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Scientists believe world is at its hottest for 2,000 years
THE SCOTSMAN (Scotland, UK) ^ | 23JUN06 | RUSSELL JACKSON

Posted on 06/22/2006 10:26:18 PM PDT by familyop

THE world is hotter than it has been for four centuries - and probably the hottest for 2,000 years - the United States' most prestigious scientific organisation said yesterday.

In a report to the US Congress, the National Academy of Sciences reported that the "recent warmth is unprecedented for at least the last 400 years and potentially the last several millennia".

A panel of top climate scientists told politicians that the Earth is heating up and that "human activities are responsible for much of the recent warming".

Their 155-page report said average global surface temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere rose about 1F during the 20th century.

This is shown in boreholes, retreating glaciers and other evidence found in nature, said Gerald North, a geosciences professor at Texas A&M University who chaired the academy's panel. The report was requested in November by the chairman of the House science committee, Republican Sherwood Boehlert, to address those who question whether global warming is a major threat.

Mr Boehlert said the report shows the value of having scientists advise Congress: "There is nothing in this report that should raise any doubts about the broad scientific consensus on global climate change."

The Bush administration has maintained that the threat is not severe enough to warrant new pollution controls that the White House says would have cost five million Americans their jobs.

Climate scientists Michael Mann, Raymond Bradley and Malcolm Hughes had concluded the Northern Hemisphere was the warmest it has been in 2,000 years.

The National Academy scientists concluded that the Mann-Bradley-Hughes research from the late 1990s was "likely" to be true, said John 'Mike' Wallace, an atmospheric sciences professor at the University of Washington and a panel member. The conclusions from the Nineties research "are very close to being right", and are supported by even more recent data, Mr Wallace said.

Overall, the panel agreed that the warming in the last few decades of the 20th century was unprecedented over the past 1,000 years.


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1 degree, Fahrenheit, over 100 years. ...big deal.
1 posted on 06/22/2006 10:26:20 PM PDT by familyop
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The earth is a cinder bathed in the flames of solar radiation. A flicker in its magnetic field would have more effect than all the activities of man.


2 posted on 06/22/2006 10:29:05 PM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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Man, it must have been seriously cold back then!


3 posted on 06/22/2006 10:30:10 PM PDT by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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I thought it was 400 years.

I guess they decided that if they were going to lie, might as well go big.


4 posted on 06/22/2006 10:30:19 PM PDT by airborne (Satan's greatest trick was convincing people he doesn't exist.)
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And the Sun's activity has absolutely nothing to do with it? I think they ought to just shut their boreholes;)


5 posted on 06/22/2006 10:33:02 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: familyop

I guess the heat 2000 years ago was from all those Roman orgies? Rome would last another 470 years so the extra heat back then didn't affect civilization so much did it?


6 posted on 06/22/2006 10:34:01 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: familyop

Yeah? Well what explains why Mars' icecaps are disappearing?

Bush's fault!


7 posted on 06/22/2006 10:34:13 PM PDT by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: airborne
Exactly...yesterday they said 400...but I guess their math or science was messed up...like by 500%!

If they can;t get that right, guess what? Probably don't have the other right either.

Even if you give them the benefit of the doubt...they are saying now that 2000 years ago it was hotter. How? and if it was...well, it sure looks like the earth and mankind all survived it somehow.

8 posted on 06/22/2006 10:34:14 PM PDT by Jeff Head (God, family, country)
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To: familyop

A panel of top climate scientists told politicians that the Earth is heating up and that "human activities are responsible for much of the recent warming".

Including anthropologists, botanists, zoologists, entymologists, oceanologists...everthing but meteorologists and actual climatologists who do not yet share this "overwhelming" consensus.


9 posted on 06/22/2006 10:35:03 PM PDT by downtownconservative (Murtha is truly an EX-Marine...his motto, "nunquam fidelis")
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To: airborne
Very well said.

Concerning global temperatures, the average annual temperatures in the United States do not show great changes between 1895 and 1997: The centennial trend was only +0.022°C per decade, and for the period 1940-1997, +0.008°C per decade (Gordon, ed., European Science and Environment Forum, 1998, p. 52).
10 posted on 06/22/2006 10:37:22 PM PDT by Falconspeed ("Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." Robert Louis Stevenson)
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To: airborne
Very well said.

Concerning global temperatures, the average annual temperatures in the United States do not show great changes between 1895 and 1997: The centennial trend was only +0.022°C per decade, and for the period 1940-1997, +0.008°C per decade (Gordon, ed., European Science and Environment Forum, 1998, p. 52).
11 posted on 06/22/2006 10:37:24 PM PDT by Falconspeed ("Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." Robert Louis Stevenson)
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To: airborne

Another triumph of junk science. Global warming, DDT, breast implants, Sen. John Edwards' legal career, the list goes on;)


12 posted on 06/22/2006 10:37:41 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: familyop
Even if this " Global Warming " is true ? < BR> I need to ask the Liberals/Democrats/Environmentalist , are you willing to give up any thing that make greenhouse gases either in your house, or car , in order to help our environment ?
Are you willing to give up your car for the sake of mother Earth ? and walk to work and shopping ?
Are you willing to not have heating ( either coal, oil, carbon fuels ) in your house in order to help mother Earth ? to put your effort in to clean up greenhouse gasses ?
Until you say yes, we won't listen to your " Global Warming " argument, and take you seriously.
13 posted on 06/22/2006 10:38:42 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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There were some serious vineyards in England a few centuries ago. Now its too cold to grow good grapes there.

But I suppose the satellite data from the last 2000 years has to be believed, er I mean the study of the way the ice melted in the last few years projecting minute changes in the climate backwards...is really solid science...no really...er uhm...we need more funding for research...yeah that's the ticket...or else your all gonna die...after all we are...uhm...err..."scientists"...yeah that's the ticket, we specialize in making it look real technical...yeah...

14 posted on 06/22/2006 10:38:53 PM PDT by AndyTheBear (Disastrous social experimentation is the opiate of elitist snobs.)
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The Bush administration has maintained that the threat is not severe enough to warrant new pollution controls that the White House says would have cost five million Americans their jobs.

Just for fun let's say we did that and went back to the 18Th. century, anything that we would acomplish would be wiped out by third world growth as they spend so much on keeping their countries clean, Junk Science.

15 posted on 06/22/2006 10:38:57 PM PDT by Not now, Not ever! (This tag-line is temporarily closed for remodeling)
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4,000 years ago, around the time of Noah, the world was the wettest.
16 posted on 06/22/2006 10:40:31 PM PDT by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (Jesus always reads His knee-mail. (Hall of Fame Hit-N-Run poster))
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Well assuming they are right, the earth survived being this hot 2000 years ago. I think it will manage now.


17 posted on 06/22/2006 10:40:35 PM PDT by Daralundy
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"And the Sun's activity has absolutely nothing to do with it? I think they ought to just shut their boreholes;)"

...agreed! I've been subscribed to a sunspot/aurora alert list for a few years and have read some relevant information along the way while waiting to take photographs.
18 posted on 06/22/2006 10:41:36 PM PDT by familyop ("Either you're with us, or you're with the terrorists." --President Bush)
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Morons. How are we going to cool the Sun? Did they even mention this:

The Sun is getting hotter.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/07/18/wsun18.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/07/18/ixnewstop.html


19 posted on 06/22/2006 10:41:43 PM PDT by Marius3188 (Happy Resurrection Weekend)
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And the Sun's activity has absolutely nothing to do with it? I think they ought to just shut their boreholes;)

Heresy.

20 posted on 06/22/2006 10:42:40 PM PDT by AndyTheBear (Disastrous social experimentation is the opiate of elitist snobs.)
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