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Global Warming Scientist Is Encouraged

Herald Sun – February 19, 2007

This article is based on an interview with Susan Solomon of US NOAA.  Susan was a member of the IPCC that issued the report in Paris on climate change.

The article is short on new facts.  It is basically Susan’s enthusiasm at the reception of the news issued by the IPCC.  Thankfully, she allows people to not fully understand the issues, citing that it is complicated and “You can’t see it, you can’t smell it, you can’t taste it.”  But then she also say that the evidence is unequivocal (which this blog is trying to refute).

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Out on a Limb

AccuWeather.com: Global Warming News – January 9, 2007

This is a very good blog entry that discusses the exaggerations that can happen on both sides of this issue. I especially find outrageous that someone actually wrote that billions will die if we don’t make massive changes to our human output. This blog (nor the article) makes reference to how many people will die by diverting billions or trillions of dollars to new methods of energy use and distribution.

The headline grabbed my attention – stating that “Over 4.5 Billion people could die from Global Warming-related causes by 2012.”

Heck, if that’s the case, I might as well go right down to the GM dealership and buy a Hummer. What difference will that make?

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Green light for carbon burial

NewScientist.com news service – February 17, 2007

This article deals with the removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) by sequestering it underground. It is a fairly brief article without a lot of details on how this could be done, its costs, nor are the side effects adequately explored.

On 10 February, an amendment to international law came into force that allows the greenhouse gas to be buried beneath the sea floor. At the same time, a new study counters one of the main fears over carbon burial – that the gas will simply leak out again, to boost future global warming.

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Global Warming 101 Human Fingerprints

Union of Concerned Scientists – June 28, 2006

This article describes several cases of the earth getting warmer and puts the blame on the human element. While there is little solid proof within this article, one most be curious that this is more than a coincidence.

Astonishingly, every single year since 1992 is in the current list of the 20 warmest years on record.

By matching the observed and modeled patterns, scientists can now positively identify the “human fingerprints” associated with the changes. The fingerprints that humans have left on Earth’s climate are turning up in a diverse range of records and can be seen in the ocean, in the atmosphere, and at the surface.

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Recognizing Forests’ Role in Climate Change

Union of Concerned Scientists – February 16, 2006

This article does a very good job of describing the role that forests play in the carbon cycle. The article describes the US forests and their role and current standing as carbon sinks. It makes a fairly strong argument of using increased forestation to reduce the threat of fossil fuel burning. The article also points out that in many parts of the world there is an effort in place to reduce forest size so that the land may be used for other purposes.

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Global Surface Mean Temp Anomalies

NOAA July 1, 2004

This graph shows that the air over land and water has increased in temperature since the late 1800s. This graph does not appear to correct for any variations in data gathering over that time nor does it identify what technique was used to collect the data.

As is evident in the graph, 2001 was second only to 1998 in terms of global temperature, and the trend has been toward increasing temperatures at least since the beginning of the 20th century. Land temperatures have greater anomalies than the ocean, which is to be expected since land heats up and cools down faster than water.

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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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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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