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The butterfly no longer flaps its wings

One of the key techniques in the understanding of our world is the use of chaos theory. Many of you will be familiar with the common question: Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas? What many of you may not be aware of is that is the title of a speech by Ed Lorenz. Dr. Lorenz passed away last week, a victim of cancer. We grieve the passing of this scientist and wish his family well.

Dr. Lorenz work on chaos theory is a key component of the way that we understand our environment. His work was critical to meteorology today. You can read Wikipedia’s excellent write up of Dr. Lorenz and chaos theory.

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Reader questions – Part 2 of 4

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. Earlier, I answered the first of her 4 questions and today I will answer the second.

Question 2: If CO2 were linked to temperature increase wouldn’t that mean that temperatures would have steadily increased from the start of the Industrial Revolution to today?  If that’s the case, why was there a cooling period from the 1940s to the 1970s?

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35 Inconvenient Truths: The errors in Al Gore’s movie – Part 4 of 5

This is the fourth of a 5 part series reviewing the comments of the Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI) in regards to “An Inconvenient Truth” (AIT).

You can read Part 1 of 5 here.
You can read Part 2 of 5 here.
You can read Part 3 of 5 here.
You can read Part 5 of 5 here.

ERROR 27 – Shame on Mr. Gore for citing this example! He is trying to link malaria with global warming. There were many malaria outbreaks in Nairobi prior to human induced global warming could be a factor. Mr. Gore’s statements here are pure sham and is probably the biggest reason that I dislike this film as a documentary.

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Synchronized chaos: Mechanisms for major climate shifts

American Geophysical Union – July 12, 2007

Well I guess the discussion is not closed and the science is not all that conclusive.  Sorry Mr. Gore.

This paper has gone over the last 100 years of climate changes and was able to map the various changes to natural phenomena and not human induced carbon dioxide output.  The paper is only available for a charge so I do not feel right in reproducing the text here but rather encourage you to invest $9 in downloading the paper.  I think you will find it to be quite interesting and very compelling.

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Too many variables in global warming, speakers say

The Tribune – February 21, 2007

This is a quick article that resulted from an interview with William Cotton and Dennis Ojima as they spoke at the 16th Annual Colorado Agricultural Outlook Forum at the Double Tree Hotel in Denver.  There are not a lot of hard facts in this article but instead some very interesting observations, which as the title implies, we really don’t know the cause of the recent increase in temperatures globally.

Cotton said a growing population worldwide has had its effect on the climate, but said there is some data that indicates there was a period in the 1400s that was as warm or warmer than it is at present.

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