The Global Warming Debate

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Global Warming — 90% Sure

That’s what the IPCC says (the UN climate scientists). How sure are you that your house is going to burn down this year? 90%? More like 0.1%. So I’m sure you don’t buy fire insurance That’s the position of climate-change deniers.
Climate Predictions More Uncertain than You Think

By Steven Stoft, January 23, 2009

OK, I can’t read your mind. But most people think climate change will definitely bring disaster, or definitely be a nothingburger. As the Washington Post xlnk.gif explains, there’s even more uncertainty than the UN shows in their graphs—and that’s a lot.
Here’s the worry I explain in Carbonomics. A lot of global-warming activists say, “Just look, you can see it happening.” So they’re smarter than a 1000 scientists who still have doubts? Nature plays its tricks—and pretty soon it will play a cooling trick and all those activists who said “just look” will have to eat their words. Better to make the real point. We’re all unsure! But if there’s a 10% chance of a world catastrophe, it’s good to take precautions. Don’t be an idiot who says you know we’re safe. You don’t.
 
Temperature Trends in the Lower Atmosphere: Steps for Understanding and Reconciling Differences   5/02/06  report xlnk.gif

A newly published report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration finds that there is no discrepancy in global average temperature increase.  “This is an important revision to and update of the conclusions of earlier reports from the U.S. National Research Council and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.”

“[R]esearch … shows clear evidence of human influences on the climate systemdue to changes in greenhouse gases, aerosols, and stratospheric ozone. Also, the observed patterns of change over the past 50 years cannot be explained by natural processes alone, nor by the effects of short-lived atmospheric constituents such as aerosols and tropospheric ozone alone.”

The debate has shifted. Global-Warming deniers used to say the earth is not warming; now they look to natural causes for why it’s warming. First among these is the sun. (Definition of global warming)

The sun does get warmer and cooler every eleven years with the sun-spot cycle. It’s actually hotter when it has more spots even thought the spots are cool. They are accompanied by hot spots which are not as easy to see. But the earth has not been found to warm and cool in step with the sun spot cycle, so deniers are forced to look for cycles of cycles and trends in the cycles. In fact, there is something to this. During the little ice age, back in the 1500’s there were very few sun spots. But the bottom line is, the global warming of the last thirty years is not explained by solar warming.

Many have denied big hurricanes are part of global warming, but their arguments carefully miss the point. They say we are in a natural upswing. Yes, but it’s much bigger than the last one. They say it’s caused by Atlantic currents. Yes, but hurricanes are also stronger in the other five hurricane basins around the world. (Read a translation of a NOAA denial.)

There is a scientific consensus. It is that the last 30 years of global warming is, to a considerable extent, the result of human generated carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane. Even the Pentagon commissioned a report xlnk.gif on “Abrupt Climate Change.”