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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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Hockey Stick again

www.natutech.nl – Welkom bij Natuurwetenschap & Techniek – February 2005

This is a fairly long article by Marcel Crok that has been translated into english. It is full of statistical analysis. It declares that much of the underlining assumptions for the rapid increase in global temperatures is quite flawed from a statistical standpoint. A few points:

They carefully studied the script and found something very unusual. McIntyre:“In a conventional PC calculation in a high-level language, the mean of each series is subtracted from each column prior to the rest of the algorithm. Instead of doing this, Mann’s Fortran program had only subtracted the 1902-1980 mean from each column. This is a highly unusual procedure and had not been mentioned in the Nature article.”

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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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Open Kyoto to debate

Financial Post – April 6, 2006

This is an open letter from 60 scientists (listed in the letter) in Canada calling on its government to walk away from the Kyoto agreement. It makes the argument that the evidence does not lead to the conclusion that the climate models are correct nor that the efforts of Kyoto will adequately affect the climate.

The article also points out that the “unqualified environmental groups” are doing a very good job of creating buzz but that their science and conclusions are not appropriate.

Observational evidence does not support today’s computer climate models, so there is little reason to trust model predictions of the future.

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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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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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