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The Dust Bowl of the 1930s was the worst drought in US history
A primary tenet of global warming alarmism is invalidated.

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 otherwise.

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 years..

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.



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By nangryo on 9/13/2007 4:30:24 AM , Rating: 2
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Why worry about things that are not under our (man's) control?


Because it was concerning with our lives, our daily lives. Indeed something are beyond man's control, but it doesn't make us to just sit there and do nothing. Everything that could help even a little to save our kind lives is worth a try.

Just like in example of tsunami, or volcanoes eruption. It's none of our control, nothing you can do to stop them. But you CAN lessen victim by place a sensor prior to detect them, although not 100% accurate, it does saves lives.

So, in this case, every little thing that can make the global warming less impact is welcome to try, and not to bashing studied that try to understand it and just do nothing.


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