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GLOBAL WARMING FACTS AND COMMENTS 8-20-13

Updated on March 30, 2016

THE WORLD'S BIGGEST POLLUTERS

The 2011 figures for the biggest polluters:

1. China, up 10 percent to 10 billion tons.

2. United States, down 2 percent to 5.9 billion tons

3. India, up 7 percent to 2.5 billion tons.

4. Russia, up 3 percent to 1.8 billion tons.

5. Japan, up 0.4 percent to 1.3 billion tons.

6. Germany, down 4 percent to 0.8 billion tons.

7. Iran, up 2 percent to 0.7 billion tons.

8. South Korea, up 4 percent to 0.6 billion tons.

9. Canada, up 2 percent to 0.6 billion tons.

10. South Africa, up 2 percent to 0.6 billion tons.

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San Francisco's Disappearing Ocean Beach
San Francisco's Disappearing Ocean Beach | Source

The Vanishing Islands--NPR Website

The Vanishing Islands
Climate change is one of the major topics of discussion at the U.N. General Assembly this week. In a few small island countries, it's not some abstract, far-off concept: it's reality. The Seychelles Islands, for example, are sinking. The series of about 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Kenya, has been compared to the Garden of Eden. It's already seen the world's worst coral die-off and was mostly underwater after the 2004 tsunami. Some on the archipelago argue it will be completely submerged in 50 to 100 years.  Seychelles' ambassador to the United Nations, Ronald Jumeau, talks about the immediate effects of climate change, and what his country is doing to prepare.

2-17-10 NY TIMES EDITORIAL WEIGHS IN ON IPPC Emails

WITH STAKES THIS HIGH

Published: February 17, 2010

Disclosures of isolated errors and exaggerations in the 2007 report from the United Nations panel on climate change do not undermine its main finding: that the planet has been warming gradually for more than a century and that human activity is largely responsible. But the misstatements have handed climate skeptics a public relations boost.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/17/opinion/17wed2.html?ref=opinion

February 2010 Harper's Magazine--Cap and Trade Shell Game

A recent article in Harper's raised serious issues with the operation of Euorpean Union cap and trade program over the failure adequately to verify the legitimacy of many of the carbon offset projects financed by polluters to allow them to continue polluting. The organization chargec with verifying the implementation and actual effects of the carbon offset projects is under staffed and lacks technically competent staff. The Harper's February 2010 article by Mark Schapiro is titled Conning the Climate, Inside the Carbon Trading Shell Game.

http://www.harpers.org/archive/2010/02/0082826

Lord Monckton British Right-wing Bloviator

The Conservatives Weigh in on Climate Change, Health Care, Autism,etc.

7-1-09 Ten Outrageous Climate Change Claims

10 Outrageous Claims

As the House debate heated up, so did the hyperbole.

We already knew that climate action opponents were, shall we say, special.

They've spent years denying the reality of global warming and doing everything possible to delay action. But, last week's floor debate put their tortured reasoning in the Congressional Record.

We've compiled 10 of the most outrageous comments from the floor last week.

Yes, they're bizarre. But, it's important to keep in mind that we are very likely to see much more of this as the bill moves to the Senate.

10 Outrageous Claims

10) "Wake up, America. There hasn't been any global warming, which is what we heard over and over and over again – there hasn't been any global warming for 10 years." – Rep. Dana Rohrabacker (R-CA)

No warming for 10 years? Well, not exactly true. 1998 was the 2nd hottest year on record while 2008 was only the 8th hottest. So, if you only look at those two years, you might assume there hasn't been any warming. But, 2005 was the hottest year on record and the warmest decade on record is 1998 through 2008. The trends are clear. The planet is warming. Period.

9) "You want to talk about a massive new welfare program for energy? It's in here too… It's a whole new welfare program for energy." – Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)

If you want to talk welfare, what about the hundreds of billions the oil, gas and coal industries have received in subsidies and tax breaks over the years?

8) "God has put us on this Earth as responsible stewards of these resources, and we ought to use them responsibly. This bill does not do it. In fact, it does nothing good. The only meaningful thing that it might do is provide a relatively meaningless photo op for our President in December in Copenhagen as he stands to brag about what America has done while the leaders of India and China laugh at us behind his back." – Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX)

We look forward to working with Rep. Conaway to strengthen this bill and to fight for the strongest possible international global warming treaty later this year.

7) "Energy producing states like Oklahoma will be economically punished and devastated." – Rep Tom Cole (R-OK)

Rep. Cole should have a look at climate models showing that Oklahoma could spend nearly the entire summer with 100+ temperatures by the end of the century. Talk about devastating.

6) "We should not be the first lemming to jump off the cliff." – Rep. Doc Hasting (R-WA)

That's an interesting point given that the U.S. is the only industrial country in the world that never ratified the Kyoto global warming treaty and that much of Europe is operating under a carbon cap right now.

5) "[For some, this bill is an] economic death sentence." – Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA)

As opposed to the current economy in which we are held hostage by our reliance on foreign oil and in which only last summer we saw gas prices exceed $4/gallon.

4) "The whole point of cap-and-trade is to make fossil fuels, or 85 percent of the energy we consume, more expensive." – Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA)

No, the point of this bill is to cap global warming pollution, put Americans back to work building out our clean energy future, and free us from our dangerous dependence on foreign oil.

3) "Do you want to throw away the economic prosperity for nothing, because that's what this bill does. And for what, to satisfy the twisted desires of radical environmentalists." – Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)

With millions of Americans out of work and the economy in recession, it might not be the best time to talk about "throwing away our economic prosperity" or to support the status quo.

2) "[This will bring us back to] hunting and gathering." – Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI)

Yeah, when we look at solar panels, hybrids and windmills, that's exactly what comes to mind – hunting and gathering societies.

1) "The idea of human induced global climate change is one of the greatest hoaxes perpetrated out of the scientific community. It is a hoax… We need to be good stewards of our environment, but this is not it, it’s a hoax!" – Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA)

A global conspiracy involving thousands of scientists taking tens of thousands of measurements on everything ranging from ice core samples to the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere to sea level rise, hundreds of governments around the world working to address global warming pollution, dozens of science academies that have endorsed the reality of global warming and urged action, as well as hundreds of millions of people around the world who have joined the movement to promote global warming action.

And, we're all coordinating our activities to push this hoax because…?

Posted: 30-Jun-2009; Updated: 01-Jul-2009

3-29-09 M.I.T. Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Updated Integrated Global System Model

The M.I.T. global climate model tracks and predicts climate change from 1861-2100. Its revised projection indicates that if we stick with business as usual, in terms of carbon dioxide emissions, average surface temperatures on 'Earth by 2100 will hit levels far beyond anything humans have ever experienced.

"In our mor recent global model simulations the ocean heat-uptake is slower than previously estimated, the ocean uptake of carbon is weaker, feedbacks from the land system as temperature rises are stronger, cumulative emissions of greenhouse gases over the century are higher, and offsetting cooling from aerosol emissions is lower. Not one of these effects is very strong on its own, and even adding each separately together would not fully explain the higher temperatures but rather than interacting additively, these different effects appear to interact multiplicatively, with feedbacks among the contributing factors leading to the surprisingly large increase in the chance of much higher temperatures."

Quoted from Thomas L. Friedman's op-ed in the NYTimes 3-29-09.

ClimateWorks CEO Hal Harvey's Five Global Warming Policies

Hal Harvey:

There are five policies that can help us win the energy-climate battle and each has been proven somewhere.

1. Building codes: California's energy-efficient building and appliance codes now save Californians $6 billion per year.

2. Better vehicle fuel efficiency standards: The European Union's fuel efficiency fleet average for new cars now stands at 41 MPG, and is rising steadily.

3. National renewable portfolio standard mandating that power utilities produce 15 or 20 percent of their energy from renewables by 2020.

4. Decoupling--the program begun in California that turns the utility business on its head. Under decoupling, power utilities make money by helping homeowners save energy rather than by encouraging them to comsume it.

5. Put a price on carbon. Polluting the atmosphere can't be free.

From an Op-ed by Thomas L. Friedman in the NYTimes 3-29-09.

A Shift in the Debate Over Global Warming, Andrew Revkin in the NYTimes 4-6-08

A Shift in the Debate Over Global Warming

With recent data showing an unexpected rise in global emissions and a decline in energy efficiency, a growing chorus of economists, scientists and students of energy policy are saying that whatever benefits the cap approach yields, it will be too little and come too late...

"If we try to restrain emissions without a fundamentally new set of technologies, we will end up stifling economic growth, including the development prospects for billions of people." Jeffrey Sachs.

What is needed,Mr. Sachs and others say is the development of radically advanced low-carbon technologies, which they say will only come about with greatly increased spending by determined governments on what has so far been an anemic commitment to research and development. A Manhattan-like project, so to speak.

Here's a link to Andrew Revkin's article which will bring you up to date on the latest thinking on global warming.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/06/weekinreview/06revkin.html?scp=2&sq=andrew+c.+revkin&st=nyt



 


NEW YORK TIMES FORUM ON GLOBAL WARMING

Here are a couple of good links on global warming--a NYTimes discussion forum which and a link to previous NYT articles on climate change.



http://www.nytimes.com/ref/science/earth/25energyforum.html

ttp://whww.nytimes.com/ref/science/earth/energy.html The Energy Challenge



11-29 U.S. SUPREME COURT TAKES UP GLOBAL WARMING CASE

Supreme Court Meltdown Over Global Warming

http://www.slate.com/id/2154622


11-27 WHAT YOU CAN EASILY DO ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING--UNPLUG YOUR CELL PHONE CHARGER AND OTHER SIMPLE ACTIONS. HERE: http://www.slate.com/id/2151798

11-25 TAMING KING COAL nytimes lead editorial

The fron page of this newspaper's business section recently featured two articles about the world's most plentiful fuel, coal. Written from different parts of the globe, they framed the magnitude of the task confronting international negotiators and the newly empowered Democrats in Congress who want to put the brakes on emissions of carbon dioxide, the main global warming gas.

One article pointed out that China will surpass the U.S. as the world's largest emitter of carbon dioxide by 2000, a decade ahead of previous predictions. A big reason is the explosion in the number of automobiles, but the main reason is China's ravenous appetite for coal, the dirtiest of all fuels, to produce electricity. Already, China uses more coal than the United States, the European Union and Japan combined. Every week to 10 days, another coal-fired power plant opens somewhere in China, with enough capacity to serve all the households in Dallas or San Diego. What's frightening about this for those worried about the long-term consequences of warming is that nearly all of these plants are being built along traditional lines, burning pulverized coal to make electricity. And what's sad about it is that there's a much cleaner coal-burning technology available. Known as IGCC--for integrated gasification combined cycle--this cleaner technology converts coal into a gas before it is burned.

These plants produce fewer of the pollutants that cause smog and acid rain than conventional power plants do. More important, from a global warming perspective, they also have the potential to capture and sequester greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide before they enter the atmosphere.

This new technology is not readily available in China, but it is available to utilities in the U.S. Which brings us to the second article--an announcement by TXU, a giant Texas energy company, that it intends to build 11 new coal-fired power plants in Texas, plus another dozen or so elsewhere in the country. All told, this would be the nation's largest single coal-oriented construction campaign in years.

Is TXU availing itself of the cleaner technology? No. TXU will use the old pulverized coal model. The company says the older models are more reliable. But the real reason it likes the older models is that they are easier to build, cheaper to run and, ultimately, much more profitable. So, like the Chinese, TXU is locking itself (and the country) into at least 50 more years of the most carbon-intensive technology around.

BArbara Boxer, the California Democrat who will shortly assume command of the Senate environment committee, believes tht we should impose a price on carbon emissions (as Europe has done) so that companies like TXU will begin to think about investing in cleaner technologies--technologies that China could lthen use in its power plants. The message from both Texas and China is that Ms. Boxer should get cracking.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/25/opinion/25sat1.html



Comment: Global warming is not a scientific problem. The science is pretty well settled, both the causes and remedies for for warming. The real problem is a political problem--informing public opinion and mobilizing the support and cooperation necessary to do what is needed here and around the world. The United States should be leading this effort, not dragging its feet. Write your Congressman!


11-20 United Nations conference on global warming ends with modest accomplishments. The conference was attended by 6,000 representatives from around the world. A letter signed by Barbara Boxer, Jeff Bingaman and Joseph Lieberman stating that Democrats in January would begin a push for strict limits on greenhouse gas emissions. However, Paula Dobrianski, top U.S. delegate to the conference stood firm on the Bush position that the best approach was for voluntary partnerships between developing and wealthy countries that promote economic growth while limiting pollution. The Kyoto protocol, which the U.S. has not signed expires in 2012.


http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/18/science/18warming.html


11-19 Harnessing the the wind to power ski resorts is a new trend.

My intention for this hub is to provide links to articles on global warming and, if anyone's interested, to get a discussion going among believers and skeptics. The first article linked below reports on a recent study that says that "Global warming gases traped in the soil are bubbling out of the thawing permafrost in amounts far higher than previously thourght and may trigger what researchers warn is a climate time bomb

"Methane--a greenhouse gas 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide--is being released from Arctic permafrost at a rate five times faster than thought, according to a study published today in the journal 'Nature'..."


My own belief is that mounting evidence of global warming is sufficient to justify using a significant amount of resources in an effort to reduce the rate of warming. However, I'll try to include credible evidence and opinions to the contrary along with studies supporting the conclusion that we should be worrying more than we are about the future of our planet.

11-7 A review of five new books on global warming one of which scare your pants off! http://hubpages.com/hub/How_Close_to_Catastrophe_Five_Books_on_Global_Warming

11-7 TEXAS UTILITY PLANS 11 DIRTY COAL-FIRED PLANTS, IGNORING GLOBAL WARMING CONCERNS

Ignoring global warming issues, TXU Corp, open-pit coal mine and electric utility company, is embarking on the nation's single largest coal-oriented electric power plant construction campaign. TXU plans to add more than 9,000 megawatts fo new capacity, an increase of 3.5% in coal-fired electric power capacity. Even as some utility executives are joining environmentalists in supporting controls on carbon emissions, TXU is betting $10 billion on 11 new coal power plants that will produce huge amounts of global warming gases for decades to come. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/07/business/07coal.html?_r=1&oref=slogin


11-2 HARVARD SCIENTISTS WEIGH IN ON ETHANOL IN AN ARTICLE ENTITLED "THE ETHANOL ILLUSION" BY MICHAEL B. MCELROY. http://harvardmagazine.com/on-line/110634.html

10-21

SOLAR POWER--AN INNOVATIVE AND PRACTICAL INNOVATION ADOPTED BY GENERAL MOTORS AND OTHERS

General Motors liked the idea of using the sun to power its buildings. But until recently, one immutable economic fact held GM back. the upfront costs were simply too high to justify the ultimate payoff.

GM is not alone. Even solar energy's biggest fans concede that the high investment costs have kept companies from pursuing what is arguably the cleanest, most renewable and least politically sensitive energy source around.

But now, GM and a small but growing number of other companies and municpalities are getting solar energy from systems installed by others. Even though the installations are righty on their own roofs, they buy the electricity much as they would from a utilitiy's grid. And because the companies that paid for the systems will get a steady income, the can provide power from the sun at competitive electricity rates.

The complete NY Times article by Claudia Deutsch is linked here: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/21/business/21solar.html?_r=1&ref=business&oref=slogin


10-08

"Clearly there is an emerging consensus among economists--left and right--that the nation would be better off, geopolitically and economically if Americans used less gasoline. The most economically sound, if not the most politically popular, way to accomplish this would be to increase gasoline taxes.

Average gasoline taxes per Gallon

August 2006

Britain..........$4.24

Germany........3.99

France............3.80

Italy..................3.75

Japan.............2.07

Canada..........1.03

U.S.....................40

[A 10-8-06 "Economic View" by Daniel Gross in the NYT is linked below.]


9-15 CALIFORNIA STIFFS POLLUTING ELECTRIC POWER PLANTS


California has just delivered a new message to electric energy suppliers: If you cannot produce power with the lowest possible emissions of these greenhouse gases, we are not interested. [For more, see link below.]

9-15 Oslo, Polar Bears Drown, Islands Appear Due to Arctic Thaw [Link below.]


9-18 You heard it here first. Republicans get ready for a Bush U-turn on global warming. A policy change is rumored to be in the works. See link below.


9-21. BRITISH SCIENCE GROUP SAYS EXXON MISREPRESENTS CLIMATE ISSUES

"A British scientific group, the Royal Society, contends that Exxon Mobil is spreading 'innacurate and misleading' information about climate change and is financing groups that misinform the public on the issue.

"The Royal Society, a 1400-member organization that dates back to the 1600s and has counted Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein as members, asked Exxon Mobil in a letter this month to stop financing these groups and to change its public reports to reflect more accurately the opinions fo scientists on the issue.

"There is a 'false sense somehow that there is a two-sided debate going on in the scientific community' about the origins of climate change, said Bob Ward, the senior manager for policy communication at the Royal Society.

"The reality is that 'thousands and thousands' of scientists around the world agree that climate change is linked to greenhouse gases, he said, with 'one or two professional contrarians' who disagree."


[NYTimes article by Heather Timmons linked below.]


9-21--GLOBAL WARMING A SUBJECT FOR DIRECTORS AT BIG COMPANIES

"If corporate directors really understood the implications of global warming, would they steer their companies toward preventing it?...

"'Climate change is no longer the purview of scientists only,' said Jmes James Gustave Speth, dean of the Yale School of lForestry and Environm ental Studies. 'The widespread ramifications of unchecked climate change require that more leaders in our society understand its implications.'

"Actually, many corporate executives appear to be well aware of the link between greenhouse gases and climate change.

"More than 80 percent of the companies that provided data for the Carbon Disclosure Project, a report detailing corporate response to global warming issues, acknowledged the potential risks and benefits of climate change. But fewer than half said they were working to reduce greenhouse gases that cause global warming."

[NYTimes article by Claudia Deutsch linked below.]


9-22 Robert Branson promises $3 billion to fight global warming. [NY Times article linked below.}

Earth Speaks Out

Gletsch--Then and Now

Niagara Falls 1911

Scientists Debate Climate Tipping Points

“The climate is nearing tipping points,” the NASA climate scientist James E. Hansen wrote in The Observer newspaper of London. “If we do not change course, we’ll hand our children a situation that is out of their control.” ...

But the idea that the planet is nearing tipping points — thresholds at which change suddenly becomes unstoppable — has driven a wedge between scientists who otherwise share deep concerns about the implications of a human-warmed climate....

But other scientists say there is little hard evidence to back up specific predictions of catastrophe. They worry that the use of the term “tipping point” can be misleading and could backfire, fueling criticism of alarmism and threatening public support for reducing greenhouse gas emissions....

“I think a lot of this threshold and tipping point talk is dangerous,” said Kenneth Caldeira, an earth scientist at Stanford University and the Carnegie Institution and an advocate of swift action to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. “If we say we passed thresholds and tipping points today, this will be an excuse for inaction tomorrow,” he said.

Gletch Glacier Melting
Gletch Glacier Melting | Source

1-1-07 New Middle Stance on Global Warming Emerges

Middle Stance Emerges In Debate on Climate--THERE IS STILL A CHANCE OF AVOIDING CATASTROPHE

According to a NY Times article dated Jan. 1, 2007, some scientists are adopting a middle ground in the debate over global warming. They agree that accumulating carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping tailpipe and smokestack gases probably pose a momentous environmental challenge, but they say the appropriate response is more akin to buying fire insurance and installing sprinklers and new wiring in an old, irreplaceable house than to fighting a fire already raging. Others remain much more pessimistic. ALL AGREE WE FACE A SERIOUS PROBLEM.

"Climate change presents a very real risk," said Carl Wunsch, a climate and oceans expert at MIT. "It seems worth a very large premium to insure ourselves against the most catastrophic scenarios. Denying the risk seems utterly stupid. Claiming we can calculate the probabilities with any degree of skill seems equally stupid."

Roger Pielke: "We do have a problem, we do need to act, but what actions are practical and pragmatic?...But the discourse is in danger of tipping society onto a negative, depressive and reactionary trajectory."

Other experts say there is no time for nuance, given the general lack of public response to the threat posed particularly by carbon dioxide, a by-product of fossil fuels and forests that persists for a century or more in the air and is accumulating rapidly in the atmosphere and changing the pH of the oceans.

James E. Hansen, the veteran climate scientist with NASA:

"If we want to avoid producing a different planet, we need to start acting now," and not with paltry steps, he said in a recent e-mail exchange with a reporter and other scientists. "It seems almost to be a secret that we cannot put all o f the fossil fuel CO2 into the air without producing a different planet, and, yes, dangerous change. There are people who don't know that!"

21st CENTURY WARMING LIKELY TO BE SEVERAL TIMES GREATER THAN 20th.

Studies used to generate the next UN report have shown a likely warming in the 21st century--undless emissions of greenhouse gases abate--at least several times that of the last century's one-degree rise.

Dr. Mike Hulme, director of the Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research in Britain, says it's best not to gloss over uncertainties. In fact, he and others say that uncertainty is one reason to act--as a hedge against the prospect that PROBLEMS COULD BE MUCH WORSE THAN PROJECTED.

Dr. Hulme and others avoid sounding alarmist, but offer scant comfort to anyone who doubts that humans are contributing to warming or believes the matter can be deferred.

These experts see a clear need for the public to engage now, but not to panic...many in this group see a need to portray clearly that the RESPONSE WOULD REQUIRE FAR MORE THAN SWITCHING TO FLUORESCENT LIGHT BULBS AND HYBRID CARS.

Dr. Jerry D. Mahlman, climatologist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado: "This is a mega-ethical challenge . The buildup of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases cannot be quickly reversed with existing technologies. And even if every engine on earth were shut down today, there would be no measurable impact on the warming rate for many years, given the buildup of heat already banked in the seas."

Because of the scale and time lag, a better strategy, Dr. Mahlman and others say, is to treat human-caused warming more as a risk to be reduced rather than a problem to be solved.

John M. Wallace, climatologist at University of Washington: "Global warming is real, it's serious, but it's just one of many global challenges we're facing...I portray it as part of a broader problem of environmental stewardship--preserving a livable planet with abundant resources for future generations."

Some experts, though, argue that moderation in a message is likely to be misread as satisfaction with the pace of change.

John P. Holdren, an energy and environment expert at Harvard and president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science defended the more strident calls for limits on carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases.

"I am one of those who believes that ANY REASONABLY COMPREHENSIVE AND UP-TO-DATE LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE MAKES CLEAR THAT CIVILIZATION HAS ALREADY GENERATED DANGEROUS ANTHROPOGENIC INTERFERENCE IN THE CLIMATE SYSTEM. wHAT KEEPS ME GOING IS MY BELIEF THAT THERE IS STILL A CHANCE OF AVOIDING CATASTROPHE."

Andrew C. Revkin's article is linked below. READ IT!

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      Ralph Deeds 2 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      1-31-15NYtimes "Most Republicans Say They Back Climate Change"

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      WASHINGTON — An overwhelming majority of the American public, including half of Republicans, support government action to curb global warming, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times, Stanford University and the nonpartisan environmental research group Resources for the Future.

      In a finding that could have implications for the 2016 presidential campaign, the poll also found that two-thirds of Americans said they were more likely to vote for political candidates who campaign on fighting climate change. They were less likely to vote for candidates who questioned or denied the science that determined that humans caused global warming.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      It is not only the fuel that we use it is also the growing of food that we waste and you can find out more about that here: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/01/15...

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      I read and commeted on your hub.

      It is cyclic the way this earth works. Nothing leaves it and everything gets recycled. We are a biosphere. Mother Nature can and will and has taken care of the planet for a long time and will continue to do so. I trust in her. Humans are but ants on her just as lice and mites are on us.

      If we continue to build on places that we KNOW are not right and there are lanslides and earthquakes and volcanoes that erupt, then we get what we deserve.

      Oh and Volcanic eruptions cause the most carbon pollution in the air that we breath...how would you fix that?

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      Ralph Deeds 2 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Certainly US cars have improved their fuel economy and reduced their emissions, but motor vehicles remain a big source of harmful emissions. Also, it's true that a number of other countries have done more than the U.S. to reduce carbon emissions and adopt clean energy. Still, overall much remains to be done if the world is to avoid catastrophic warming.

      https://hubpages.com/politics/How-to-Reduce-CO2-Em...

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      I have links that do say that other nations are doing and have done things.

      How is the auto emmisions statement that I made not true? I lived and do still live in areas that you have to have that checked for your auto to pass it's yearly inspections. I lived in the 70's when that came about and was made a law. Today's auto's are cleaner than the older models.

      Here are the links to support the facts that other countires are helping and have been helping for a long time:

      http://www.pri.org/stories/2012-06-26/sweden-impor...

      http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/dec/29...

      http://www.recycling-guide.org.uk/facts.html

      http://www.aneki.com/recycling_countries.html

      http://geothermal.marin.org/geopresentation/sld070...

      http://www.energydigital.com/top10/2718/Top-Ten:-G...

      http://pureenergies.com/us/blog/top-10-countries-u...

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      Ralph Deeds 2 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      "The thing that you missed in my comment was that they already and since the 1970's have curbed the greenhouse effect from Auto emmisions. " That's absolutely not true. There have been significant improvements, but motor vehicle emissions remain the second largest source of green house gases. Coal fired power plants are the largest source. Moreover, it's not just or primarily even a U.S. problem. China, India and other countries are contributing to climate change.

      The science is clear. What remains is a worldwide educational and political problem.

      Thanks for the interesting links. Howeve, they don't convince that we don't need to be doing something about climate change.

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      Ralph Deeds 2 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Lady Guinevere, thanks for your comment. However, in my opinion, you should do a bit more reading up on climate change. The science is quite clear. The task now is educational and political. Educating the public on climate change facts and convincing polluting countries to curb greenhouse gas emissions before it's too late.

      The climate at any given point in time is a product of unpredictable natural forces that as you observed have produced climate cycles from time immemorial PLUS man-made factors--greenhouse gas emissions. We can't predict or control natural forces, but we are capable of measuring and controlling greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles and coal fired power plants. You mentioned the oceans--just this week there was a new report on how much damage to oceans has occurred. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/16/science/earth/st...

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      The thing is with me is that anyone can make up numbers. Show pictures of what is going on and be unbiased with them. That Obam thing about emmissions...well that was done way back in the 1970's as you may or may not recall that was when all cars had to pass an emmission test. Then smoke stacks and the like followed suit and that was way before Obama. It is in the big cities that this is all happening with the vast amount of polution. There are no trees to eat it up. The new things with no vegetables in lwans is totally ridiculous. The government will and has stepped on our toes and their own with all that stuff. Here we are needing more vegetation and HOA's are preventing it. Why?

      Global warming and the like have been going on far more than the years they have numbers for them. It is cyclic and always will be. There are vast ocians and land that have never been explored. Where do they fit into all this. Just get out of the work buildings and cubicles and out of the cites (which if you take a good look at them they are under a dome of pollution) and get into the wilderness and you will se a much different picture. Read lots of Smithsonian and National Geographic Magazines and do that research.

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      Ralph Deeds 2 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      3-25-14 Salon "10,853 out of 10,855 Scientific Papers Support Global Warming"

      10,883 out of 10,885 scientific articles agree: Global warming is happening, and humans are to blame - Salon.com

      Virtually all of the scientific papers published in 2013 accept climate change As geochemist James Powell proves, the only people debating whether or not climate change is “real,” and caused by human activity, are the ones who aren't doing research.

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      Ralph Deeds 3 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      1-19-14NYTimes OPINION: "If You See Something, Say Something" Michael E. Mann, Director of the Earth System Science Center, Penn State University

      Log In - The New York Times

      "THE overwhelming consensus among climate scientists is that human-caused climate change is happening. Yet a fringe minority of our populace clings to an irrational rejection of well-established science. This virulent strain of anti-science infects the halls of Congress, the pages of leading newspapers and what we see on TV, leading to the appearance of a debate where none should exist. "

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      Ralph Deeds 4 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      11-21-13NYTimes OP-ED Global Warming Doesn't Cause Twisters

      The Truth About Tornadoes - NYTimes.com

      Global warming is real. But it is not causing more twisters.

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      Ralph Deeds 4 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      11-1-13NYTimes "Climate Change Seen Posing Risk to Food Supply"

      Climate Change Seen Posing Risk to Food Supplies - NYTimes.com

      A leaked draft of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that climate change could reduce output and send prices higher in a period when global food demand is expected to soar.

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      Ralph Deeds 4 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      9-10-13NYTimes--"By 2047, Coldest Years May be Warmer Than Hottest in Past, Scientists Say"

      By 2047, Coldest Years May Be Warmer Than Hottest in Past, Scientists Say - NYTimes.com

      A new paper based on top climate models says that by about 2047, average temperatures across the globe will be higher than any highs recorded previously, with tropics hit earlier.

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      Ralph Deeds 4 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      8-20-13NYTimes 8-20-13 "Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty on Climate Change"

      Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty on Warming - NYTimes.com

      The panel found that human activity is almost certainly behind most temperature increases in recent decades.

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      Ralph Deeds 4 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      5-27-13NYTimes--"Geoengineering Our Last Hope or a False Promise?"

      Geoengineering - Our Last Hope, or a False Promise? - NYTimes.com

      We should not try to play God with the planet.

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      Ralph Deeds 4 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      5-18-13NYTimes EDITORIAL--Climate Warnings Growing Louder

      Climate Warnings, Growing Louder - NYTimes.com

      Given new evidence on carbon pollution, President Obama should get moving on global warming.

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      Ralph Deeds 4 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      5-15-13NYTimes Insurers Stray From Conservative Line on Climate Change

      Insurers Stray From the Conservative Line on Climate Change - NYTimes.com

      A new institute, financed by the insurance industry, not only believes in global warming but also supports a carbon tax to combat it.

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      Ralph Deeds 4 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      3-26-13WallStreetJournal "Common Ground on Energy and Climate"

      George Shultz, Tom Steyer Find Commoun Ground on Energy - WSJ.com

      Former Secretary of State George Shultz and leading Democratic activist and fundraiser Tom Steyer found common ground in a discussion with Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Gerard Baker at the Journal's ECO:nomics conference.

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      Ralph Deeds 4 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      3-8-13NYtimes--Global Temperatures Highest in 4,000 Years

      Global Temperatures Highest in 4,000 Years, Study Says - NYTimes.com

      The modern warming period is unique over a longer period than previously thought, according to research to be published in the journal Science.

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      Ralph Deeds 4 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      2-10-13NYTimes--"It's Not Easy Being Green" by David Leonhardt

      It’s Not Easy Being Green - NYTimes.com

      The strongest argument for a major government response to climate change is the obvious argument: climate change.

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      Ralph Deeds 4 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      1-8-13NYTimes "2012 Was the Hottest Year Ever"

      2012 Was Hottest Year Ever in U.S. - NYTimes.com

      Last year blew away the previous record, set in 1998, by a full degree Fahrenheit.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/09/science/earth/20...

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      Yeah, it happens sometimes ... Nothing special.

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      12-9-12NYTimes--Climate Talks Yield Commitment to Ambitious, but Unclear, Actions

      Climate Talks Yield Commitment to Ambitious, but Unclear, Actions - NYTimes.com

      Delegates agreed to extend the increasingly ineffective Kyoto Protocol and other unspecified actions to reduce emissions of climate-altering gases.

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      12-3-12AssociatedPress--3% Increase in Heat Trapping Emissions Last Year

      Climate Change Study Indicates Amount Of Heat-Trapping Pollution Rose By 3 Percent Worldwide Last Year

      WASHINGTON -- The amount of heat-trapping pollution the world spewed rose again last year by 3 percent. So scientists say it's now unlikely that global warming can be limited to a couple of degrees, which is an international goal.

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      11-25-12NYTimesOPINION "Is This the End?"

      Is This the End? - NYTimes.com

      Whether in 50 or 100 or 200 years, there’s a good chance that New York City will sink beneath the sea.

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      The Nation "If We Ignore Climate Change We're All On a Sinking Ship"

      If there was ever a response to Mitt Romney’s smug RNC laugh line about climate change--or to Obama’s failure to address it--Hurricane Sandy delivered.

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      11-9-12NYTimes--Climate Change Report Outlines Perils for U.S. Military

      Climate Change Report Outlines Perils for U.S. Military - NYTimes.com

      A study commissioned by the C.I.A. and other agencies says that the acceleration of climate change will place unparalleled strains on the American military and intelligence agencies in coming years.

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      9-19-12NYTimes--Arctic Sea Ice Sets a New Low That Leads to Warnings-Justin Gillis

      Arctic Sea Ice Melts More Rapidly than Forecast

      The melting of Arctic sea ice has ended for the year, but not before demolishing the previous record — and setting off new warnings about the rapid pace of change in the region... ice covered 24% of the surface compared to about half in the 1970s.

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      8-7-12NYTimes-Study Finds More of Earth is Hotter and Says Global Warming Is at Work

      Extreme Heat Is Covering More of the Earth, a Study Says - NYTimes.com

      Led by NASA’s James E. Hansen, the study said it was nearly certain that events like the 2011 Texas heat wave were caused by the human release of greenhouse gases.

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      8-7-12WallStreetJournal OPINION: "Fred Krupp: A New Climate Change Consensus"

      Fred Krupp: A New Climate-Change Consensus - WSJ.com

      In The Wall Street Journal, Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp writes that it's time for conservatives to compete with liberals to devise the best, most cost-effective climate solutions.

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      7-30-12NYTimes--"The Conversion of a Climate Change Skeptic" Richard A. Muller

      The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic - NYTimes.com

      The average land temperature on earth has risen 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit over the past 250 years — essentially all of it caused by human emission of greenhouses gases.

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      7-11-12NYTimes--Global Warming Makes Heat Waves More Likely, Study Finds

      Global Warming Makes Heat Waves More Likely, Study Finds - NYTimes.com

      Researchers around the world studied six extreme weather events. Some of the weather extremes bedeviling people around the world have become far more likely because of human-induced global warming, researchers reported on Tuesday.

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      7-3-12NYTimes "A Climate Scientist Battles Time and Mortality"

      Lonnie Thompson, Climate Scientist, Battles Time and Mortality - NYTimes.com

      Lonnie G. Thompson, one of the scientists who essentially discovered global warming, has for years climbed mountains to gather ice he examines for climatic changes.

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      5-9-12NYTimes OP-ED--"Game Over for the Climate" by James Hansen

      Game Over for the Climate--James Hansen, Director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies

      GLOBAL warming isn’t a prediction. It's happening. That's why I was troubled to read a comment by Pres. Obama that Canada would exploit the oil in its tar sands reserves “regardless of what we do." If Canada proceeds, and we do nothing, the game is over.

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Heartland According to Wikipedia

      The Heartland Institute - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      According to Wikipedia, Heartland has been funded by Koch, Scaife, Exxon-Mobil, the tobacco industry and pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer and Eli Lily.Heartland According to Wikipedia

      The Heartland Institute - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      The Heartland Institute: "Not all global warming alarmists are murderers and tyrants," after pulling Chicago billboard ad featuring Ted Kaczinski as a global warming believer.

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for the information on the meeting in Santa Cruz.

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      D Smith 5 years ago

      For those of you interested there is a group show exploring these topics this June (2012) with the USGS marine division in Santa Cruz. You can get more information on the show at www.earthscienceartsc.com It is a way to showcase the research as well as the artist interpretations of what they are learning from the scientists.

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      5-1-12NYTimes--Clouds, the Last Gasp of Climate Change Deniers

      Clouds’ Effect on Climate Change Is Last Bastion for Dissenters - NYTimes.com

      In recent years, climate change skeptics have seized on one last argument that cannot be so readily dismissed. Their theory is that clouds will save us.5-1-12NYTimes--Clouds, the Last Gasp of Climate Change Deniers

      Clouds’ Effect on Climate Change Is Last Bastion for Dissenters - NYTimes.com

      In recent years, climate change skeptics have seized on one last argument that cannot be so readily dismissed. Their theory is that clouds will save us.

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      San Francisco Fights Erosion as Coastal Cities Watch Closely - NYTimes.com

      Every few years, stormy surf grinds away at Ocean Beach, a 3.5-mile stretch on the Pacific Ocean, pulling huge amounts of sand out to sea.

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Rising Sea Levels a Growing Risk to Coastal U.S., Study Says - NYTimes.com

      Flooding that was once exceedingly rare could become an every-few-years occurrence, new research shows.

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Leaked documents from Heartland Institute, an organization known for attacking climate science, revealed a plot to undermine the teaching of global warming in public schools, the latest indication that climate change is becoming a part of the nation’s culture wars. Koch foundation is one of the organization's contributors.

      It is in fact not a scientific controversy. The vast majority of climate scientists say that emissions generated by humans are changing the climate and putting the planet at long-term risk, although they are uncertain about the exact magnitude of that risk. Whether and how to rein in emissions of greenhouse gases has become a major political controversy in the United States, however.

      The National Center for Science Education, a group that has had notable success in fighting for accurate teaching of evolution in the public schools, has recently added climate change to its agenda in response to pleas from teachers who say they feel pressure to water down the science.

      Mark S. McCaffrey, programs and policy director for the group, which is in Oakland, Calif., said the Heartland documents revealed that “they continue to promote confusion, doubt and debate where there really is none.”

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      TEA PARTY CONSPIRACY LOONIES FIGHT GREEN PROJECTS

      Suspicious of government initiatives, protesters linked to the Tea Party are denouncing all manner of measures they equate with a 1992 United Nations resolution, Agenda 21.

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Goodbye, Fish: Rising CO2 Direct Threat to Sea Life Common Dreams

      Research shows the disastrous consequences rising carbon dioxide levels are having on ocean life. Researchers from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook U documented how CO2 "drives fish crazy."

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      Ralph Deeds 5 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Politicians fiddle while climate related extreme weather events--floods, droughts, wildfires, tornadoes, heat waves-- increase in the US and around the world. A normal year in the US brings three or four billion dollar disasters. In 2011 there were a dozen such events costing an estimated $50 billion. Nevertheless the political climate for doing something about the changing climate is the worst in years. This is hampering critical research on climate change.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/25/science/earth/cl...

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      Ralph Deeds 6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thawing permafrost in the northern hemisphere is releasing huge amounts of methane from carbon trapped for 30,000 years in the ice.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/17/science/earth/wa...

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      Ralph Deeds 6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      12-12-11

      Climate Talks Bring Modest Agreement - NYTimes.com

      A conference in South Africa ended with the promise to work toward a new global treaty in coming years and the establishment of a new climate fund.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/12/science/earth/co...

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      Ralph Deeds 6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      2010 Carbon Dioxide Output Shows Biggest Jump Ever - NYTimes.com

      Emissions of CO2 from fossil-fuel burning jumped by 5.9% in 2010, upending the hope that a brief decline during the recession might persist...This solidified a trend of rising emissions that will make it hard to forestall severe climate change.

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      Ralph Deeds 6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      11-23-11

      The anonymous hacker who shook the world of climate science two years ago by posting a trove of stolen e-mails delivered a new batch on Tuesday, stirring up climate-change contrarians a little more than a week before global negotiations on greenhouse gases are to begin in Durban, South Africa.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/23/science/earth/ne...

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      Ralph Deeds 6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      WASHINGTON -- A prominent physicist and skeptic of global warming [financed by Koch] spent two years trying to find out whether mainstream climate scientists were wrong. In the end, he determined they were right: Temperatures really are rising rapidly.

      The study of the world's surface temperatures by Richard Muller was partially bankrolled by a foundation connected to global warming deniers. He pursued long-held skeptic theories in analyzing the data. He was spurred to action because of Climategate, a 2009 British scandal involving hacked e-mails of scientists.

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      Ralph Deeds 6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Republicans Against Science

      Mr. Perry, the governor of Texas, recently made headlines by dismissing evolution as “just a theory,” one that has “got some gaps in it” — an observation that will come as news to the vast majority of biologists. But what really got peoples’ attention was what he said about climate change: “I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects. And I think we are seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change.”

      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/29/opinion/republic...

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      Ralph Deeds 6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Sizzle Factor for a Restless Climate, NYTimes Op-ed

      Wake up, deniers! Time to recognize our climate ain't what she used to be.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/20/opinion/20cullen...

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      writeronline 6 years ago

      I'm sad to be reading this - not the hub itself, although the booklist below does rather give the game away.... I'm sad because I've just read the entire comments section and it supports exactly a point of view that I wrote a hub about recently. Specifically the quasi-religious certainty with which those who Truly Believe that global warming is all our fault, grandly dismiss those who hold a counter-view. My article's not full of science, or emotion, it just contains a few history-based observations of how often those who KNEW they were right; were wrong. Plus a quiet plea for a bit more respect for the views of others. We all share the one world, after all. Don't bother visiting if you're already mentally preparing your onslaught, but...

      http://hubpages.com/hub/Since-Climate-Change-Relie...

      Cheers

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      Ralph Deeds 6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      What's worse for the ocean than an oil spill? Global warming, of course.

      http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/19/wh...

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      Ralph Deeds 6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      The case about global warming scheduled to be argued on Tuesday before the Supreme Court is a blockbuster. Eight states — from California to New York, plus New York City — sued six corporations responsible for one-fourth of the American electric power industry’s emissions of carbon dioxide.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/19/opinion/19tue1.h...

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      Ralph Deeds 6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      But in the last few years, coffee yields have plummeted here and in many of Latin America’s other premier coffee regions as a result of rising temperatures and more intense and unpredictable rains, phenomena that many scientists link partly to global warming.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/10/science/earth/10...

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      Ralph Deeds 6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      New government figures for the global climate show that 2010 was the wettest year in the historical record, and it tied 2005 as the hottest year since record-keeping began in 1880.

      NYTimes 1-13-11

      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/13/science/earth/13...

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      braudboy 6 years ago from Long Beach, MS

      I dont have to be an expert in criminolgy to realize when someone is trying to reach in my pocket and take my money. I have written a hub on global warming, and I might just write another one. I dont mean to pester you.

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      Ralph Deeds 6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Wrong again. The amount of greenhouse gas pumped into the atmosphere and it's effect on the earth's temperature has been and is being scientifically measured. Denier opinion has been influenced by propaganda from Exxon, the Koch Brothers and the coal and electric power companies. They hired the same people who were financed by the cigarette companies to propagandize against the relationship between smoking and lung cancer. This is well documented. If you think your such an expert on climate why not get off your butt and write a hub explaining your theory instead of pestering me?

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      braudboy 6 years ago from Long Beach, MS

      Ralph, but how can a scientist determine if it is man or if it is just the normal fluctuations of our climate??? The answer is "They cannot"! They can theorize and guess. These scientist also need funding and isnt if funny that they seem to come to conslusions to the delight of the people funding them. I can say with certainty that I have raised the sea level if I jump into the ocean. It is a fact. But common sense tells me that the ocean can handle my disturbance and it will adjust. Yes, man has an effect on this earth, but the planet can handle anything we can dish out. These scientists are playing on fears of the weak and simple-minded and are being influenced by political forces who have targeted the ignorance of the left to gain power and influence. All you have to do is look at their actions. Al Gore is not trying to cut back his carbon footprint. He is trying to grow it and grow his wealth too, at the expense of idiots who would allow his con-game to continue.

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      Ralph Deeds 6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Of course there have been climate fluctuations throughout history, before the industrial revolution. Now, man made factors pushing us toward warming have been added to the equation. The effect of man mad factors (carbon emissions) could be canceled, accentuated or overwhelmed by age-old natural forces. Nobody can be sure what the future holds.

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      braudboy 6 years ago from Long Beach, MS

      Ralph, how you cannot see the political forces in play here is beyond me. But, if you will just expand your mind and think about all of the fluctuations in climate throughout history, (all before the industrial times of man), and ask the question....How did this happen. The reality is that climate is way,way,way, too big for scientists to examine in a scientific fashion. There is no ability to isolate and there are far too many variables and unknowns to produce anything more than theories and guesses. It also allows for alot of maneuvering and changes to make all weather conditions fall into their acceptance. This is very convenient when whatever happens, these clowns can say this is because of man's doings. The very gullible will believe!

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      Ralph Deeds 6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Wrong! 98% say that man-made green house gases have led to warming. It's true that they don't say that emissions are the sole determinant of climate for any given time or period. The climate is a result of external factors AND man made emissions. I find it hard to understand why deniers find it so hard to comprehend that climate change isn't an either/or matter of man made emissions or natural factors (sunspots, etc.). Think about it.

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      braudboy 6 years ago from Long Beach, MS

      98% might agree that there is climate change, but if you are telling me that it is proven that it is MAN-MADE global change, well, you have been lied to. This is the point where you have been snookered. It is totally unprovable and it sets up nicely for a wonderful con-game.

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      Ralph Deeds 6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Where've you been braudboy? Your constructive, erudite comments have been missed. You're right I'm gullible enough to believe what 98 percent of the climate scientists are saying. And you're gullible enough to believe what one or two percent are saying. I guess 'we'll have to agree to disagree. Thanks for your comment.

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      braudboy 6 years ago from Long Beach, MS

      Ralph....I am sure that you would have been a great candidate for snake-oil salesmen and other con-artists. How can you be so gullible and quick to swallow such a huge whopper of a lie as the whole "global warming" fiasco. Climates have changed and fluctuated over the history of the world and most of these changes have happened prior to man's industrial age. Dont try to think on that too hard as it will diminish your admiration for Al Gore as he slips his hand into all of our pockets.

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      Ralph Deeds 6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      All of this cold was met with perfect comic timing by the release of a World Meteorological Organization report showing that 2010 will probably be among the three warmest years on record, and 2001 through 2010 the warmest decade on record.

      How can we reconcile this? The not-so-obvious short answer is that the overall warming of the atmosphere is actually creating cold-weather extremes. Last winter, too, was exceptionally snowy and cold across the Eastern United States and Eurasia, as were seven of the previous nine winters.

      For a more detailed explanation, we must turn our attention to the snow in Siberia.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/26/opinion/26cohen....

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Nasa's top climate scientist Jim Hansen told a jury at the trial of 20 environmental activists that he had begun speaking out about climate change again in the past five years because of his grandchildren.

      [James Hansen, whose speech to Congress in 1988 is seen as pivotal in first bringing climate change to the

      world’s attention. Photograph: Melanie Patterson/AP Photos/The Daily Iowan]James Hansen, whose speech to Congress in 1988 is seen as pivotal in first bringing climate change to the world’s attention. Photograph: Melanie Patterson/AP Photos/The Daily Iowan

      "I did not want them to say: 'Pa you understood what was happening but you never made it clear'," the 69-year-old told the trial last Monday.

      The activists were found guilty of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass by the court today, and could now face suspended prison sentences.

      http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/12/14-0

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      The United Nations climate change conference began with modest aims and ended early Saturday with modest achievements. But while the measures adopted here may have scant near-term impact on the warming of the planet, the international process for dealing with the issue got a significant vote of confidence.

      Villagers rebuilt an embankment last year after Cyclone Alia near Satkhira, Bangladesh, one of the first countries to tap into a fund that helps poor states cope with and adapt to climate change.

      Envoys from more than 190 nations in Cancún were given a year to decide whether to extend the frayed Kyoto Protocol.

      The agreement fell well short of the broad changes scientists say are needed to avoid dangerous climate change in coming decades. But it lays the groundwork for stronger measures in the future, if nations are able to overcome the emotional arguments that have crippled climate change negotiations in recent years.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/12/science/earth/12...

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      NYTimes--11-14-10 Glaciers melt, seas rise.

      Scientists long believed that the collapse of the gigantic ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica would take thousands of years, with sea level possibly rising as little as seven inches in this century, about the same amount as in the 20th century.

      But researchers have recently been startled to see big changes unfold in both Greenland and Antarctica.

      As a result of recent calculations that take the changes into account, many scientists now say that sea level is likely to rise perhaps three feet by 2100 — an increase that, should it come to pass, would pose a threat to coastal regions the world over.

      And the calculations suggest that the rise could conceivably exceed six feet, which would put thousands of square miles of the American coastline under water and would probably displace tens of millions of people in Asia.

      The scientists say that a rise of even three feet would inundate low-lying lands in many countries, rendering some areas uninhabitable. It would cause coastal flooding of the sort that now happens once or twice a century to occur every few years. It would cause much faster erosion of beaches, barrier islands and marshes. It would contaminate fresh water supplies with salt.

      In the United States, parts of the East Coast and Gulf Coast would be hit hard. In New York, coastal flooding could become routine, with large parts of Queens and Brooklyn especially vulnerable. About 15 percent of the urbanized land in the Miami region could be inundated. The ocean could encroach more than a mile inland in parts of North Carolina.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/science/earth/14...

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      NYTimes 10-21-10--Global Warming Skepticism in the Tea Party

      “It’s a flat-out lie,” Mr. Dennison said in an interview after the debate, adding that he had based his view on the preaching of Rush Limbaugh and the teaching of Scripture. “I read my Bible,” Mr. Dennison said. “He made this earth for us to utilize.”

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      The Vanishing Islands--NPR Website

      Climate change is one of the major topics of discussion at the U.N. General Assembly this week. In a few small island countries, it's not some abstract, far-off concept: it's reality. The Seychelles Islands, for example, are sinking. The series of about 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Kenya, has been compared to the Garden of Eden. It's already seen the world's worst coral die-off and was mostly underwater after the 2004 tsunami. Some on the archipelago argue it will be completely submerged in 50 to 100 years. Seychelles' ambassador to the United Nations, Ronald Jumeau, talks about the immediate effects of climate change, and what his country is doing to prepare.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Doc, tnx for your comment. Speaking of politics, there was an excellent recent New Yorker article about all the mischief oil billionaire David Koch and his brother have caused wrt climate and a variety of other subjects. They have spent more than Exxon on climate change denial propaganda.

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      Doc Snow 7 years ago from Atlanta metropolitan area, GA, USA

      Hi, Ralph, it's been a while since I've stopped by. I'm glad to see that you've dealt with the UAC report. Some have tried to "spin" it a bit as well, but the recommendations seem basically, well, sensible suggestions to improve a working organization, not some kind of "judgement."

      Should be some interesting climate-related stories coming along soon; sea-ice minimum is coming soon, and will be at least the 3rd-lowest ever by extent, probably 2nd-lowest by area. So much for hopes of the "recovery" we heard so much about earlier this year. There's also an international conference about developing a way to make all weather stations useable for climate monitoring this month at Cambridge. And it will be very interesting to see how global temperatures develop as the El Nino earlier this year recedes further into the past; some denialists are predicting a dramatic cooling, but I suspect that's not in the cards.

      Then there's the politics. . . but I'm not sure I want to go there!

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      NYTimes 8-31-10

      The United Nations needs to revise the way it manages its assessments of climate change, with the scientists involved more open to alternative views, more transparent about possible conflicts of interest and more careful to avoid making policy prescriptions, an independent review panel said Monday.

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      The review panel also recommended that the senior officials involved in producing the periodic assessments serve in their voluntary positions for only one report — a statement interpreted to suggest that the current chairman of the climate panel, Rajendra K. Pachauri, step down.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/31/world/31nations....

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Good to hear from you jiberish. You're entitled to your opinion, but you should keep an open mind and read up on it a bit. Do you also believe President Obama is a secret Muslim born in Kenya?

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      jiberish 7 years ago from florida

      I'm sick of reading about Global Warmin, it's natural Climate Change, natural being the operative word. It's an exaggerated crisis to pass more laws and more taxes. Yes, we should control the amount of pollution, but Ralph, the World is not comming to an end!

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Pakistan, the country is actually on the verge of a critical shortage of fresh water. And water scarcity is not only a worry for Pakistan’s population — it is a threat to America’s national security as well.

      NYTimes op-ed 8-16-10

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Greenland Ice Sheet Faces 'Tipping Point in 10 Years'

      Scientists warn that temperature rise of between 2C and 7C would cause ice to melt, resulting in 23ft rise in sea level

      by Suzanne Goldenberg

      http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/08/11-1

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      NYTimes 7-8-10

      A British panel on Wednesday exonerated the scientists caught up in the controversy known as Climategate of charges that they had manipulated their research to support preconceived ideas about global warming.

      But the panel also rebuked the scientists for several aspects of their behavior, especially their reluctance to release computer files supporting their scientific work. And it declared that a chart they produced in 1999 about past climate was “misleading.”

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/08/science/earth/08...

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for your comment! The ignorance and dogmatic denial wrt global climate change is discouraging.

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      SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America

      Exceptionally well compiled Ralph!!! Don't believe worry accomplishes anything productive but making everyone aware is a huge step toward taking action. Some have said BP's recent disaster may have actually tapped into those emissions. Tough to tell if the dolphins, fish and birds are bleeding from inside from that or the more toxic "solution" to break up the oil. BP's priority, as usual, was the bottom line for them and I'm sure they were more than a little glad when it hit the courts for an excuse and reprieve from unproductivity. They didn't have a solution for prevention, yet everyone is looking to them to come up with one now - ridiculously futile - clearly they don't care. I believe you are suggesting the people take back control and I totally agree. It depresses me to see how few are willing to change a few minor habits toward less consumption and more synergistic self-sufficiency. There is a group now, growing exponentially like wildfire, able to make a huge difference with new bio-energetic technological advances, perhaps we can only hope to reach and touch one at a time for change. Personally, I believe until we join forces en masse for dramatic change implementations, its all a little too little, too late. Not to leave this comment on a note without hope, we're fanning the flames for the wildfire and most who join our team, all have an extreme sense of urgency!

      Thank you for writing this exceptional call to action through awareness - I will direct as many as I can to it!

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      You should stick to something you know something about like grass fed beef. :-)

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      JWestCattle 7 years ago from Texas

      I've just had a look at this so-called most comprehensive study ever, and it was only worth a quick scan of example chapters of their bogus brilliance.

      I found not one bit of new/original research that provides evidentiary support for climate change. It is nothing but a compilation and regurgitation with spin focused on forcing/supporting the United States to implement a carbon tax.

      And clearly it conveniently was released to provide timely pseudo-support for passage of a cap and trade bill.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      National Academy of Sciences Urges Climate Action

      In its most comprehensive study so far, the nation’s leading scientific body declared on Wednesday that climate change is a reality and is driven mostly by human activity, chiefly the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/20/science/earth/20...

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Here's a link to a must read article on the economics of dealing with global climate change by Nobel Prize economist Paul Krugman-

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/11/magazine/11Econo...

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Glacier National Park has lost two more of its namesake moving ice fields to climate change, which is shrinking the rivers of ice until they grind to a halt, a government researcher said Wednesday.

      Warmer temperatures have reduced the number of named glaciers in the northwestern Montana park to 25, said Dan Fagre, an ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He warned that the rest of the glaciers may be gone by the end of the decade.

      "When we're measuring glacier margins, by the time we go home the glacier is already smaller than what we've measured," Fagre said.

      From the Himalayas to Alaska, glacier melting has accelerated in recent decades as global temperatures increased. The melt-off shows the climate is changing, Fagre said.

      The park's glaciers have been slowly melting since about 1850, when the centuries-long Little Ice Age ended. They once numbered as many as 150, and 37 of those glaciers eventually were named.

      A glacier needs to be 25 acres to qualify for the title.

      If it shrinks any smaller, it does not always stop moving right away. A smaller mass of ice on a steep slope would continue to grind its way through the mountains but eventually disappears.

      The latest two to fall below the 25-acre threshold were Miche Wabun and Shepard. Each had shrunk by roughly 55 percent since the mid-1960s. The largest remaining glacier in the park is Harrison Glacier, at about 465 acres.

      Smaller glaciers and warmer temperatures could lower stream flows, which in turn prompt fishing restrictions and hobble whitewater rafting businesses, said Denny Gignoux, who runs an outfitting business in West Glacier. Tourism is a $1 billion-a-year industry in the area.

      The Rocky Mountain Climate Organization and Natural Resources Defense Council released a report Wednesday highlighting the threat to tourism of fewer glaciers. The report included an analysis of weather records that showed Glacier was 2 degrees hotter on average from 2000 to 2009, compared with 1950 to 1979.

      Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/04/08/MNIO1CR1UU.DTL#ixzz0kWyxuxtN

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      US Oil Company Donated Millions to Climate Sceptic Groups, Says Greenpeace

      Report identifies Koch Industries giving $73m to climate sceptic groups 'spreading inaccurate and misleading information'

      by John Vidal

      A Greenpeace investigation has identified a little-known, privately owned US oil company as the paymaster of global warming sceptics in the US and Europe.

      The environmental campaign group accuses Kansas-based Koch Industries, which owns refineries and operates oil pipelines, of funding 35 conservative and libertarian groups, as well as more than 20 congressmen and senators. Between them, Greenpeace says, these groups and individuals have spread misinformation about climate science and led a sustained assault on climate scientists and green alternatives to fossil fuels.

      [Greenpeace has identified Kansas-based oil firm Koch Industries as a multimillion funder of climate sceptic groups. (Photograph: David McNew/Getty images)]Greenpeace has identified Kansas-based oil firm Koch Industries as a multimillion funder of climate sceptic groups. (Photograph: David McNew/Getty images)

      Greenpeace says that Koch Industries donated nearly $48m (£31.8m) to climate opposition groups between 1997-2008. From 2005-2008, it donated $25m to groups opposed to climate change, nearly three times as much as higher-profile funders that time such as oil company ExxonMobil. Koch also spent $5.7m on political campaigns and $37m on direct lobbying to support fossil fuels.

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      http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/03/30-5

      In a hard-hitting report, which appears to confirm environmentalists' suspicions that there is a well-funded opposition to the science of climate change, Greenpeace accuses the funded groups of "spreading inaccurate and misleading information" about climate science and clean energy companies.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      NYTimes 3-30-10

      The debate over global warming has created predictable adversaries, pitting environmentalists against industry and coal-state Democrats against coastal liberals.

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      But it has also created tensions between two groups that might be expected to agree on the issue: climate scientists and meteorologists, especially those who serve as television weather forecasters.

      Climatologists, who study weather patterns over time, almost universally endorse the view that the earth is warming and that humans have contributed to climate change. There is less of a consensus among meteorologists, who predict short-term weather patterns. More:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/30/science/earth/30...

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      It would be an enormous relief if the recent attacks on the science of global warming actually indicated that we do not face an unimaginable calamity requiring large-scale, preventive measures to protect human civilization as we know it. Al Gore in the NYTimes 2-27-10

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/opinion/28gore.h...

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      A Small Price for a Large Benefit

      By ROBERT H. FRANK

      Published: February 20, 2010

      FORECASTS involving climate change are highly uncertain, denialists assert — a point that climate researchers themselves readily concede. The denialists view the uncertainty as strengthening their case for inaction, yet a careful weighing of the relevant costs and benefits supports taking exactly the opposite course.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/21/business/economy...

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Doc Snow, I agree. Thanks. Here's a link to the BBC Q & A--

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8511670....

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      Doc Snow 7 years ago from Atlanta metropolitan area, GA, USA

      The Daily Mail story linked above distorts what Dr. Jones said (deliberately so, in my opinion.) Asked whether the warming was statistically significant, he said that it just missed the 95% confidence level which is the standard. He added that significance is not necessarily to be expected over as short a time as 15 years.

      The story distorts this when it states there is no warming over that time; the reality is that we are 90% sure there was!

      To read the original BBC item, Google "Jones BBC Q & A."

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      NYTimes Editorial 2-17-09

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      Published: February 17, 2010

      Disclosures of isolated errors and exaggerations in the 2007 report from the United Nations panel on climate change do not undermine its main finding: that the planet has been warming gradually for more than a century and that human activity is largely responsible. But the misstatements have handed climate skeptics a public relations boost.

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      2-15-10 Currently, a few errors –and supposed errors– in the last IPCC report (“AR4?) are making the media rounds – together with a lot of distortion and professional spin by parties interested in discrediting climate science. Time for us to sort the wheat from the chaff: which of these putative errors are real, and which not? And what does it all mean, for the IPCC in particular, and for climate science more broadly?

      http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2010...

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for the link. The fiasco at East Anglia is a significant setback for the global warming scientists. It will be interesting to see how it shakes out.

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      Transparency? 7 years ago

      Looks like that Jimmy guy might be right! Phil Jones gets honest???

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1250872/Cl...

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Audi Green Diesel Best Commercial at the Superbowl.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq58zS4_jvM

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      Ralph Deeds 7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      China vaulted past competitors in Denmark, Germany, Spain and the United States last year to become the world’s largest maker of wind turbines, and is poised to expand even further this year.

      China has also leapfrogged the West in the last two years to emerge as the world’s largest manufacturer of solar panels. And the country is pushing equally hard to build nuclear reactors and the most efficient types of coal power plants.

      These efforts to dominate renewable energy technologies raise the prospect that the West may someday trade its dependence on oil from the Mideast for a reliance on solar panels, wind turbines and other gear manufactured in China.