Thoughts on Global Warming

I’ve been reading about climate change lately.  I’ve been trying to make sense of the number discrepancies and the diametrically opposing views about a subject that seems as if it should be pretty straight forward.

Some people are convinced the carbon dioxide emissions being spewed from autos and power plants worldwide is collecting in the atmosphere and causing, among other things, the ice caps to melt.  Others are convinced global temperature fluctuations are just a normal cyclical occurrence.

Both sides site their opposing statistics and their scientific experts but, it seems to me, for a lot of people the issue boils down to an emotional, us versus them scenario with an almost religious fervor.  Sometimes the issue seems reduced to name calling and ad hominem attacks just like it used to be on the playground in elementary school.

Skeptics think of proponents as tree-hugging alarmists just looking for another world threatening crisis; proponents think of skeptics as anti-intellectual luddites with their heads buried in the sand.

Well, whether or not human-caused global warming is as dire as some claim it seems to me we could all do a little more to reduce our carbon footprints and ease the pressure on Mother Earth.

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7 thoughts on “Thoughts on Global Warming

  1. Actually in a recent poll just about all worthwhile scientists agreed that the world’s climate is heating up (or heating up more than it should) due to manmade causes. If you’d like me to cite it for you, I’ll do so as soon as I get in front of my pc. My point is that it’s not really a disputed issue anymore.

  2. It actually is pretty simple. It stopped warming more than a decade ago. Meanwhile, since 2001 the CO2 level has increased by 29% of the increase prior to 2001.
    At http://danpangburn.blogspot.com/ see an eye-opening graph and a simple equation that, with only one external forcing, calculates an average global temperature anomaly trend since 1610 and, with 90% accuracy, calculates measured average global temperature anomalies since 1895. See why the LIA and Global Warming both ended. CO2 change had no significant influence.

      • Of course. But many have been misled into believing that CO2 is a pollutant. Not only is it not a pollutant, it is ultimately the only source of food and is absolutely required for all life on this planet. Plants must sort through 2500 molecules to find just one that they can make into food.

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