We are back where we started and a confusing amount of controversial evidence that needs more than our debate to clarify. I wont get into it Memster, sorry. Its not that I concede but it is pointless. I believe that from my reading we have never seen this increase in temperatures, so rapidly, without a major disaster causing or it causing a major disaster. I sincerely hope this does not cause the adverse effects it predicts and we live through it but you have not convinced me. When I see the arctic diminishing and the fear of the permafrost melting , no amount of your attempts at poo pooing the figures will give me comfort.
It doesn't give me comfort, either, to know that these guys have been so manipulative.
Where I live (Toronto ), climate seems to have changed within my lifetime - a great amount of urbanization also occurred, though. It's extremely worrisome, worrisome enough to make one wonder about the sanity of having brought chidren into the existence that one could project from this point during depressive moments.
So first job is to rid ourselves of these unethical methods that the Hockey Team scientists have foisted on the world.
Or maybe the first job is to tackle the IPPC.
It's not that I am trying to convince you that dangerous warm up is not happening ( I think even so much CO2 release resulting in drop in Alkalinity might be very damaging to many ocean life forms ).
I think we need to be very cautious of being pushed by the likes of BP into a yet more profitable scheme, than oil ever was - while not stopping usage of fossil fuels or even worse alternatives ( perhaps some biofuel projects demonstrate a worse alternative).
I think we need to be very cautious of allowing the idea of "reparations due" to other countries any legitimacy.
It doesn't look good for us, when Wall Street, the banks, and Big Oil are all eager.
there's only one solution for an Earth as we know it to possibly continue on - massive and permanent reduction in population. It will require assent by all major religions in order to enact international laws, preventing births, in some way. Setting an age limit for humans also makes sense, but I think that it would foster such great corruption and violence that it is not workable. would a limit on lifespan be such a source of dread, that it ruins whole lives , or would it spur us on to do better than we do ?
This is why I advocate following the advice of EO Wilson; we must engage the religious on the particular Humanist terms that are common to all.
Capitalism will jump on any viable scheme to make money, no cause is ever as good as profit.
And a hammer will come down hard on any object be it a nail or a person's head. Tools shouldn't take on the guilt for all of their applications. A tool in the wrong hands can do harm but that doesn't make the tool inherently harmful.
Wave energy causing fish to be confused over migration . Bio fuel causing deforestation and food shortages. Wind farms over financially supported. These are the tools , no amount of reasoning will delay them.
There's no need to get all indignant and self-righteous. You were making an overgeneralizing comment about capitalism and I corrected it.
Xris and Salima - regarding arctic sea ice.
The trope that Arctic Sea ice area is not showing a year-on-year decrease is put about by Lord Monkton and other denier-pundits. You can see a short critical vid on the Lord here:
YouTube - Debunking Lord Monckton Part 1
However, as the vid above states, he is talking about area when he should be talking about volume.
Winter 2007/2008 Arctic ice growth
Extremely cold temperatures for the Northern Hemisphere in the Winter of 2007/2008 helped the Arctic ice pack to grow to more near normal levels in terms of surface area covered.
****The ice was also found to be 10 to 20 centimeters thicker than the previous year in some areas****
for the past 15 years there has been no 'statistically significant' warming.
the lengthy ad hom aside;
Topic 1/ Area is one measurement taken, as seen: this one calls it "concentration" ..intergovernmental report. Observed sea ice September 1979 and September 2003 - Figures and Tables
whereas "volume" and "mass" are different things. Still, Monckton with a "c", is not making a silly comparison, because after all, it is one way of measuring - and of course, icepack coverage area measurement is DONE BY SCIENTISTS, too, and they say the same kind of words as Monckton.
as a interesting aside, even WIKI ( almost an official organ of the Hockey Stick Team ) also says this, so..how badly is Monckton burned by this part of the "expose" ?
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Topic 2/ No statistically significant cooling, just as Professor Jones in 2010, says that ...Key term "statistically significant". Monckton uses it, but I don't think it's warranted.
However, the "debunking" vid seems to disagree with Jones ( who is known to be inclined to hide some declines )...to present the notion that Profesor Jones is not correct about no "S.S." warming.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1250872/Climategate-U-turn-Astonishment-scientist-centre-global-warming-email-row-admits-data-organised.html#ixzz0pT51g1ig
Then, after going on about cherry picking short terms, or points, as being deceptive, the "debunking" vid shown goes and does what ? They cherry pick a month. Jan 2010 ( as opposed to showing a statistically significant warming trend )"Global Warming, and where has it gone?" they say the sceptics ask... and the answer: "There it is" - "There it is", they say.
Right through March 2010. Global Warming from Jan to March...3 months. "There it is." [Voice over]"The warming continued right through March..."
And right after they just said such method was to be viewed with suspicion
They seem to have very low regard for their viewers' intellect.
However, there is no doubt that Monckton is a showboater, and he makes some bad errors or gives some untruths.
Topic 3/ Greenland. Sounds very frightening the way they say it.
But what % of Greenland's Ice Sheet is being lost per year or decade ? Do they tell us ? If not, why not ?[/QUOTE Firstly the daily mail is a rag not worthy of mention, it exaggerates and avoids the truth. The Arctic by consensus is loosing its volume by 8% every decade...NASA's figures not mine.
Does it really matter the exact figures , something that is obviously in drastic retreat has no need of precise figures. So it might be 6% or it could be 12% , the fact is it extremely worrying.
Floating ice had disappeared at a steady rate over the past 10 years
The Warmest Year Yet, says NASA: The global temperature this year reached its warmest on record based on a 12-month rolling average, said James Hansen, the top climate change scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The mean surface temperature in the year to April was about 0.66 degrees warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according to NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. That makes it a fraction warmer than the previous peak in 2005.
''Record high global temperature during the period with instrumental data was reached in 2010,'' Dr Hansen and three co-authors wrote. ''As for the calendar year, it is likely that the 2010 global surface temperature in the analysis also will be a record.''
dunno, but they're rocket scientists, and I'm not.