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One last chance to save mankind

Here is an excellent interview with famed scientist James Lovelock.  Dr. Lovelock is best known for formulating the controversial Gaia hypothesis in the 1970s, which states that organisms interact with and regulate Earth’s surface and atmosphere. Later this year he will travel to space as Richard Branson’s guest aboard Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo.

If you read this site often, you know that I really don’t like carbon trading.  I don’t think it will help solve any problems and it is only a way to tax people and push industries into doom.  Dr. Lovelock appears to agree with me and he is a fairly strong supporter of the theory that global warming is man made. 

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

Will Global Warming Trigger Next Ice Age?

This article discusses a series of events that have already started that could cause the next ice age. This series of events is the same as the one that theories say caused the last ice age. It is an interesting series of events that seems just as likely as the world getting dramatically warmer. In fact, since many of the mechanisms are already in place, this likelihood seems even stronger.

I usually put the title of the article that I am referencing in the title of my post but in this case the title resides in a technical journal and it is so boring that I elected to write my own.  For the purposes of this discussion, I am referencing “Climate Control Requires a Dam at the Strait of Gibraltar” which was published by the American Geophysical Union on July 8, 1997 by the now Professor Emeritus Dr. R. G. Johnson.

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

This is the fifth and final installment of a 5 part series reviewing the comments of the Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI) in regards to “An Inconvenient Truth” (AIT). I have already covered the 35 points in previous points so this one is strictly my thoughts and comments.

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 4 of 5 here.

So how did SPPI fair? Personally, I wish they would have been a bit more conservative in their claims. Several times they dinged Mr. Gore twice (or three times) for the same basic error. I tend to write this off as being over-zealous and perhaps trying to get a bigger number for the headline.

"An Inconvenient Truth" found to be inconveniently incorrect!

BUUUUURRRRNING HOT – October 10, 2007

Recently, there was a lawsuit in the UK to challenge the accuracies of the famous Al Gore movie, "An Inconvenient Truth" which discusses global warming. I just found out from a good friend of this site that the court has announced their decision that 11 inaccuracies must be described to school children in the UK in order for the film to be shown to them. BUUUUURRRRNING HOT has done a review of this discussion and I suggest that you go to the site and read Scott’s comments.

Inside the Beltway – Cold yet?

The Washington Times – September 19, 2007

Well, I guess everyone has the right to change his or her mind. It seems that the chief evangelist for the global warming crusade, Dr. James E. Hansen of NASA, wrote a paper a long time ago saying that Earth was headed into a new ice age.

Many people have tried to remind the world that it wasn’t that long ago that pre-eminent scientists believed that we were not getting warmer but rather we were getting colder. What has recently come out is that Dr. Hansen was part of this crowd.

Does the Earth Have a Temperature Regulator?

24 Hour News & Blogs – September 9, 2007

This is a very interesting post on this news site that compiles and discusses the observed phenomenon that historically CO2 rises after temperature rises. Real Climate goes on to describe that this rise in temperature is aggravated by the warmth absorbing properties of the increase carbon dioxide.

One would assume that this is a runaway train. Temperature rises then CO2 increases causing more temperature increase which should cause more CO2 to enter the atmosphere. But something has happened in history that we don’t seem to understand – eventually, the temperature drops and so does the CO2.

Recent glacier and climate variations in the Pacific Northwest

Quaternary Research Center, University of Washington

There does not appear to be a date on this article nor does it appear to be peer reviewed in a scientific journal. The author does appear to have some credibility though as it credits him as being with the University of Washington and URL implies that he is with the faculty of that august learning institution. His website also credits him with writing multiple articles since 1962.

The article tracks a specific glacier and its shrinking over the course of several hundred years. It is very apparent from the graph from that article that the shrinking has been relatively consistent since the mid 1800s and in fact may have slightly slowed down in recent decades (maybe we could put a hockey stick on this and show that the glacier is actually growing now).

Local scientist calls global warming theory ‘hooey’

The Capital Times – June 18, 2007

You don’t see too many articles that include the word “hooey” in the title! This is a pretty strong statement and I would be inclined to not discuss it except that this guy is a superstar in the field of weather study. Dr. Bryson is known as the father of climatology, so whatever he says on the subject of global warming needs to be understood.

The article is basically broken up into two parts.  The first part is a fairly candid conversation with Dr. Bryson and the second part is more background information on the current status of the trends in climatology with a quote or two that says that Dr. Bryson is wrong.  I welcome this approach since it tends to balance the viewpoint although I fear that it does diminish the importance of the thinking of Dr. Bryson.

Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

Global Warming Petition Project – January, 1998

This a rather old text. It was one of the first to come out and say that the CO2 effects are being over emphasized and the data is not conclusive. Most people that have followed this subject for several years have read and understood this text but the topic of climate change is gaining increased popularity. If you have only recently started reading about this subject, it is important that you familiarize yourself with this early text.