Global Warming

More interesting details – as a programmer, quite interesting. If it is true, then it is quite difficult to defend…

As the evidence of climate fraud at the University of East Anglia’s prestigious Climactic Research Unit (CRU) continues to mount, those who’ve been caught green-handed continue to parry their due opprobrium and comeuppance, thanks primarily to a dead-silent mainstream media.  But should the hubris and duplicity evident in the emails of those whose millennial temperature charts literally fuel the warming alarmism movement somehow fail to convince the world of the scam that’s been perpetrated upon it, certainly these revelations of the fraud cooked into the computer programs that create such charts will…

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Interesting stuff:

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT (VOLUME 19 No. 2 2008) – FEAR of anthropogenic “global warming” can adversely affect patients’ well-being. Accordingly, the state of the scientific consensus about climate change was studied by a review of the 539 papers on “global climate change” found on the Web of Science database from January 2004 to mid-February 2007, updating research by Oreskes (2004), who had reported that between 1993 and 2003 none of 928 scientific papers on “global climate change” had rejected the consensus that more than half of the warming of the past 50 years was likely to have been anthropogenic. In the present review, 31 papers (6% of the sample) explicitly or implicitly reject the consensus. Though Oreskes said that 75% of the papers in her sample endorsed the consensus, fewer than half now endorse it. Only 6% do so explicitly. Only one paper refers to “catastrophic” climate change, but without offering evidence. There appears to be little evidence in the learned journals to justify the climate-change alarm that now harms patients.

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Sorry, came across this on Evolution News and Views, and thought I’d share:

“What You Ought To Know” – About Intelligent Design and Evolution

They also have one on:

“What You Ought To Know” – About Global Warming

Interesting, at any rate. 🙂

April 24, 2008 (The Daily – UW) – In the rush for energy independence, U.S. policy isn’t helping. Don’t get me wrong: I strongly believe that we need to stop using Arab oil for diplomatic reasons as well as environmental ones. But government policies put in place to combat the use of oil are hurting the United States and rest of the world more than they help.

During the past few years, our government has begun subsidizing the conversion of land to grow corn for biofuel. According to a study published in the journal Science, biofuels may actually be worse for the environment than the fossil fuels they are trying to replace…

It would take 93 years for ethanol, which does in fact produce fewer greenhouse gases when burned than fossil fuels, to make up for the carbon released in that initial landscape conversion. This figure takes into account only land in the United States that has already been converted for ethanol; soy biodiesel that is grown in the Amazon rainforest will take 320 years to make up its energy debt. Ethanol may start saving the environment 400 years from now, but there must be a more effective way that we can implement now.

Another problem is that biofuels are contributing to the rising cost of crops such as corn and soybeans. It has become evident that people in less fortunate countries are suffering. Just last month, there were protests in countries including Haiti and Egypt over the price of basic foodstuffs.

Worse yet is that biofuels are taking money and attention away from research and development of more effective methods. Why isn’t there more investigation into fuel cell technology, which promises to be a clean, renewable and far less energy-intensive way to fuel our cars and light our homes?…

Yes, they will take some time to implement and will require some infrastructural changes to be made around the country, but the advantages outweigh those of biofuels. Fuel cells, and not biofuels, are a permanent solution that the United States should adopt.

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Donatello: Note, however, that plug-in electric cars are more likely to be of (relatively) immediate benefit (on the pocketbook and the environment) than hydrogen fuel cells. Rechargeable battery power is much simpler to implement than hydrogen conversion from water and storage for use in fuel cells. But if fuel cells can overcome efficiency and cost issues, they may have some benefits in fuel delivery speeds, so I guess we’ll see… The biggest problem I see with electric cars is the drain on the power grid, but if the cars are generally charged at night, this may be less of a problem. At any rate, the governments should be thinking of upgrading their electrical supply, probably with new nuclear power stations (as politically difficult as that may be).

National Post (February 25, 2008) – Snow cover over North America and much of Siberia, Mongolia and China is greater than at any time since 1966.

The U.S. National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) reported that many American cities and towns suffered record cold temperatures in January and early February. According to the NCDC, the average temperature in January “was -0.3 F cooler than the 1901-2000 (20th century) average.”…

In just the first two weeks of February, Toronto received 70 cm of snow, smashing the record of 66.6 cm for the entire month set back in the pre-SUV, pre-Kyoto, pre-carbon footprint days of 1950.

And remember the Arctic Sea ice? The ice we were told so hysterically last fall had melted to its “lowest levels on record? Never mind that those records only date back as far as 1972 and that there is anthropological and geological evidence of much greater melts in the past.

The ice is back.

Gilles Langis, a senior forecaster with the Canadian Ice Service in Ottawa, says the Arctic winter has been so severe the ice has not only recovered, it is actually 10 to 20 cm thicker in many places than at this time last year.

OK, so one winter does not a climate make. It would be premature to claim an Ice Age is looming just because we have had one of our most brutal winters in decades.

But if environmentalists and environment reporters can run around shrieking about the manmade destruction of the natural order every time a robin shows up on Georgian Bay two weeks early, then it is at least fair game to use this winter’s weather stories to wonder whether the alarmist are being a tad premature.

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Okay, so they don’t mix too well, but I’ll comment on both in this post anyway. Baseball last night was… cold. I didn’t bring my sunglasses because it looked pretty overcast when I left the house, but by the time I got to the game (10 minutes or so later) the sun came out to make fly balls difficult. I went 3 for 4 on the night and played alright on the field. In the end, though, we still lost by a fair margin (I don’t know the score exactly, but it must have been in the neighborhood of 30-15). This, despite the fact that Matt hit three home runs, and Josh hit two. Ah well…

On the other side of things, there’s an interesting moderated debate available here:

Debate: ‘Global Warming Is Not a Crisis’

I listened to the full debate yesterday. It’s a bit frustrating to see how often arguments from authority and “consensus” are thrown around all the time. Gavin Schmidt’s disparaging remarks against Creationism didn’t help his argument, as far as I’m concerned. Michael Crichton had some interesting arguments, but I was most interested in the comments by Philip Stott. I found the analogy of the consensus view of plate tectonics to be somewhat comedic, given the true history of the theory (which would be pointed out later in the debate).

That’s all for now.

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