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How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic: ‘Climate scientists dodge the subject of water vapor’

Gristmill – December 24, 2006

Gristmill has put a series of articles and for the most part they are excellent.  I suggest you read all of them.  This article is also very good although it does have a few items that, while not untrue, do not completely discuss the issue. I am sure that the author knows better but I wanted to point the incomplete statements.

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A New Global Warming Strategy: How Environmentalists are Overlooking Vegetarianism as the Most Effective Tool Against Climate Change in Our Lifetimes

EarthSave International

This report has been out there for quite sometime but I am still surprised that more environmentalists do not advocate the changing of our diet in order to make a substantial impact on combating runaway greenhouse gases. While CO2 is widely thought to influence the weather of planet Earth, methane is a very large contributor as well.  In my opinion, methane is not discussed because the chances of convincing the large meat eating public to drop their reliance on meat as a protein source is far more difficult than blaming multi-nationals like GM, Ford, and Exxon.

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Scientists Rally Around NASA Chief After Global Warming Comments

E-Wire – June 1, 2007

I was originally sent this as a press release.  Since I currently don’t make a habit of putting press releases on my site, I will reference the release on another site and, as typical, give what I think are the highlights. I would be interested in hearing from you on your thoughts of me including press releases in their totality.  I would tag them as a separate category. Either leave a comment here or drop me a note at soshaughnessey AT Yahoo DOT com.

This is a fairly big event in the scientific community. It is fairly common to find statements from scientific skeptics saying that there are more skeptics out there but they are afraid of upsetting the establishment.  The establishment they most frequently mention is the government.

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A New Global Warming Strategy: How Environmentalists are Overlooking Vegetarianism as the Most Effective Tool Against Climate Change in Our Lifetimes

EarthSave International

This report has been out there for quite sometime but I am still surprised that more environmentalists do not advocate the changing of our diet in order to make a substantial impact on combating runaway greenhouse gases. While CO2 is widely thought to influence the weather of planet Earth, methane is a very large contributor as well.  In my opinion, methane is not discussed because the chances of convincing the large meat eating public to drop their reliance on meat as a protein source is far more difficult than blaming multi-nationals like GM, Ford, and Exxon.

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RESEARCH FINDS THAT EARTH’S CLIMATE IS APPROACHING ‘DANGEROUS’ POINT

Earth Observatory – May 30, 2007

This is a must read article.  This article discusses a newly released study that claims that the Earth’s climate is very close to a tipping point and we must immediately reverse our current trend of polluting the environment.

The study appears in the current issue of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics and was based on a combination of climate models, satellite data and historical records. The study seemed to focus on the current warming trend and its effect on glacial ice but it also appears to combine CO2 levels even though it is not obvious in this article how it compared CO2, ice, and temperature (it may be obvious in the full study but I couldn’t get access to it).

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Hansenís 1988 projections

RealClimate – May 15, 2007

RealClimate is a great site.  If you are not reading this site regularly, you should.  Their articles tend to be much more technical than what I put here on a daily basis and the frequent commentators in the comments tend to really know the science and chemistry behind the weather.  I know that a lot of professionals consider RealClimate to be part of their weekly reading regiment. That being said, I don’t always agree with everything that the editors post (what would be the fun in that).  They certainly have a theme and a message for their site and one should take that into perspective but since I encourage everyone to have an open mind on these very technical and critical matters, reading a well-written site like RealClimate is part of the process.

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A NASA Space Sleuth Hunts the Trail of Earth’s Water

JPL NASA – January 3, 2007

This is good but sad news.  I am extremely happy that we are continuing to invest scientific effort and money in the gathering of data and the understanding of our climate.  That is the good news.  The sad news is that there are some in this world that believe that we don’t need to do this scientific process because they already know the answers: the world is going to end due to human fault and we need to spend billions (trillions?) reversing the process.

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The Great Global Warming Swindler’s List

Thomas Paine’s Corner – April 8, 2007

This blog article discusses the documentary “The Great Global Warming Swindle”.  While I have not had the opportunity to watch this program, I think that the article does a fair job of critiquing the facts portrayed.  It pains me when articles and shows don’t make sure that they have data absolutely correct regardless of what their stance is.  Since it is my contention that we need to fully evaluate all of the data, not having the facts straight is detrimental to the cause.

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EdGCM Educational Global Climate Modeling

Unfortunately, I was not able to load this software when I first tried.  My internet connection was not up to the task.  However, I wanted to let my readers know about this tool that promises to be very educational. 

One of the big challenges of climate science is the model that is used to predict the future.  Essentially, scientists must take a small amount of historical data and then predict what is going to happen in the future to accomplish a scenario that has never happened in the past.  This is extremely difficult and is subject to extreme interpretation.

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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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