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Scientists unite to push Bush on climate

The Times – February 20, 2007

This article details how the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has called upon President Bush to recognize that the world is getting warmer, it is the fault of humans, and we need to have proactive efforts put forth to reverse the trend. Their statement is primarily a reaffirmation of the IPCC statement made earlier.

It is the first time that the AAAS, which represents 262 societies and scientific academies, has published a statement of consensus on climate change.

The scientific evidence is clear: global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and it is a growing threat to society.

Global warming is making us sick

That’s fit – February 26, 2007

This blog offers an interesting conclusion. Not sure if the facts support the case that global warming is the cause for disease and infestation propagation to new areas of the world. The global temperature has only increased .6 deg C in the past 100 years and has been pretty constant (if not slightly down) in the last 10 or so. Seems like there may be a different cause for this change.

The original article is behind a password, so I will only link to the blog and you can choose to follow this or not. The original link is in the body of the quoted blog article.

Experts question theory on global warming

New Delhi – February 11, 2007

This is an interesting article which does not rebut the theories on global warming or the melting of glaciers. It simply says that more research is needed. I find it interesting that, according to this article, less than 1% of the Indian glaciers have been studied and yet some people believe that the question of global warming has already been answered.

Nearly 200 years data has shown that nothing abnormal has occurred in any of these glaciers.The issue of glacial retreat is being sensationalised by a few individuals

debunked the theory that Gangotri glacier is retreating alarmingly

recent studies in the Gangotri and Zanskar areas (Drung- Drung, Kagriz glaciers) have not shown any evidence of major retreat.

Cold, hard science

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review – February 11, 2007

This is a great opinion column! It is a must read for anyone that still questions that humans are the cause of global warming. It is written as a 2 way conversation and I have had this exact conversation a dozen times. If you read the my dedication page you will find that I say almost this exact argument. As always, here are some excerpts but please click on the link below.

…the exact cause of the warming has not yet been proven. That is the unfortunate truth.Scientists are supposed to follow the scientific method. They come up with a hypothesis, then apply a rigorous, objective, measurable process to either prove or disprove it.

HISTORY!! (Getting Back To What It Sort Of Used To Be)

Climate Science – February 8, 2007

This a very powerful article/blog entry and should be a must read for anyone that still has an open mind to global warming. It was written by Dr. Reid Bryson.

Dr.Bryson’s claim is that we are not in a human made global warming trend. If the globe is getting warmer, he argues it is because this is part of regular cycle of warming and that we are emerging from a cold trend in the climate. He references some historical examples to make his point and the statements are quite thought provoking. He theorizes that this change in climate is due to Milankovitch variations in solar radiation. If his observations are correct then we are emerging from an ice age and have just reached a common minimum for temperature. The model he shows suggests that we will have another .3 deg C increase in the next hundred years or so before we arrive at the historical peaks of the last 2500 years.

Global Warming

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This site wouldn’t be complete without an encyclopedia entry!

Global Warming, increase in the average temperature of the atmosphere, oceans, and landmasses of Earth. The planet has warmed (and cooled) many times during the 4.65 billion years of its history. At present Earth appears to be facing a rapid warming, which most scientists believe results, at least in part, from human activities. The chief cause of this warming is thought to be the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas, which releases into the atmosphere carbon dioxide and other substances known as greenhouse gases. As the atmosphere becomes richer in these gases, it becomes a better insulator, retaining more of the heat provided to the planet by the Sun.

Senators to Watch on Global Warming

Environmental Defense – January 23, 2007

This is a listing of the most influential US Senators on climate policy, according to the EDF. The big question is: Do they read this blog so that they are adequately informed on both sides of the issues? Follow the link below if you don’t know who these people are but I will only list them here.

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Senator Tom Carper (D-DE)
Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM)
Senator James Inhofe (R-OK)
Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT)
Senator John McCain (R-AZ)
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Senator John Warner (R-VA)

Read about the list of Senators here.

Inuit Take Complaints to Washington

Celsias – February 12, 2007

This blog entry gives relevant news on the current plight of the Inuit regarding the potential destruction of their way of life by global warming. There is little science in this blog but an interesting spin on the events.

The Inuit, however, are not going to wait for politicians to come to them – but will bring the arctic to the politicians instead.

The Inuit have been jumping legal hurdles for a while now. Not only is global warming moving twice as fast in the arctic than it is in other parts of the world, but the intimacy between the Inuit and their natural surroundings means any changes has a direct and dramatic effect on their ability to continue their traditional way of life.

Expert disputes storms’ link to global warming

The Sun News – February 23, 2007

This is a very informative article that discusses the connection of hurricane frequency and strength to the warming of the climate. The most telling point of this article is that it is obvious that Chris Landsea of the National Hurrican Center does not believe that the two are linked (or at the very least the link is tenuous).

…perception [that global warming is causing increase in hurricanes] is wrong and the statistics don’t bear it out, Landsea told about 200 students and professors

“It’s not a trend, it’s a cycle: 20-45 years quiet, 20-45 years busy,” Landsea said. Scientists currently have no idea what causes the time period.

Building a ‘new energy’ work force: Industry, education leaders partner for training as need for skilled workers may rise

TMC Net – February 24, 2007

This is an article that discusses one of the benefits of the efforts to stop human causes of global warming. If we find that humans cause global warming (as some believe to be true), an entire new set of industries will be born. This article calls this the “new energy work force.”

While I am all in favor of new jobs being created and I am definitely in favor of developing alternative ways to produce and control energy, I often wonder if this is a symptom of the true reason for this conversation. Many people hold that global agreements such as Kyoto are simply ways to divert wealth to less fortunate parts of the world. They also hold that many industry leaders are pushing the global warming agenda just to sell themselves and their companies. Politicians are also lumped into this bucket at times (Al Gore being the one that most would recognize).