A recurring theme in my past
columns is that a moderate degree of global warming is likely to
be beneficial to mankind. Al Gore, on the other hand, says climate
change is already causing catastrophic results. In testimony
before Congress last March, he stated, "droughts are [already]
becoming longer and more intense". But the findings
of a group of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers say
The scientists, led by Gemma Narisma, examined 100 years of global
rainfall data. Using sophisticated wavelet analysis methods, they
identified 30 cases of severe droughts lasting 10 or more years. The
results showed the number of droughts dropping sharply over time.
From 1900-1920, seven droughts, another seven from from 1920-1940,
and eight from 1940-1960. But after that, the picture changes. In the
period 1960-1980, only five droughts were recorded, and from
1980-2000 (the warmest period of all), only three occurred.
Furthermore, of the most severe droughts, none began in the last 30
The researchers found another surprising result. Changes in
rainfall levels are not only much more common than previously
thought, but they tend to occur in a very abrupt, unexplained manner.
More proof that climate change is part of nature.
The work represents the first systematic survey of abrupt climate
changes that have occurred in recent history. Professor Johnathan
Foley, who also participated in the research, says the study is
important, "because previous work largely focused on ancient
climates or theoretical changes in future climates".The
findings are published in Geophysical Research Letters.
quote: It is unlikely to go too far in one direction.
quote: Why worry about things that are not under our (man's) control?
quote: I think claims of having to abandon "the entire coastline" of a nation are a bit over the top.
quote: If one looks at the overall history of the planet, permanent polar ice caps are a rare phenomena
quote: Do you suggest we should interfere with this natural process and prevent nature from taking its course?
quote: However, if you look at the history of the planet during which humans thrived, I think you'll find polar ice caps quite common.
quote: if you really cared about species and the planet, you'd be more concerned with pollution and habitat loss than anything.
quote: We know there was a mini ice age in Europe in the 1800's, and I'm sure there were animals that went regionally or totally extinct from that, and that wasn't human fault at all.
quote: Given that even the alarmist IPCC is predicting only a ~25 centimeter rise in sea level over the next 100 years, I think claims of having to abandon "the entire coastline" of a nation are a bit over the top.
quote: I HATE this argument, which someone always seems to make. The plague killing millions of people was a natural process, but no one is going to argue that we should let it go on. People change nature all the time for our own benefit.
quote: The plague killing millions of people was a natural process, but no one is going to argue that we should let it go on.
quote: It is very egotistical to think we aren't just another animal on this planet.
quote: We humans are the only ones to come up with all sorts of things
quote: Mother nature changes constantly, this destroys old species that can't adapt to make way for new species that can.
quote: Today humans can to some extent cheat the evolution system and provide vaccine's and technology to keep us alive even when naturally we would die.
quote: We may be capable of many things, but thinking you can beat mother nature is laughable at best.
quote: If global warming truly is happening
quote: To be more precise, it invalidates the theory that warming is causing more serious droughts.
quote: “Estimates of the CO2 in the atmosphere then were between six and 10 times greater than they are today,” Frasier states. The largest continuous volcanic eruption on Earth – known as the “Siberian Traps” – had been pumping out CO2 for about a million years prior to the Permian-Triassic mass extinction
quote: and who knows what real beneficial impact...
quote: everything is pointing at co2 for the last mass extiction
quote: No you myopic ass
quote: to me he is the guy from the thank you for smoking movie, just insert global warming is a myth instead of smoking
quote: the fact that the Bush administration is hostile to global warming studies has resulted in a lack of funding for the studies.
quote: Nearly half said that they took steps to either lower their profile or to change the language in their projects to disguise those qualities that would attract criticism. As one scholar told Kempner of the change, “I do not study sex workers. I study women at risk.”
quote: Not to mention Bush's support for the biofuel sham.
quote: Sure, it's a great idea if you don't have to buy food, or care about silly things like a return on energy invested.
quote: Until it's vastly more efficient and can be made with industrial processes that doesn't involve arable land, it's a sham. A sham that farmers will wage a fierce political war, I might add, to perpetuate, as they've literally bet the farm in many communities on the success of this sham.
quote: Environmentalism is the religion of choice for urban atheists...If you look carefully, you see that it is in fact a perfect 21st century remapping of traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths.There's an initial Eden, a paradise, a state of grace and unity with nature, there's a fall from grace into a state of pollution as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge, and as a result of our actions there is a judgment day coming for us all.We are all energy sinners, doomed to die, unless we seek salvation, which is now called sustainability. Sustainability is salvation in the church of the environment. Just as organic food is its communion, that pesticide-free wafer that the right people with the right beliefs, imbibe.
quote: Wouldn't "extreme environmental groups" be "radical and militant" by definition?
quote: Your belief in AGW is clearly based on emotion, not logic.
quote: Tom, you really cannot believe that we can dump billions of metric tons of volatile organic compounds into our air and water without any detrimental effects on the environment, can you?
quote: OK, let's keep this in perspective - CO2 is the target of the AGW enthusiasts, not "volatile organic compounds"
quote: The emotion comes in because we are taught by the "green" types that we should feel guilty any time we use our car, turn on a light, take a shower, or throw away a piece of garbage - since by these types of actions we are "destroying the environment."
quote: since by these types of actions we are "destroying the environment."
quote: It's time we got past this irrational fear of AGW and focus our efforts on something more useful. Let's work on improving education, eliminating poverty, combatting terrible diseases like AIDS, bringing electricity to where it is lacking, etc.
quote: Several of the authors on this website write as if they were heavily funded by big oil. Intelligent readers will draw their own conclusions.