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Re: “Can global warming or any science be corrupted by politics?

Speaking of climate politics, check out the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine for two excellent and timely articles on this topic.

“Planet Earth 911” addresses Big Oil and Big Coal’s lobbying campaign to block progress on global warming.

"As the World Burns” can be accessed free online at:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story

“The Climate Killers: Meet the 17 polluters and deniers who are derailing efforts to curb global warming” is the second article.

“The Climate Killers” can be accessed free online at:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story

Posted by Badgersouth on January 12, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Climate change and S.C. tourism

How do we know humans are the primary cause of the warming?

“A large body of evidence supports the conclusion that human activity is the primary driver of recent warming. This evidence has accumulated over several decades, and from hundreds of studies. The first line of evidence is our basic physical understanding of how greenhouse gases trap heat, how the climate system responds to increases in greenhouse gases, and how other human and natural factors influence climate.

“The second line of evidence is from indirect estimates of climate changes over the last 1,000 to 2,000 years. These estimates are often obtained from living things and their remains (like tree rings and corals) which provide a natural archive of climate variations. These indicators show that the recent temperature rise is clearly unusual in at least the last 1,000 years.

"The third line of evidence is based on comparisons of actual climate with computer models of how we expect climate to behave under certain human influences. For example, when climate models are run with historical increases in greenhouse gases, they show gradual warming of the Earth and ocean surface, increases in ocean heat content, a rise in global sea level, and general retreat of sea ice and snow cover. These and other aspects of modeled climate change are in agreement with observations."

Source: “Global Climate Change Indicators”, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Climatic Data Center

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/indicators/

Posted by Badgersouth on January 12, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Climate change and S.C. tourism

Speaking of climate politics, check out the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine for two excellent and timely articles on this topic.

“Planet Earth 911” addresses Big Oil and Big Coal’s lobbying campaign to block progress on global warming.

"As the World Burns” can be accessed free online at:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story…

“The Climate Killers: Meet the 17 polluters and deniers who are derailing efforts to curb global warming” is the second article.

“The Climate Killers” can be accessed free online at:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story…


Posted by Badgersouth on January 12, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Climate change and S.C. tourism

“Bottom line -- fast and simple? Three points:

1. Weather is not climate.

2. Manmade global warming means less frequent cold snaps (not none at all) and more frequent heat waves -- just as we've been having.

3. You know (don't you?) about the record high temperatures this week in Washington State, Alaska and Bulgaria in the Northern Hemisphere -- plus, down south, the record-breaking high temperatures in New Zealand, and the second hottest year on record (after 2005) in Australia? “

Source: “No, the Cold Doesn't Mean No Global Warming” ABC News, Jan 8, 2010

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/weather-c…

Posted by Badgersouth on January 12, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Can global warming or any science be corrupted by politics?

“As physicist and climate historian Spencer Weart told The Washington Post: ‘It's a symptom of something entirely new in the history of science: Aside from crackpots who complain that a conspiracy is suppressing their personal discoveries, we've never before seen a set of people accuse an entire community of scientists of deliberate deception and other professional malfeasance. Even the tobacco companies never tried to slander legitimate cancer researchers.’ Well, probably they did, but point taken.”

“There is, in fact, a climate conspiracy. It just happens to be one launched by the fossil fuel industry to obscure the truth about climate change and delay any action. And this release of emails right before the Copenhagen conference is just another salvo—and a highly effective one—in that public relations battle, redolent with the scent of the same flaks and hacks who brought you ‘smoking isn't dangerous.’ “

“Climate change cover-up? You better believe it” by David Biello, Scientific American, Nov 24, 2009.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/pos…

Posted by Badgersouth on January 9, 2010 at 1:51 PM

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