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Climate Science – March 14, 2007

This is a very good article.  I strongly urge everyone to read it.  Mr. Pielke runs a great blog and I hope that this site does as much justice to this topic as his does.

The article is guest written by Hendrik Tennekes.  There are no credentials given for Mr. Tennekes but he appears to be authoritative on the issue.  I won’t be able to convey all of his material in this entry so please click on the link at the bottom and read his original article.

Global warming 55 million years ago shifted ocean currents

Breitbart.com – January 4, 2007

This article details a study regarding global warming that occurred 55 million years ago and the very dramatic and long-term changes that appeared to be caused.  It is a very interesting study that should be understood to be “theory” and not fact.  It is great reading if you want to understand what could occur if the earth’s temperature increased dramatically.

An extraordinary burst of global warming that occurred around 55 million years ago dramatically reversed Earth’s pattern of ocean currents, a finding that strengthens modern-day concern about climate change, a study says.  The big event, the Palaeocene/Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), saw the planet’s surface temperature rise by between five and eight degrees C (nine and 16.2 F) in a very short time, unleashing climate shifts that endured tens of thousands of years.

Antarctic water world uncovered

BBC News – February 15, 2007

I am constantly amazed that we discover so much about our planet almost every day.  It appears that we really don’t understand all of the influences of water, ice, wind, snow, etc. and we are constantly learning more.  This is why there may be realism to the argument that we simply do not know if the current warming trend is man-made or caused by other combinations of influences.

Warmest winter on record for Shanghai

Breitbart.com – March 2, 2007

This is a series of 2 posts that will be posted today. The two posts are polar opposites (sorry – couldn’t resist the pun). The one article will discuss how cold it is in one municipality and the other article will discuss how hot it is in another. I am doing this to prove a point – there is no conclusion to be made by looking at the local weather! A common argument by both sides is to point out these extremes. This argument is pointless. If global warming is upon us we will still have record lows. If, instead, we are in an ice age, we would still record record highs in parts of the world. Climate is bigger than the local weather of a city or state. It is longer than a day, week, or even a season. Don’t be confused by these pointless anecdotes.

Homer ready to fish, but frozen harbor won’t cooperate

Anchorage Daily News – March 16, 2007

This is a series of 2 posts that will be posted today. The two posts are polar opposites (sorry – couldn’t resist the pun). The one article will discuss how cold it is in one municipality and the other article will discuss how hot it is in another. I am doing this to prove a point – there is no conclusion to be made by looking at the local weather! A common argument by both sides is to point out these extremes. This argument is pointless. If global warming is upon us we will still have record lows. If, instead, we are in an ice age, we would still record record highs in parts of the world. Climate is bigger than the local weather of a city or state. It is longer than a day, week, or even a season. Don’t be confused by these pointless anecdotes.

Global climate efforts ‘woeful’

BBC – November 9, 2007

This is a heart wrenching article that should cause everyone to feel sad. Whether you believe that global warming is real or not or if it is caused by humans, really doesn’t matter when you read this article. It is obvious that these people are suffering due to the current weather trend in their part of the world.

Efforts to help developing nations adapt to the impacts of climate change have been called “woefully inadequate” by a UN-commissioned report.

The report, called Beyond Scarcity: Power, Poverty and the Global Water Crisis, says climate change “now poses what may be an unparalleled threat to human development”.

Politicians sign new climate pact

BBC News – February 16, 2007

This article covers an unofficial meeting where international politicians met and agreed to tackle climate change. This article has very few scientific facts but its political implications are dramatic.

Delegates agreed that developing countries would also have to meet targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, as well as rich countries.

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

The two-day meeting brought together legislators from countries including the Group of Eight rich nations, plus Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa.

US senator Joe Lieberman forecast that the US Congress would enact a law on cutting emissions by the end of next year, possibly this year.

Appalachian Mountains, Carbon Dioxide Caused Long-ago Global Cooling

Science Daily – October 26, 2006

This study by Ohio State University offers some interesting opinions that CO2 levels affect the climate of the world.  The study theorizes that the rise of the Appalachian mountains in eastern US and their subsequent weathering pulled CO2 out of the atmosphere and cause an ice house effect.

Scientists have suspected that our current ice age, which began 40 million years ago, was caused by the rise of the Himalayas. This new study links a much earlier major ice age –one that occurred during the Ordovician period — to the uplift of the early Appalachians.

Warning to homeowners as the green vision is unveiled

Daily Mail – March 14, 2007

This article dictates how the UK is trying to become a “green” economy and every home in the UK should be ‘carbon neutral’ within 10 years.  This is a very significant development that will obviously cost the UK a huge amount of money.

Homeowners who refuse to make their properties energy efficient will face financial penalties under drastic government plans to transform Britain into the world’s first ‘green’ economy.

They compared the scale of change that was necessary to reduce emissions by 60 per cent by 2050 to the industrial revolution of the 18th century.

Gore And Global Warming: Bring Your Skepticism

The Bulletin – February 28, 2007

This is a great article. The article discusses other potential causes of global warming than human action. It also takes a fairly cynical look at the politics of the money involved. If you have an open mind on global warming issues, this article is well worth your time.

Beyond the natural carbon cycle and greenhouse warming, there are some other serious causal explanations for global warming. Among the suspects are, of all things, the sun and its fellow stars.