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The Second Largest Lake in Bolivia, Lake Poopó, is Gone: Is Global Warming to Blame?

Updated on January 16, 2016

Lake Poopó is Gone

Where Lake Poopó once sat, is now an empy lakebed of cracked terrain. Reuters reported on December 17, 2015, that the lake had only .0001% of surface water remaining. (Source: Reuters)

Lake Poopó in Recent times

The site of Lake Poopó is in the Andes mountains, and routinely experienced fluctuating water levels. As recently as the 1990's, the lake held as much as 772 square miles of water. It even had its fair share of droughts, but never did it dry completely out -- until now. Rain has diminished in recent years, causing the lake to recede to record low levels, until December 2015, when it completely disappeared off of the face of the Earth.

Environmentalists are Quick to Cite Global Warming

Many environmentalists quickly blame global warming and climate change for the disappearance of Lake Poopó, as it directly affects the economy of 8 surrounding municipalities in the country of Bolivia. But is there enough proof to say that it is truly caused by global warming (as we know it), or could it just be a dry spell and a period of drought over a span of decades?

Lake Poopó in 1991 & 2006

Aerial photo of Lake Poopó in 1991
Aerial photo of Lake Poopó in 1991 | Source
Photo of Lake Poopó in 2006
Photo of Lake Poopó in 2006 | Source

COP21 Climate Summit

COP21 Graphic; China & the US
COP21 Graphic; China & the US | Source

About the COP21 Climate Change Conference

The World Must Pay...

Bolivia Demands Payment for the World's actions

Interesting enough, Bolivia is among a list of developing countries that is seeking punitive damages from industrialized countries "causing climate change". Leaders from many countries came together in Paris, France Nov. 30 - Dec. 11 at COP21 conference, which discusses the world climate crisis. The countries at the top of the list for greenhouse gases are #1 China, and #2 United States. (Source: Wikipedia)

At COP21, the Community of Latin American and Carribbean States (CELAC) urged world leaders to hold the world's global warming between 1.5 to 2 * Celcius (max.), as to not send the world into an unrecoverable state.

Do you think that the countries of the world can "control" climate change?

NASA Satellites Measure Ice for Climate Change

2015 Antarctic Sea Ice
2015 Antarctic Sea Ice | Source

NASA Antartctic Sea Ice Video

NASA Data Analyzed for the Polar Ice Caps

According to this May 2015 Forbes article, NASA satellite instruments have been measuring the Earth's polar ice caps since 1979. The startling discovery for most global warming advocates here is that the polar ice caps have remained above the 1979 average, until 2012. Since then, it has receded about 10%.

Al Gore predicted that the Arctic ice cap could completely disappear by 2014. That prophecy did not come true, and not even close, which is one very good reason why I am still skeptical that global warming is a thing.

Scientists that Believe that Climate Change is a Result of Natural Processes, rather than Human Activities

Scientist Name
Sallie Baliunas
retired astrophysicist
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Khabibullo Abdusamatov
astrophysicist at Pulkovo Observatory
Russian Academy of Sciences
Timothy Ball
historical climatologist
University of Winnipeg
Robert M. Carter
former head of the school of earth sciences
James Cook University
Ian Clark
University of Ottawa
Chris de Freitas
associate professor, School of Geography, Geology, and Env. Science
University of Auckland
David Douglass
solid-state physicist, professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Rochester
Don Easterbrook
emeritus professor of geology
Western Washington University
William M. Gray
professor emeritus and head of the Tropical Meteorology Project
Colorado State University
William Happer
professor emeritus, physicist specializing in optics and spectroscopy
Princeton University
Ole Humlum
professor of geology
University of Oslo
Wibjörn Karlén
professor emeritus of geography and geology
University of Stockholm
William Kininmonth
frmr delegate to the World Meteorological Organization Commission for Climatology
David Legates
associate professor of geography and director of the Center for Climatic Research
University of Delaware
Anthony Lupo
professor of atmospheric science
University of Missouri
Tad Murty
oceanographer; Departments of Civil Engineering and Earth Sciences
University of Ottawa
Tim Patterson
paleoclimatologist and professor of geology
Carleton University in Canada
Ian Plimer
professor emeritus of mining geology
University of Adelaide
Murry Salby
atmospheric scientist
Macquarie University and University of Colorado
Nicola Scafetta
research scientist in the physics department
Duke University
Fred Singer
professor emeritus of environmental sciences
University of Virginia
Willie Soon
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Roy Spencer
meteorologist; principal research scientist
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Henrik Svensmark
Danish National Space Center
Jan Veizer
environmental geochemist, professor emeritus
University of Ottawa
Just a few (but not all) prominent scientists that do not believe humans are not responsible for climate change but is rather naturally occurring as a global cycle. Source: Wikipedia

Views of the Author on Climate Change

Disclaimer: The author of this article does not hold climate change as 100% science fact, as there are experts on both sides of the issue. There are legitimate scientists, professors, and intellectuals in the science field that do not agree with the climate change hysteria, and resulting regulations derived from it.

However, the author did intend to pose the information presented in this article as factual and unbiased as possible. The author also believes that humans should be good stewards of the Earth, preserving human, plant, and animal life for future generations.

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      zeke2100 2 years ago

      Thanks for the comment, HSchneider.

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      Howard Schneider 2 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      I do believe that global warming or climate change exists and is threatening our planet. Whether or not it caused the disappearance of this lake is still a question. There can be many factors but I would not be surprised if global warming is one. The vast majority of scientists believe without doubt that it exists and the continuation of record setting warm years reinforces this. Excellent Hub, Zeke.