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Politicians sign new climate pact

BBC News – February 16, 2007

This article discusses a new tentative non-binding deal to reduce carbon dioxide and trade surpluses. The politicians in this article conclude that the world has reached a “tipping point” and action must proceed swiftly. They call on the world leaders to replace the Kyoto treaty with an updated version.

The forum’s closing statement said man-made climate change was now “beyond doubt”.


They said they wanted a successor to the Kyoto Protocol – which expires in 2012 – in place by 2009.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6364663.stm

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Cleveland’s weather wizards downplay global warming

The Plain Dealer – February 16, 2007

This is a great article about 5 weathermen in Cleveland, OH that were on a panel. They don’t say that global warming is real or not but they do say that they are skeptical. They all appear to agree that there is no scientific basis for concluding that global warming is real or that it is man-made.

… they’re skeptical, and they don’t believe that it’s necessarily our fault or that we should panic over it.

They cautioned listeners not to put too much stock in what they said was an insufficient history of warming.

Nolan, meteorologist at WKYC Channel 3. “I’m not sure which is more arrogant for humans: to say we caused it or to say we’re going to fix it.”

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At a glance: IPCC report

BBC News – February 2, 2007

Summary of IPCC findings.

Global climate change is “very likely” to have been human-induced, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has concluded.

KEY FINDINGS

* It is very likely that human activities are causing global warming

* Probable temperature rise by the end of the century will be between 1.8C and 4C (3.2-7.2F)

* Possible temperature rise by the end of the century ranges between 1.1C and 6.4C (2-11.5F)

* Sea levels are likely to rise by 28-43cm

* Arctic summer sea ice is likely to disappear in second half of century

* It is very likely that parts of the world will see an increase in the number of heatwaves

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Warming to spread disease, hunger in South Asia: WHO

Reuters – February 15, 2007

This is a very disturbing article about what happens if the global warming threat occurs. Massive disease outbreak and many deaths.

But the WHO’s environmental health adviser for South Asia, Alex
Hildebrand, said little attention had been paid to the impact rising
temperatures would have on the health of the region’s 1.4 billion
people.

“Diseases like malaria, Japanese encephalitis, tick-borne diseases
and dengue fever will definitely thrive in warmer climates,” he said.

South Asia gets around 20 million cases of malaria every year.

Greater frequency of droughts and heatwaves will not only adversely
affect crops but will also punish those who live with a scarcity of
water and push up rates of respiratory illness.

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Duke to press for emissions cap

Charlotte Business Journal – January 19, 2007

This article discusses what several companies are doing to “get green”. The big question here is if they are doing this because they believe in global warming or are they doing this because they think it is good for business.

Duke Energy Corp. is seeking a federal cap on carbon-dioxide emissions at the same time the company is pushing for state approval to build two coal plants at its Cliffside facility in North Carolina.

Ten major companies, including Charlotte-based Duke (NYSE:DUK), are partnering with environmental groups to call for a nationwide limit on carbon-dioxide emissions that would lead to reductions of 10 to 30 percent over the next 15 years, according to The New York Times.

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An experiment that hints we are wrong on climate change

Times Online February 11,2007

This is an interesting article that says that we don’t truly understand the Global Warming phenomenon. The science in this article is very interesting, especially the following parts:

But did anyone tell you that in east Antarctica the Adélie penguins and Cape petrels are turning up at their spring nesting sites around nine days later than they did 50 years ago? While sea-ice has diminished in the Arctic since 1978, it has grown by 8% in the Southern Ocean

So one awkward question you can ask, when you’re forking out those extra taxes for climate change, is “Why is east Antarctica getting colder?” It makes no sense at all if carbon dioxide is driving global warming.

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Antarctic temperatures disagree with climate model predictions

Ohio State University – February 15, 2007

This is an extremely strong article that basically says the models that some scientists are using to predict doom and gloom are not complete or not correct. Interesting that this report comes out only days after IPCC report gave a 90% chance that humans are causing global warming.

I don’t understand how he can say that the models are not exact and then the global population is supposed to take these same models, assume the sky is falling, and spend billions of dollars trying to correct it.

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How do we know that recent CO2 increases are due to human activities?

RealClimate – December 22, 2004

This is a very good article that answers the basic scientific question of how we know the source of excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The simple testing is very similar to the way that archeologists can find the age of ancient ruins – they do carbon testing. Since the carbon in fossil fuels has depleted its supply of C14, and the volume of CO2 in the atomosphere is increasing in non-C14 amounts, we can assume that it did not come from recent sources.

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Marx Would Have Loved Kyoto

Investor’s Business Daily – February 12. 2007

This is a very powerful article (opinion) that says that there is no reason for nations to spend huge amounts of money on global warming.  It quotes Canada’s leader (who is struggling to make environmental commitments) as saying it is actually a socialistic scheme of wealth redistribution.

Canada’s new leader is taking heat over an old letter saying Kyoto was a “socialist scheme” to redistribute wealth on a global scale.

Harper described the Kyoto Protocol as “a socialist scheme to suck money out of wealth-producing nations.” He voiced his support for the “campaign to block the job-killing, economy-destroying Kyoto accord,” an agreement he said was “based on tentative and contradictory scientific evidence about climate trends.”

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Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

Petition Project – January 1998

This article is states that the effects of CO2 on the climate are negligible if they exist at all. It contends that CO2 levels are definitely increasing but that their effect does not compare to other factors including random climate variation and the influence of the sun.

This petition project was created so that scientists could express their concern regarding the conclusions of the Kyoto agreements. It was supposedly “signed” by 17,000 scientists that questioned the conclusion of the politicians and scientists that gathered at Kyoto.

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