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The Real ‘Inconvenient Truth’

JunkScience.com – April 21, 2006

This is a very long article that has quite a few good points in it.  The article is a series of questions and answers on the subject.  The author’s goals were to try and put some simple facts behind many of the myths and rumors regarding weather and the things that influence the weather.

This article should be standard reading for anyone that is interested in the details behind global warming.

Only the structure constraining internal-external convection will function as an effective greenhouse. Greenhouse gases categorically do not inhibit convective activity and so are not like a physical greenhouse.

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Nations launch polar climate study

CNN – February 28, 2007

This is great news.  In my opinion, this is exactly what is need: a broad scientific study on global warming.  My hope, of course, is that fact, data, and scientific methodology will win out over opinion and belief.

More than 60 nations launch the broadest scientific investigation yet of the Arctic and Antarctic on Thursday to chart polar regions on the front lines of global warming.

…about 50,000 people will be involved in 228 projects such as studying marine life in the Antarctic, mapping how winds carry pollutants to the Arctic, or examining the health of people, polar bears or penguins.

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On the Run from Global Warming

Center for American Progress – March 1, 2007

This is an interesting article that states that there are currently 25-50 MILLION climate refugees.  This is an amazing statement.  Evidently the UN does not recognize refugees for climatic reasons and so this count is not accurate.  In fact, it is not clear how this count is arrived at.  It does appear that the count includes anyone that has been affected by flooding or desertification so the claim (while possibly true) is likely exaggerated since surely not all of these people are casualties of global warming. It does state that 60 million people live at less than 3 feet about seal level, which would mean that these people would have to evacuate if the oceans rise a considerable amount.  Since the article is quite political in nature, I will also file this in the Politics category.

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Global warming, hurricane intensity linked

Playfuls.com – February 28, 2007

Interesting article with few stated facts.  This article quotes a study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies.  It states that they have been able to prove a link between hurricanes and global warming using satellite data from 1983-2005.

U.S. atmospheric scientists say they’ve found new evidence to support the theory that global warming produces stronger Atlantic Ocean hurricanes.

Working with global satellite data from 1983-2005, the researchers simplified newer and technologically advanced satellite information and aligned it with older records.

“The data says the Atlantic has been trending upwards in hurricane intensity quite a bit,” he said. “But the trends appear to be inflated or spurious everywhere else, meaning that we still can’t make any global statements.”

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Critics question how green Gore really is

Detroit Free Press – February 27, 2007

An interesting commentary on the use of power by staunch environmentalist, Vice President Al Gore. It seems that even after the success of his film “An Inconvenient Truth”, Vice President Gore has increased the power footprint at his primary residence.

The home’s average monthly electric bill last year was just under $1,200, according to bills that the Tennessean acquired from Nashville Electric Service.Gore’s power bill shows, however, that the former vice president may be doing just that. Gore purchased 108 blocks of “green power” for each of the past three months, according to a summary of the bills. That’s a total of $432 a month Gore paid extra for solar or other renewable energy sources.

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