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  (Source: Rensselaer)
New State of the Climate report provides evidence

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released its 2009 State of the Climate report, and found that the past nine years (between 2000 and 2009) have seen the warmest temperatures since the beginning of modern temperature records, and concluded that global warming is undeniable

The report included research on 48 countries conducted by more than 300 scientists using 700 weather stations. According to the report, the year's 2000 to 2009 were warmer than the 1990's, and the 1990's were warmer than the 1980's. In addition, each consecutive year from 2000 to 2009 was hotter than the year before.

Since the 1960's, there has been an average surface air temperature rise of 0.6 degrees. While this may seem small, the scientists noticed warming climate effects in the increased sea level and humidity, declining glaciers, snow and sea ice and increased lower atmospheric and land temperatures. Signs of warming has also been found as far as two kilometers down below surface in the oceans, since, according to the report, 90 percent of warming has been absorbed by the Earth's oceans.

"Don't be fooled by anyone telling you that global warming is caused by the urban heat island effect or problems with thermometers - the satellite data don't suffer from these issues," said Neville Nicholls, president of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. Nicholls also noted that since the satellite record began in 1979, the warming trend has been "identical" for thermometer and satellite data. 

Australia, in particular, was hit by three noteworthy heat waves in 2009. These occurred in the months of January, August and November. January's heat wave claimed hundreds of lives due to the heat and brushfires. August's broke heat records, and November's caused the city of Adelaide to witness eight consecutive days above 35 degrees. 

While warming continues to show its presence, cold spells are still expected to arise occasionally, but not often, according to the report. 

"The mid-Atlantic coast of the U.S. was extremely cold and snowy," the report stated. "At the same time, other regions were unusually warm and the globe as a whole had one of the warmest winters on record."

While this new report from the NOAA represents their firm stand on the side of global warming,not all scientists are pro warming. According to a report from the Canada Free Press, 31,486 Americans with science degrees (9,029 PhD, 7,157 MS, 2,586 MD and DVM and 12,714 BS or equivalent) have "signed on" with the Global Warming Petition Project, which sends the message that "the human-caused global warming hypothesis is without scientific validity."

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RE: Not the issue
By zinfamous on 8/5/2010 3:10:43 PM , Rating: 5
the raising of cattle can certainly be connected to human activity.

but you lose credibility when you try to claim that there is something "unnatural" about eating animals.

We evolved to eat fucking animals. This is undeniable. no way in hell the apes that climbed down from the trees and stuck to eating grapes and berries would have ever achieved the necessary protein compliment to sustain the evolving human brain.

IN FACT, the only way that we now have nearly comparable protein compliments in plant matter (as we find in meat) is due to our generations of human cultivation of plant matter, FOR OUR BENEFIT. Humans surviving purely on flora is in no way "natural."

"Morals" about eating animals? wtf.

Does the ave. American diet contain too much eat? pretty much. Is the ave american population compared to the world population, and our typical dietary compliment a huge factor when you consider the world population? I'm not so sure, but I'm inclined to say "not likely."

RE: Not the issue
By ClownPuncher on 8/5/2010 3:56:30 PM , Rating: 5
To be honest, I've been eating bacon for every meal for 16 years and I can move objects with my mind.

RE: Not the issue
By quiksilvr on 8/5/2010 4:38:39 PM , Rating: 5
I'll have what he's having.

RE: Not the issue
By HostileEffect on 8/5/2010 6:10:49 PM , Rating: 1
Same here, ketogenics FTW.

RE: Not the issue
By jmunjr on 8/6/10, Rating: -1
RE: Not the issue
By gixser on 8/5/2010 4:21:48 PM , Rating: 5
We evolved to eat fucking animals.

Can't we at least wait until they have finished?

RE: Not the issue
By Suntan on 8/5/2010 9:25:38 PM , Rating: 5
Ah, but they taste much better when they are all sweaty...

Anyway, most every documentary I've seen on Animal Planet shows that other carnivores on this planet tend to kill there prey by clamping down on their throats and slowly suffocating them over the span of a couple minutes before promptly eating them in front of their family/group...

...But we're the unethical ones.


RE: Not the issue
By The Raven on 8/11/2010 4:38:20 PM , Rating: 2
The noble preying mantis will get his head bitten off whilst in the act. The much larger female having done nothing but eat will devour the male mid-coitus.

RE: Not the issue
By spoerad1 on 8/5/2010 4:44:32 PM , Rating: 2
while i myself eat meat and agree that it is natural, what is natural has little to do with what is moral or ethical. Its natural for animals to do many things unthinkable to us. How ever this line of thinking quickly snowballs, where do we stop. Why is wrong to eat animals? if its because they suffer during the raising and slaughter process, we can prevent that, if its simply morally wrong to eat other living creatures than you could add flora to the list of living beings and say eating is morally wrong. Not that any of this is really has any validity of others but ethics is a tricky, subjective matter at best.

RE: Not the issue
By JediJeb on 8/5/2010 7:27:41 PM , Rating: 2
I think he was actually saying that what is unnatural is that we have morals at all. Instead we should live like the animals just killing each other off in droves so there would be no advancement in society and we would be living like we were back in the stone age. Oh wait, some still live that way.

RE: Not the issue
By The Raven on 8/11/2010 4:34:09 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't say that eating MEAT was unnatural.
But it certainly can be said that eating TOO MUCH meat is unnatural. Especially when in our society, we have no natuaral predators who will hunt down and eat the fat ones.
That is what I was referring to when I mentioned morals. We do not believe that murder should be allowed as a society. Animals murder themselves all the time. That is how carnivores get their food in most cases.

I think people missed the part about me agreeing with the OP's premise.

I love meat. I don't wish the cow to be extinct. But without human intervention, I believe it would be.

And that is why I said 'cattle' shouldn't be placed in the 'natural' category of possible global warming causes.

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