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Global warming biggest since Viking era
Cox News Service ^ | Friday, February 10, 2006 | MIKE TONER

Posted on 02/12/2006 8:49:59 PM PST by presidio9

The warming of the world during the last century is greater – and more widespread – than any other shift in the global climate in the last 1,200 years, researchers reported Thursday.

The analysis of data from tree rings, fossil shells, ice cores and actual temperature measurements from 14 locations on three continents shows that the current warming trend is the most extensive change — warm or cold — since the time of the Vikings.

In their report in the current issue of the journal Science, climatologists Timothy Osborn and Keith Briffa of the University of East Anglia, home to the leading British climate research center, stop short of blaming the 20th-century warming on industrial emissions or other human factors.

But Osborn and Briffa say the geographic extent of the current warming, whatever the reason, is more widespread and more pronounced than the one that turned Greenland green 1,000 years ago.

Their analyses for tree ring and other climate "proxies" from Europe, Asia and North America do show two other pronounced climate shifts during the same period: the Medieval Warm Period from 890 to 1170 and the Little Ice Age, which gripped the Northern Hemisphere from 1580 to 1850.

The Medieval warming, which encouraged the Vikings to settle previously inhospitable regions of Greenland and Iceland, is sometimes cited by critics of modern global warming theories as evidence that the Earth can experience widespread warming independent of human activity.

"It's good that they acknowledge that the last thousand years contained two warm periods with a cold one in between," says S. Fred Singer, president of the Virginia-based Science Policy Project, which frequently disputes claims of global warming.

"But it still doesn't prove that the 20th century was unique," Singer said.

The Bush administration has acknowledged the widespread warming of recent decades, but has sought further research on the causes.

The administration also has declined to join 140 other nations in signing the Kyoto climate accord, which calls on industrial nations to reduce their industrial emissions.

While the study's emperature measurements only go back to the 1800s, researchers were able to reconstruct the Northern Hemisphere's climate back as far as the ninth century.

Researchers correlated temperature records with 14 long-term climate proxies, ranging from fossil shells in the Chesapeake Bay to tree rings in Mongolia.

"Both individually and taken as a whole, these reconstructions support the conclusion that it is likely that the late 20th century was the warmest period in the past millennium or longer," Osborn says.

Averaged across the globe, the increase in temperatures is numerically small — about one degree above normal and about two degrees warmer than during the late 1800s.

The increase, however, has been especially sharp in recent years, with all 10 of the warmest years on record occurring since the mid-1990s.

The warming has been linked to accelerated melting of mountain glaciers and polar ice sheets throughout the world, warmer sea surface temperatures, the earlier arrival of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and other changes.

Many scientists predict the warming will increase if man-made releases of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are not curbed.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: globalwarmingtheory; godsgravesglyphs; junkscience; longhousegases; vikings
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1 posted on 02/12/2006 8:50:01 PM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

So surely the Vikings must have done something that caused a warming cycle.... (or not.)


2 posted on 02/12/2006 8:51:33 PM PST by SteveMcKing
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To: presidio9

Yenga Henga Shmormy. De vurld is lots more vormy.


3 posted on 02/12/2006 8:51:54 PM PST by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: presidio9

What did the Vikings do to make it warmer back then?


4 posted on 02/12/2006 8:52:52 PM PST by tubebender (Everything I know about computers I learned on Free Republic...)
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To: farmfriend

PING

5 posted on 02/12/2006 8:53:52 PM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Ping.


6 posted on 02/12/2006 8:53:55 PM PST by quantim (If the Constitution were perfect it wouldn't have included the Senate.)
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To: presidio9

Sounds like the Vikings had a green house gas problem too. :)


7 posted on 02/12/2006 8:54:33 PM PST by jazusamo (A Progressive is only a Socialist in a transparent disguise.)
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To: pcottraux

Good one!


8 posted on 02/12/2006 8:55:14 PM PST by A message
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To: tubebender
What did the Vikings do to make it warmer back then?

I think it was that boat cruise they took at the end of last season's training camp that heated up things

9 posted on 02/12/2006 8:55:26 PM PST by llevrok (Drink your beer, damnit! There are sober people in Africa.)
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To: llevrok

I thought it might be due to training camp...


10 posted on 02/12/2006 8:57:55 PM PST by tubebender (Everything I know about computers I learned on Free Republic...)
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To: presidio9
Yhe liberals need to pull "Global Warming" off the shelf.

It isn't selling.

Especially when an "Al Gore" moment occurs and the news release hits the public during a major blizzard.

11 posted on 02/12/2006 8:57:59 PM PST by capt. norm (Error: Keyboard not attached. Press F1 to continue)
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To: presidio9
"Little Ice Age, which gripped the Northern Hemisphere from 1580 to 1850."

Was Bush around back then?

12 posted on 02/12/2006 8:58:41 PM PST by F16Fighter
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To: tubebender

"What did the Vikings do to make it warmer back then?"

Must have been all the villages they burned after they raped and pillaged.


13 posted on 02/12/2006 8:59:52 PM PST by kaehurowing
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To: presidio9
Yep, the Earth is warming...

Go tell that to all those Blue Staters with their tiny balls turning blue in the midst of the biggest blizzard in many location's history....

I wonder if they will NOW be more inclined to vote YES on accelerated oil exploration and drill on U.S. property..

Semper Fi
14 posted on 02/12/2006 9:00:55 PM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: llevrok
Now that I think about it the domed stadiums resemble the structures farmers put over their barnyard manure to collect the methane...
15 posted on 02/12/2006 9:01:37 PM PST by tubebender (Everything I know about computers I learned on Free Republic...)
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To: tubebender; llevrok

16 posted on 02/12/2006 9:03:19 PM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: tubebender

Yup. Complete with baggie-like outfield fences too (ha)


17 posted on 02/12/2006 9:03:33 PM PST by llevrok (Drink your beer, damnit! There are sober people in Africa.)
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To: presidio9

I'm glad I kept reading. I thought they were referring to Eller, Page, and Marshall.


18 posted on 02/12/2006 9:03:59 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: tubebender

***What did the Vikings do to make it warmer back then?****

Burned cities!


19 posted on 02/12/2006 9:04:14 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Islam, the religion of the criminally insane.)
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To: tubebender

All those Viking funerals - the deceased pushed out to sea on a burning ship...


20 posted on 02/12/2006 9:05:50 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: presidio9
Playing on the Kyoto Accordian - "turn on the A/C, the party's over (thank you-u, Joe Feeny for-um, the nice song-um)

Anna 1, anna 2...."

21 posted on 02/12/2006 9:06:41 PM PST by llevrok (Drink your beer, damnit! There are sober people in Africa.)
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To: presidio9
The Medieval warming AFL/NFL merger, which encouraged the Vikings to settle previously inhospitable regions of Greenland and Iceland Minnesota, is sometimes cited by critics of modern global warming theories football as evidence that the Earth NFL can experience widespread warming independent of human activity further league expansion.
22 posted on 02/12/2006 9:11:50 PM PST by KellyAdmirer
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To: llevrok
...actual temperature measurements from 14 locations on three continents...

Awww! Weren't those vikings so nice to take temperatures at 14 locations to compare with today's readings?
23 posted on 02/12/2006 9:11:56 PM PST by Ingtar (Understanding is a three-edged sword : your side, my side, and the truth in between ." -- Kosh)
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To: presidio9
Osborn and Briffa say the geographic extent of the current warming, whatever the reason, is more widespread and more pronounced than the one that turned Greenland green 1,000 years ago.

So what are they growing in Greenland these days?

24 posted on 02/12/2006 9:11:57 PM PST by tsomer
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To: F16Fighter
Was Bush around back then?

I am sure that Bush's ancestors had something to do with the earlier Viking global warming also. It just has to be, I feel it is so and no one has proven me wrong, so I am running with that story!! Credited to Mapes of Rathergate fame.

25 posted on 02/12/2006 9:12:05 PM PST by p23185
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To: presidio9

It's all those dang viking saunas. They brought this global warming.


26 posted on 02/12/2006 9:13:07 PM PST by Cinnamon Girl (OMGIIHIHOIIC ping list)
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To: Ingtar
...actual temperature measurements from 14 locations on three continents... Awww! Weren't those vikings so nice to take temperatures at 14 locations to compare with today's readings?

Out of curiosity I wonder what they used for a thermometer?

27 posted on 02/12/2006 9:13:17 PM PST by p23185
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To: presidio9

We have had a winter without storms, a spring without mildness, a summer without heat. When can we hope for mild weather, now that the months that once ripened the crops have become deadly sick under the northern blasts? ... Out of all the elements, we find these two against to us: perpetual frost and unnatural drought.

Cassiodorus
AD 535


28 posted on 02/12/2006 9:13:18 PM PST by razorback-bert
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To: presidio9

JUNKSCIENCE ALERT


29 posted on 02/12/2006 9:13:42 PM PST by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America)
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To: river rat
Don't bet more than a beer on that one, mate. Won't happen. Anyone in thrall to a myth is not amenable to rational argument.

Ask the muzzies about that one, right?

30 posted on 02/12/2006 9:16:27 PM PST by SAJ
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To: river rat

Actually I live on the east coast and it has been a very warm winter. I have oil heat and my bills have been less than last winter. You should also note that about 40-48% of the people in the so-called "Blue States" voted for Bush. I also wonder how drilling for oil would have stopped the blizzard, and I didn't realize that I was holding up oil exploration.


31 posted on 02/12/2006 9:16:32 PM PST by sangrila
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To: presidio9

The University of East Anglia is home to the METS computer model which achieved lasting noteriety when it predicted that the summer rainfall in Ireland and the Central Sahara were the same.

As for any claim that the present is as warm as the period when the Vikings were in Greenland, consider that the Chinese fleet of the 1420's sailed around Greenland during the summer. Somehow, I suspect that isn't going to be possible this summer.

And next summer doesn't look good either.


32 posted on 02/12/2006 9:16:48 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon Liberty, it is essential to examine principle)
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To: tubebender

"What did the Vikings do to make it warmer back then?"

Beans; they ate lots of Beans. Why do you think they never built a roof for there boats???


33 posted on 02/12/2006 9:17:08 PM PST by kublia khan (Absolute war brings total victory)
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To: kaehurowing
..you mean in the manner of "Jengis" Khan ala J. "Friggin" Kerry?
34 posted on 02/12/2006 9:17:23 PM PST by Apercu ("Res ipsa loquitur")
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To: jazusamo

Actually, it was longhouse gases for them.


35 posted on 02/12/2006 9:17:33 PM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: SteveMcKing

So surely the Vikings must have done something that caused a warming cycle.... (or not.)

Hagar had an SUV.

OBTW: "Viking" is not a race or tribe it is a behavior.

36 posted on 02/12/2006 9:19:37 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Condimaniac)
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To: GladesGuru

"consider that the Chinese fleet of the 1420's sailed around Greenland during"


Could you please souce this. I have never heard that and am interested in reading about it. I do know that Greenland is said to have been much warmer in the time of Leif Erickson.


37 posted on 02/12/2006 9:21:04 PM PST by sangrila
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To: river rat

I hear you loud and clear. Sitting here in Michigan and it's 17F outside. Do you think if we throw a few nukes around this would change the climate? My wife's tired of this cold crap. She doesn't take more than a few steps from the back door to releive herself outside. I should clarify that's my Lab I was speaking about in that last sentence.


38 posted on 02/12/2006 9:22:10 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: presidio9
So what. I don't care. I don't believe it. I've got other fish to fry.

Global warming is cause by 1.8 billion Muslims, 1 billion Chinese, 1 billion Indians, and 300 million South Americans all driving crappy, non emission controlled cars, burning all their trees for charcoal and all those Europeans driving diesel cars spewing noxious fumes and all the cow, sheep, camel, bean and goat farts.

America is a clean and and more environmentally conscientious than the rest of the world combined. We actually do something about it, the rest of the world just jabbers on and on with smug, condescending, self-righteous and meaningless platitudes and no action.

Let's all go live in unheated, unairconditoned mud huts, wear grass skirts, scavenge for "organic" raw food, walk everywhere and save "the environment" for "the children".

39 posted on 02/12/2006 9:22:43 PM PST by garyhope (Happy Valentine's fellow Freepers)
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To: Mike Darancette

All the people referred to as Vikings are Scandanavian/ Germanic people though.


40 posted on 02/12/2006 9:24:27 PM PST by sangrila
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To: p23185

"Our research doesn't prove that increased CO2 is currently causing global warming, but oxygen isotopic measurements of ancient Earth temperatures suggest that this has caused global warming in Earth's past."

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/12/021211084123.htm


41 posted on 02/12/2006 9:26:35 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: garyhope
Let's all go live in unheated, unairconditoned mud huts, wear grass skirts, scavenge for "organic" raw food, walk everywhere and save "the environment" for "the children".

You have described the dope growers of Humboldt County perfectly...

42 posted on 02/12/2006 9:26:54 PM PST by tubebender (Everything I know about computers I learned on Free Republic...)
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To: presidio9

The Vikings caused global warming then caused the earth to cool down again. How? Plundering and looting. Setting towns on fire cause global warming. settleing down to count their loot with the pretty maidens they captured caused the earth to cool. We are not doing enough looting. Need to start now. Being the worlds nice guy is going to destroy the earth!
Nice rant, eh?


43 posted on 02/12/2006 9:36:02 PM PST by truemiester (If the U.S. should fail, a veil of darkness will come over the Earth for a thousand years)
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To: SteveMcKing

It wasn't the Vikings so much as their pets. That's right, the kitties. See, cats like to be warm. And cats, as any cat owner knows, control their humans. Even today. And so, though it was long ago in a faraway land, it was done.


44 posted on 02/12/2006 9:38:13 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (Funny taglines are value plays.)
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To: presidio9
climate "proxies"

Climate proxies are the proof talked about in Aliens Cause Global Warming.
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45 posted on 02/12/2006 9:47:44 PM PST by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: SteveMcKing

Methane?


46 posted on 02/12/2006 9:48:43 PM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: garyhope
Global warming is cause by 1.8 billion Muslims, 1 billion Chinese, 1 billion Indians, and 300 million South Americans all driving crappy, non emission controlled cars, burning all their trees for charcoal and all those Europeans driving diesel cars spewing noxious fumes and all the cow, sheep, camel, bean and goat farts.

And anyone who has been in almost any country outside of the USA knows that what you say is the truth.

47 posted on 02/12/2006 9:52:16 PM PST by GSHastings
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To: jazusamo

Maybe it was their diet?


48 posted on 02/12/2006 10:46:18 PM PST by SALChamps03
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To: garyhope

Awesome, but you forgot volcanoes and the generations they kill, lol!


49 posted on 02/12/2006 11:12:35 PM PST by quantim (If the Constitution were perfect it wouldn't have included the Senate.)
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To: tubebender
Global Schwarming? Chicken Littles.

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50 posted on 02/13/2006 12:09:43 AM PST by Candor7 (Into Liberal Flatulence Goes the Hope of the West)
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