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On Friday, I showed a preview clip of Al Gore on Sunday’s 60 Minutes television show. While my comments were not very flattering towards Mr. Gore, I at least did not call him any names or degrade his intelligence (as he did to others). I did question his motives and will continue to do that. Today, though, I want everyone to see his first TV ad which has the theme of not waiting for someone else to lead through the problem.

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Gore’s Message To Climate Change Skeptics

CBS News – March 27, 2008

Former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore has called the current Vice President of the United States, Mr. Dick Cheney, a “flat-earther” and compares him to “the one who still believe that the moon landing was staged in a movie lot in Arizona and those who believe the world is flat”.  Mr. Gore did go on to say that judgement was a little demeaning but not far off.

I am not surprised that Mr. Gore has made these statements.  His film “An Inconvenient Truth” is full of exaggerations and misstatements.  For him to exaggerate and compartmentalize people who have legitimate concerns about the global warming discussion is not surprising.

Antarctica, Is It Really In Danger?

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By Julee Mitchelsin

With all of the fervor these days about the dangers of global warming many people are concerned about the fate of Antarctica. The fears are that the ice that makes up the continent is melting faster than normal and not freezing back as it usually does with a very even ebb and flow. The concerns are that this will eventually raise the sea level enough to put major cities and land masses under water and leave millions of people homeless and/or even dead.

The New Climate Change Debate

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By Calvin Leonard

Climate Change and Global Warming are indeed a huge debate topic in all its controversy and media hysteria. The majority of people are up in arms over the thought of global warming and indeed they want the United States to sign the Kyoto Treaty and agree to reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases.

We cannot say for sure how much the globe may be warming up though, how much is due to human activities versus natural activities, or whether these movements in global temperature would be mostly good or mostly bad for the majority of us.

Global Warming’s Fever

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By Tom Phelps

The earth has a fever. This was a statement from Nobel Prize winning documentarian, Al Gore.

Increasingly the view of mankind by mankind is that of intruder. In many ways it would seem that we are the earths enemy and our very existence is depleting the earth of resources that could keep an environmental balance.

Global warming is the belief that the temperature of the air nearest to earth is consistently rising. Droughts are blamed on global warming and new products are constantly being developed to help lessen human impact on perceived climate change.

Electric or hybrid cars are thought to provide the best example of how we can reduce carbon emissions that are said to be harming the earth.

The Cause Of Global Warming. Is It You?

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By Erik Leipoldt

We know the Earth is getting warmer.

The International Panel on Climate Change predicts a global temperature rise of about 5C by the end of this century. Thats enough for major changes. Like in rising seawater levels, in food production and rainfall.

Knowing why we are in this fix is the first step to doing something about it. Yes, thats you and me. (Follow the feed link to read the rest of the story).

There are four levels at which to understand the cause of global warming.

* The mechanics of global warming

* What we do

* Our beliefs and values, and

Is Your Global Warming?

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By J Schipper

Carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas linked to global warming, is accumulating in the Earths atmosphere at an increasing rate, according to a new study released by the US governments National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The research has renewed concern that the ability of the environment to absorb the gas may be waning. The NOAA study said the average atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide in 2005 reached 381 parts per million, up from 2.6 ppm since 2004. The annual rate of increase, which has been recorded since the 1950s, now exceeds 2 ppm for three of the past four years. This is an unprecedented increase; 50 years ago, the annual increase was less than 1 ppm.

The Mystery of Global Warming’s Missing Heat

March 19, 2008 – NPR.com

I love a good mystery. I am a big fan of mystery and drama shows on TV and movies and voraciously read all of James Patterson’s books and similar mystery stories.  I do not think that I would spend billions (trillions?) of dollars on it though and that is what we are embarking on with the global warming mystery.

If you are reading this site then you are probably interested, concerned, or worried about predictions of the future regarding global warming. The reasonable method of predicting the future is to understand the present and the past and make some inference on how current trends will be affected into the future. This prediction for global warming is done with computers and I have repeatedly ranted on this site that our capability of developing these models is sub-standard.

Reader questions – Part 4 of 4

This is the last of my series of articles based on the questions of one of my readers, Brittany.  Brittany sent me an email and asked 4 questions. I have broken up each of these questions into 4 different articles.  If other readers have specific questions regarding global warming, please drop me a note (you can find my contact information in the About page).

Question 4: I read that it will take hundreds of years for Arctic/Greenland glaciers to melt and close to a 1,000 years for West Antarctica to melt.  I don’t know if those facts are correct.  But if they are correct, why would the earth’s temperature increase 6 egress Celsius in the next 100 years?  That’s a very scary proposition if it’s true. 

Reader questions – Part 3 of 4

I enjoy emails from readers of this site.  My contact information is in the About page and the comments and encouragement I receive makes this site a joy to run.  I recently received an email from Brittany C asking four questions.  Brittany is allowing me to publish her questions and my answers.  These answers are a combination of scientific fact with conjecture and opinion from me. This is her 3rd question of the 4.

Question 3: Greenhouse gases trap in the heat from the sun’s rays.  Why do these gases trap in the heat?  Why don’t these gases keep the sun’s heat and rays from entering the earth’s atmosphere in the first place?  I would think that if the gases keep heat from escaping, they would also keep it from entering the atmosphere and reaching the earth’s surface?