argue with their interpretation.
    – Andrew
    Jan 19 '17 at 1:24

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