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California-Sized Area of Ice Melts in Antarctica

LiveScience – May 15, 2007

This is a news report about recent melting of ice in Antarctica.  The article does not make claims of the cause of the warming that melted this ice but does discuss the potential ramifications of the ice melt.

Warm temperatures melted an area of western Antarctica that adds up to the size of California in January 2005, scientists report.

Satellite data collected by the scientists between July 1999 and July 2005 showed clear signs that melting had occurred in multiple distinct regions, including far inland and at high latitudes and elevations, where melt had been considered unlikely.

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California-Sized Area of Ice Melts in Antarctica

LiveScience – May 15, 2007

This is a news report about recent melting of ice in Antarctica.  The article does not make claims of the cause of the warming that melted this ice but does discuss the potential ramifications of the ice melt.

Warm temperatures melted an area of western Antarctica that adds up to the size of California in January 2005, scientists report.

Satellite data collected by the scientists between July 1999 and July 2005 showed clear signs that melting had occurred in multiple distinct regions, including far inland and at high latitudes and elevations, where melt had been considered unlikely.

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Extreme Weather: Once Every… Well, Every Day Lately

The Huffington Post – May 10, 2007

This posting from Laurie David discusses the weather that certain parts of the US has seen lately and points out that it is extreme. Ms. David is careful not to say that these extremes are caused by global warming although she does criticize the President Bush went to Kansas to visit the damage by recent tornadoes there while not implementing weather changing laws.

Ms. David is a very powerful political force in the conversation regarding global warming but not necessarily a scientific force.  I would be very interested if she would do an analysis to see if these droughts, storms, and warmest days are unusual or if the press is just talking about it more. 

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Myths / Facts COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING

Friends of Science

There is no date on this site so I can’t reference when this was written.  This is great little article in Question / Answer format (or in this case Myth / Fact).  I have heard many of these statements before but it is good to read them on one site for evaluation.  The Friends of Science site is fairly critical of the concept of global warming and in some cases I think their answers and articles could be slightly more balanced.  Definitely an article worth spending some time on.

I have included all of the Myth statements below but have intentionally edited for brevity the Fact statement.  Click through to get the whole article.

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Global Warming: Fact, Fiction and Political Endgame

Townhall.com – February 26, 2007

This is a commentary article about Al Gore, his recent accolades for “An Inconvenient Truth”, and some of the background science of global climate change.  It is a very good read and I encourage my readers to click through to the source article (especially since the title is quite close to the URL of my blog). 

It is interesting that the author tries to draw a correlation between the Academy Awards that Mr. Gore received and the timing of the IPCC report.  I don’t think that this is anything but coincidence and all of my research indicates that the two are not tied together.  We know that the Academy Awards are always held the same time of the year and it appears that the IPCC was always trying to put their release out at that time of the year.  It does not appear that Mr. Gore’s very well made documentary had anything to do with it.

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Earth – melting in the heat?

BBC News – October 7, 2005

This article details some of the observed effects of global warming as well as some of the effects for the future.  It is quite light on scientific detail – just a discussion on the empirical observations that bring one to conclude that global warming is real.

Indigenous Arctic peoples will find their food stocks gone, while fresh water supplies in Asia and south America will disappear as the glaciers which provide them melt away; penguins, polar bears and seals will find their habitats gone, their traditional lives unliveable.

There is so much ice here [Antarctic] that if it all melted, sea levels globally would rise hugely – perhaps as much as 80m. Say goodbye to London, New York, Sydney, Bangkok, Rio… in fact, the majority of the world’s major cities.

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INHOFE OPENING STATEMENT: Hearing on Vice President Al Gore’s Perspective on Global Warming

US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works – March 21, 2007

Senator Inhofe (R. Okla) is a member of this committee and he had remarks prior to the testimony of Mr. Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States.  Senator Inhofe does not appear to believe that world is warming appreciably and, if it is, does not feel that humans are the root cause or at least does not appear to believe that humans should dramatically change behavior to alleviate the condition.

It is my perspective that your global warming alarmist pronouncements are now and have always been filled with inaccuracies and misleading statements. Many of the peer-reviewed studies published in such journals as Nature, Geophysical Research Letters, and Science are radically at odds with your claims.

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Boxer Opening Statement Hearing on Al Gore’s Perspective on Global Warming.

US Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works – March 21, 2007

Senator Boxer chairs the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.  She gave an opening statement upon the arrival of Mr. Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States.  Her statement confirms her belief in global warming, that it is caused by human activity, and that it is imperative that the US take steps to prevent it.

Mr. Vice President, we are honored and privileged to have you here with
us today, to discuss one of the most important challenges facing
humankind – global warming.

Professor Roger Ravelle, who began making the first measurements of CO2 in the atmosphere, was your spark.  And from that, you became a spark that has ignited the global warming debate in America.

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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.

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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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