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Now Do You Believe in Global Warming?

Little Angel 2012/07/10 13:57:50

Back in February of 2010, Senator James
Inhofe's grandchildren built an igloo for Al Gore. Inhofe is an Oklahoma
Republican and the most skeptical of Congressional climate deniers;
he's the one who called global warming "the greatest hoax ever
perpetrated on the American people." The 2010 winter was one of the
snowiest in recent memory — including a massive blizzard that February
that became known as "Snowmageddon" — which skeptics like Inhofe happily
used as evidence that man-made climate change didn't really exist. So
Inhofe's daughter, son-in-law and four grandchildren built a snowpacked
igloo in Washington after one major storm, and stuck a sign on it: "Al
Gore's New Home."

Fast-forward a year and a half. The weather in Washington is
extreme again, but this time it's brutally hot, with the city in early
July setting a record for the most consecutive 95 F plus days in a row —
ten of them lined in a hyperthermic murderer's row. And the heat isn't
confined to the nation's capital; over the past few weeks, just about
every part of the country except for the Pacific Northwest has
experienced unusually high temperatures. The national weather map looks
like a U.S.-shaped burn mark. To environmentalists, the summer of 2012
is climate change in action — which led the green group 350.org to plan
an ice-based stunt of their own. Activists were going to build an ice
sculpture of the word "HOAX?" on July 7 in front of Capitol Hill, then
let it melt in Washington's triple-digit heat.

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In the end, 350.org decided not to go ahead with the
ice-melting event. (The group's executive director Bill McKibben
ultimately worried that the protest would be seen as insensitive given
the very real human toll of the heat wave.) But HOAX in ice and Al
Gore's igloo both underscore the way that the weather, more than
anything else, drives our belief in climate change — and our uneven
commitment to doing something about it. After the exceedingly mild
winter just past and a warm spring that started early, one Yale
University study found that 66% of Americans said they believe in
climate change, up from 57% in January 2010 — right in the middle of
that snowy winter. If we check in with the American public after another
snowmageddon, expect the figure to fall again.

But it's a mistake to look at climate change only through the
lens of public opinion polls, because what's happening right now in the
U.S. really is out of the ordinary — assuming that ordinary still
applies. More than 2 million acres have been burned in massive wildfires
in much of the West, more than 110 million people were living under
extreme heat advisories at the end of June and more than two-thirds of
the country is experiencing drought. Last month, 3,215 daily high
temperature records were set nationwide — and that's nothing compared to
the 15,000 set in March. The 12 months ending in May were the warmest
12 continuous months on record in the U.S. "What we see now is what
global warming really looks like," says Michael Oppenheimer, a climate
expert and a professor at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.
"The heat, the fires, these kinds of environmental disasters."




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This isn't to say that climate change is directly causing the extreme
heat that's been suffocating much of the U.S. this summer.
Fingerprinting a single extreme weather event as evidence of global
warming — be it a heat wave, a major storm, a drought or a flood — take
years of intensive study, though researchers are beginning to make those
connections. A 2011 study in Nature made waves by linking rising
instances of extreme precipitation in the second half of the 20th
century to man-made global warming — the kind of large-scale survey that
needs to be done to make the climate change case authoritatively. The
sheer number of factors that influence individual weather events is
immense. But we do have a pretty good idea of what climate change will
look like in the years to come — if it continues uninterrupted — and it
will look a lot like this summer, this spring and this winter. "The
frequency of hot days and hot periods has already increased and will
increase further," says Oppenheimer. "What we're seeing fits into the
pattern you would expect."

Here's what we should take away from the heat: climate change is
real and it's happening now. We can disagree about how to handle it, and
how much those policies might cost, but it's long past time to
surrender to the science. Perhaps this year of extreme heat will help
shake loose the forces blocking climate change action, though judging
from the near-complete absence of global warming as an issue on the
Presidential campaign trail, that hasn't happened yet. It had better
happen soon. We're living in an igloo in the summertime, and the ice is
melting all around us. Time to face facts.


Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2119129,00.htm...


I have believed in Global Warming for a very long time and
still do not understand those who don't believe. Do you
believe this is happening now? If you don't please explain
why.
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  • Steve 2012/07/11 14:06:25
    Steve
    +71
    Just because climate has changed in the past (over tens or hundreds of thousands of years) does not mean that Man isn't the cause of these dramatic changes over a few decades.

    Man ALONE has raised CO2 levels 40 percent in a century, that's indisputable. Also indisputable is the effect:
    Arctic ice

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  • ray 2012/07/25 19:31:29
    ray
    Nope.
  • Jerry 2012/07/22 04:45:24
    Jerry
    +3
    .........I'm very pleased that my answer to this posting has generated so much interest, over 30 responses, wonderful, I hope it has prompted enough interest that You now have bought and watched the DVD, or at least taken it out at Your local library. I've read Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth a few times now, and every time it stems interest in conversation with persons I know, or get to know, offline, it's great, people are now heeding the call, from Al Gore..........Our Planet is Precious, and We Need to Environmentally Protect It, or soon, there will be a Late, Great, Planet, Earth, instead of the Earth We are Living in Today......... thank you, for sharing Your thoughts with me........and keep sharing with others, wherever You are, online and offline.......... ;-)
  • Katie1234 2012/07/18 02:53:13
    Katie1234
    +1
    NO it was all made up to help Al gore.
  • Jerry 2012/07/13 08:23:17
    Jerry
    +38
    .......... Read the Book, An Inconvenient Truth, and also, buy the documentary DVD by the same name.........it spells it out clearly, .........Global Warming, is definitely, Not, a myth...........
  • RogerCoppock 2012/07/12 22:33:35 (edited)
    RogerCoppock
    +41
    What I do or do not believe has nothing to do with it.
    IT IS A MEASURED FACT THAT,
    THE GLOBAL MEAN NEAR SURFACE TEMPERATURE IS WARMING.

    Thousands of conventional weather stations record that warming.
    GLB Ts dSST jpg
    (Please click on the graph to enlarge it.)

    Weather balloons see the warming when they are launched.
    Angell jpg
    (Please click on the graph to enlarge it.)

    Satellites carrying Microwave Sounding Units see the warming.
    RSS MSU jpg
    (Please click on the graph to enlarge it.)

    That warming is not decreasing.
  • Gloria 2012/07/12 14:45:38
  • MJ 2012/07/12 14:11:53
    MJ
    +4
    I believe it
  • Pm 2012/07/11 18:10:53
    Pm
    depending on which point of reference you use.
    From 2000 years ago, the Earth has cooled. From 200 or 100 it has slightly warmed. Its a natural fluctuation.
    http://www.uni-mainz.de/eng/1...
  • Steve 2012/07/11 14:06:25
    Steve
    +71
    Just because climate has changed in the past (over tens or hundreds of thousands of years) does not mean that Man isn't the cause of these dramatic changes over a few decades.

    Man ALONE has raised CO2 levels 40 percent in a century, that's indisputable. Also indisputable is the effect:
    Arctic ice
  • Rohit 2012/07/11 10:27:15
    Rohit
    +8
    Yes i do.Everything is getting warmer.
  • 2sly 2012/07/11 09:25:38
  • Katie1234 2sly 2012/07/18 02:55:57
    Katie1234
    yeah i saw something on Fox where the eqautor has been warming slightly seen the earth started. apparently liberals and Al gore didnt take this into consideration..
  • sjalan 2012/07/11 07:27:18
    sjalan
    +3
    Yes even taking into account the long term cooling, yes man has done extreme damage to the planet to the extent he has altered the normal climate of the planet
  • T A 2012/07/11 05:48:35 (edited)
    T A
    It doesn't matter. Let's assume that every piece of doom and gloom is 100% true and we're all going to die if we don't do something drastic.

    Government education has deteriorated decade after decade. Poverty has increased decade after decade despite government's war on poverty. Despite the Drug War, drug use has continued as strongly as ever. Despite the creation of the League of Nations, there was WWII. Despite the UN's existence there have been at least 156 recognized wars. Despite the EPA the US government is the single largest polluter in the nation.

    So with all that in mind, why would we entrust anything to these lying, thieving scumbags and what in the world could convince you that the government can fix anything, let alone the weather.

    If you want to do something about it, you're going to have to do something other than ask the government to help. They aren't a solution, they are a problem. Do something useful on election day, recycle your ballot.
  • Kane Fernau 2012/07/11 03:53:38
    Kane Fernau
    82 in the middle of July is cool in Nashville TN.
  • Nimitz 2012/07/11 01:03:46
    Nimitz
    +1
    Global warming/'climate change' is real. What causes it, and to what degree, is another question entirely.
  • Rogue_Loner 2012/07/11 01:02:10
  • RogerCo... Rogue_L... 2012/07/12 22:39:07
    RogerCoppock
    Ok, then, stupid, ignorant hillbilly.

    You didn't consider rates. Global warming is happening several orders of magnitude faster than evolution. Global warming operates on century time scales. For humans to evolve gills would take millions of years.

    1000000 years divide by 100 years is 10000.
  • Rogue_L... RogerCo... 2012/07/13 12:48:35
  • Mr Bob 2012/07/10 23:47:00
    Mr Bob
    +3
    NO.
    It's a billion+ year-old natural cycle.
    Money hungry pigs like Algore are doing what they can to rob us blind holding the "global warming" gun to our heads.
    If you believe in global warming, you better start watching out for man/bear/pig!!!!
    I'm totally cereal!!!!!!
  • RogerCo... Mr Bob 2012/07/12 22:41:45 (edited)
    RogerCoppock
    Nope, global warming is definitely not natural. Satellite infrared spectrophotometry shows CO2 and Methane and other human gas emissions are responsible for it. Carbon Dioxide, or CO2, and Methane, or CH4, each have different infrared spectra. Satellites recording the infrared spectra of our planet's atmosphere can tell how much infrared energy each gas in our atmosphere traps. The fraction of Earth's greenhouse effect from CO2, CH4, and many other gases is therefore directly measurable. These measurements have been taken for more than three decades, now. Please see:

    http://www.nature.com/nature/...
  • Ol'Dave 2012/07/10 21:48:09
    Ol'Dave
    +3
    I DON'T believe in Global Warming, as defined by Al Gore!!! I believe in PLANETARY/SOLAR CYCLES. According to the GEOLOGICAL RECORD Alaska has been TROPICAL & the site of present day NYC has been covered by an estimated mile of ICE!!
  • RogerCo... Ol'Dave 2012/07/12 22:43:01 (edited)
    RogerCoppock
    Global warming is definitely not natural. Satellite infrared spectrophotometry shows CO2 and Methane and other human gas emissions are responsible for it. Carbon Dioxide, or CO2, and Methane, or CH4, each have different infrared spectra. Satellites recording the infrared spectra of our planet's atmosphere can tell how much infrared energy each gas in our atmosphere traps. The fraction of Earth's greenhouse effect from CO2, CH4, and many other gases is therefore directly measurable. These measurements have been taken for more than three decades, now. Please see:

    http://www.nature.com/nature/...
  • voice_matters 2012/07/10 19:49:54
    voice_matters
    +1
    after reading all the comments on this thread it is clear this is nothing more than another lib thread that ignores the facts. majority of the comments on this thread is ignorant libs spewing their hate. why is it that libs can never show facts. oh yes like i already said they are too ignorant to accept the facts that the earth is warmer today than 100 years ago. thus ignorant libs global warming is true according to the facts.
  • gaylehelen 2012/07/10 19:47:51
    gaylehelen
    You didn't need to go on so long to make your point.
  • voice_matters 2012/07/10 19:45:29
    voice_matters
    i know what the facts say, and they say that the earth is warmer today than 100 years ago
  • jere.chievres 2012/07/10 18:37:54
    jere.chievres
    +3
    Hell no, weather is cyclic.
  • marianne jere.ch... 2012/07/10 20:04:27
  • TerryAgee 2012/07/10 18:06:15
    TerryAgee
    +3
    Yes I do my friend!
  • Beck∞♥☮♫♫♫∞ 2012/07/10 17:47:13
    Beck∞♥☮♫♫♫∞
    +3
    Always have!
  • Max 2012/07/10 16:28:37
    Max
    +2
    It is pretty warm outside even though it's July but, I manage that with a cold Miller light and my air conditioner on medium speed.
  • Space Invader 2012/07/10 16:24:33
    Space Invader
    +8
    I do not believe it..anything that has Al Gore's name attached to it can not be good;

    and if a fools game to even play it...
  • Morning... Space I... 2012/07/10 17:10:46
    Morningstar
    +4
    of course you wouldn't believe it space because you are a extremist right-winger who doesn't believe in science!
  • Space I... Morning... 2012/07/10 17:31:06
    Space Invader
    +7
    No; I was a science major; dillweed; I believe in Science;as far as it goes; but I know Al Gore;personally...the man has come unglued; why did Tipper leave? Because she know it; she knows the lie; she knows he's a lie and a terribly jealous and viscous man....you hang your hat on HIM?

    Now you know..it is all a lie.............
  • john Kills 2012/07/10 16:04:56
    john Kills
    +5
    Sure, it ended the last ice age. The earth goes through cycles of heating and cooling. Did you also know that this year is a historical record for solar flare activity which is responsible for higher temps and radiation levels? Winter before this past was one of the coldest and worst snowfalls in history and the global warming community said that warming causes cooling. LMAO! Yes, global warming is real but, the heating up and cooling off of the earth is a natural cycle and not cause by man.
  • fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust" 2012/07/10 15:54:20
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    +6
    Global Climate Change is real. It has been going on for eons.

    Man's effect on it, IMHO is minimal at best. Us changing our habits will have little to no effect on Global Climate Change.*

    Just look to Al Gore. Two years ago bought a $9 million villa by the sea. He does not seem concerned that it will be underwater. http://www.huffingtonpost.com...

    * Of course I would prefer cleaner air and water as well as efficient reuse of resources not because I think we could stop climate change but because it makes sense.
  • RogerCo... fuzzy K... 2012/07/12 22:44:37 (edited)
    RogerCoppock
    Global warming is definitely not natural. Satellite infrared spectrophotometry shows CO and Methane and other human gas emissions are responsible for it. Carbon Dioxide, or CO2, and Methane, or CH4, each have different infrared spectra. Satellites recording the infrared spectra of our planet's atmosphere can tell how much infrared energy each gas in our atmosphere traps. The fraction of Earth's greenhouse effect from CO2, CH4, and many other gases is therefore directly measurable. These measurements have been taken for more than three decades, now. Please see:

    http://www.nature.com/nature/...
  • fuzzy K... RogerCo... 2012/07/13 13:11:50
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    CO2 and methane are naturally occurring gasses. In fact, methane is the most abundant organic compound on earth. The production of methane is an important and widespread form of microbial metabolism. In most environments, it is the final step in the decomposition of biomass.
    As the earth warms biomass that was covered by ice is uncovered and releases both CO2 and methane.
    The article you linked states "The evolution of the Earth's climate has been extensively studied and a strong link between increases in surface temperatures and greenhouse gases has been established." This does NOT sat that one is responsible for the other.

    So what could cause the Earth's temperatures to rise causing more greenhouse gasses to be released into the atmosphere? What was responsible for the other times of Global Warming before man? Here's a hint:

    sun eartth
  • RogerCo... fuzzy K... 2012/07/13 19:11:28
    RogerCoppock
    +1
    "CO2 and methane are naturally occurring gasses."

    But the recent increase in concentrations of these gases is entirely anthropogenic.


    The sun is quite clearly not the cause of the recent warming. Solar irradiance has recently slightly fallen, while Earth's near surface temperatures have risen. See my other posts to this thread for more details.
  • fuzzy K... RogerCo... 2012/07/16 13:33:47
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    This is a chicken/egg controversy.

    So why have global temperatures remained stagnant in the past 10 years?

    Why did Mars also experience global warming?

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