The Japanese Society of Energy and Resources (JSER) has published a new study on the causes of Global Warming. Entitled, "Global warming: What is the scientific truth?”, the report highlights the differing views of five prominent Japanese scientists.
All but one of the scientists disagreed that global warming is the result of human activity.
Contributing to the report were Syunichi Akasofu, professor emeritus at the University of Alaska, and former director of the Fairbanks Geophysical Institute and the International Arctic Research Center, Shigenori Maruyama, professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Kiminori Itoh, professor of Physical Chemistry at Yokohama National University, Seita Emori, head of the National Institute for Environmental Sciences, and Kanya Kusano, director of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC).
While all the researchers agreed with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) statement that "warming of the climate system is unequivocal", four of the five disagreed with the claim that the primary cause of the increase was due to anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases. The only researcher to agree with the IPCC's assertion was Emori, who is himself a member of the IPCC.
Akasofu countered with the statement, "CO2 emissions have been increasing, but the rise in air temperature stopped around 2001. Climate change is due in large part to naturally occurring oscillations". Akasofu says the earth's warming trend began prior to the industrial age, and believes much of the warming seen may simply be a natural recovery from the so-called Little Ice Age, that ended in the 17th century.
Professor Itoh attacked the temperature record itself, saying "Data taken by the U.S. is inadequate. We only have satellite data of global temperatures from 1979 onwards". Itoh, who has previously called global warming "the worst scientific scandal in history", is also an expert reviewer for the IPCC.
Dr. Kasano believes that cosmic rays, which are modulated by cycles in the strength of the sun's magnetic fields, may potentially have large-scale impacts on the earth's climate.
The report includes the data in which the researchers base their arguments, and can be publicly viewed (in Japanese) on the Internet.
quote: The next 4 years are going to drastically alter the US.
quote: Not to mention drastically worse medical care. All in the name of saying that everyone has coverage
quote: I find this a rather satisfying thought. Are you honestly of the opinion that the results of the last 8 years were really that good?
quote: You seem to think there is little wrong with the U.S. health care system
quote: I do believe that France has what is considered to be socialized health care- and they seem to be doing better than us in terms of preventable deaths.
quote: You have obviously never been to a french hospital. Finest medical care and most advanced medical technology in the world.
quote: Having bigger and better doesn't mean a lot if its only accessible to the better of and the lower class cant even get in to the door
quote: And try going to a doctor in France for a routine physical, dental exam, vision exam...even a broken arm. If you don't mind sitting room in a sling for 6 months, then France is perfect for you. After all, you probably won't die...it'll just suck.
quote: then France is perfect for you
quote: But, even with that, one of the reasons the French medical system is considered to be better is pre-emptive care. They do not wait for their patients to get seriously ill before they're treated like in the United States, their citizens get better preemptive care than even insured people do in the United States.
quote: ...but its still far superior to any other health care system in existence.
quote: So care to explain why people come from all over the world to get treatment in the US? Why doctors from Canada and Britain are coming to the US in droves?
quote: No one has the right to force a doctor to spend his time treating them for nothing.
quote: While I do think that having illegally entered our country should have some consequence, I just can't think of a single feasible way to accomplish that.
quote: I don't understand why so many conservatives are so xenophobic,
quote: We can do a far better job as a country tracking, taxing, and regulating immigrants if they are legal.
quote: Make them? As in slavery?
quote: This is a moot point. People are advocating a health care system which does not reject even insured people for what an insurance case auditor claims as "a previously existing condition" which insurance is not responsible for in spite of the fact that they are paid to be responsible for it. The free market system of health has failed to bring us this or better care.
quote: There might be some rich people in other countries coming here, but the prohibitive costs of our health care system rules out these "droves" you speak of by default.
quote: Comparing elective and necessary procedures is apples and oranges. Why is medicine cheaper in Mexico.
quote: Then how come when I got guardianship of my nephew he was instantly covered for all conditions?
quote: This is simply to prevent people from not having or getting the cheapest insurance possible then switching as soon as they get sick.
quote: At one point hospitals in Canada were flying pregnant women to small towns in Montana to deliver because they did not have enough beds and doctors. I have read many articles about people spending there nest egg to get scans done in US because they did not want to risk the wait in Canada. Trust me I know. An early scan can be the difference between life and death. And, they were/are prevented by law from having private insurance.
quote: You seem to think there is little wrong with the U.S. health care system- The Commonwealth Fund seems to disagree with your assertion.
quote: For a small dose of reality, the term "medical tourism" is nearly unknown to most Americans.
quote: Of the top 25 hospitals in the world, 24 of them are in the USA. I think that says something about quality of health care:
quote: No one goes to Mexico to get better care, they do it to save money.
quote: Of the top 25 hospitals in the world, 24 of them are in the USA
quote: In socialized systems, though, medical tourists are willing to pay extra, to get services that in their own nation are either wholly unavailable, or of poor quality.
quote: Sure, in a black and white world where everyone can get employment [our] health care system *would* be the best"
quote: Hospitals in the United States are of course top notch. No one argued otherwise I'm talking about the availability and the quality of care
quote: Let's be honest here. The availability is the real issue with which you
quote: And when someone cannot get employment, you would force others to pay their bills? That's no more than slavery. The fact that the wage slave may have a higher income than his jobless master doesn't change this basic fact.
quote: The very best of health care is always readily available in the US. Only when you redefine the term to mean "it's available and someone's given me the money to pay for it"
quote: Don't use medical care as a proxy for the real issues you want to advance.
quote: The only researcher to agree with the IPCC's asserting was Emori, who is himself a member of the IPCC.
quote: Who cares if you believe in global warming or not, the fact is doing what they ask saves you money so stop being so damn hard headed.
quote: because in America we have a thing called 'choice'.
quote: Furthermore, such measures result in a permanent increase in the cost of energy, and everything which depends on it. . . which is pretty much every product, good, and service produced.
quote: Higher prices could also be controlled if our government wasn't so intent on increasing the minimum wage every few years. All it ever does is cost people jobs and raise prices. They've had it go up every year for the past 3 years. They do it to say "we're helping people earn more money".
quote: Regardless, I see nothing wrong with reducing exhaust outputs or turning off lights if that is what a person WANTS to do, but it should not be legislated.
quote: we are running out of resources(fossil fuels anyway)
quote: alot of kids do have asthma that live in cities
quote: before so if you live in a hurricane prone area there is a good chance it will "take your house"
quote: And i fail to see why being more efficient is a bad thing?
quote: Why would we want to use a 100 watt bulb when we can use a 14 watt bulb with the same brightness
quote: why would we drive a car with 10 mpg when we can drive one with 50?
quote: why would we drive a car with 10 mpg when we can drive one with 50?
quote: If you could get the same computer and same performance in 20W compared to 400W, you would be stupid not to
quote: Ok and we are running out of resources(fossil fuels anyway)
quote: hurricanes are more frequent now then before
quote: hy would we drive a car with 10 mpg when we can drive one with 50
quote: compost, recycle everything, ride bikes to work and hold hands in the village centre
quote: They are simply asking us to not be so wasteful
quote: Everything they suggest ends up saving you money anyway so quit your bitching.
quote: And i'm sure some do who live the most remote parts of the world. Next, you'll tell me that the AIDS virus is more easily contracted by those who use LG cell phones instead of Motorola's.
quote: hurricanes are more frequent now then before so if you live in a hurricane prone area there is a good chance it will "take your house"
quote: driving your car around all over the place for no reason
quote: The only researcher to agree with the IPCC's asserting was Emori, who is himself a member of the IPCC .
quote: > "you don't think that putting billions of tons of CO2 and other GHG into our atmosphere would affect it?"
quote: some day, you'll wake up and find your house under water cause all the fucking ice melted
quote: The global warming pushers have always shown their precious data starting in the early 1800's.
quote: Why can't we just respect others' opinions?
quote: Kind of hard to respect the opinion of "good riddance nig#$@!, should have known not to live below sea level in the first place"
quote: People on the Internet act like their opinions are sacred rights free from rebuttal.
quote: All opinions can't, and shouldn't, be respected.
quote: Some people have to be right, and some people wrong, or this world simply wouldn't make any sense.
quote: I'm trying to think of who you remind me more of. My mother or my third grade teacher.
quote: Dr. Kasano believes that cosmic rays, which are modulated by cycles in the strength of the sun's magnetic fields, may potentially have large-scale impacts on the earth's climate.