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  • Study: Warming May Reduce Hurricanes

    01/23/2008 7:40:40 AM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 53 replies · 87+ views
    MSNBC ^ | January 23, 2008 | Staff
    Global warming could reduce how many hurricanes hit the United States, according to a new federal study that clashes with other research. The new study is the latest in a contentious scientific debate over how manmade global warming may affect the intensity and number of hurricanes. In it, researchers link warming waters, especially in the Indian and Pacific oceans, to increased vertical wind shear in the Atlantic Ocean near the United States. Wind shear — a change in wind speed or direction — makes it hard for hurricanes to form, strengthen and stay alive. So that means "global warming may...
  • Mount Shasta Glaciers Defy Global Warming, Grow (by 30%....incl. video)

    09/05/2007 12:18:09 PM PDT · by Stoat · 68 replies · 1,666+ views
    CBS ^ | September 3, 2007 | John Iander
    Mount Shasta Glaciers Defy Global Warming, Grow  John Iander Reporting (CBS13) MOUNT SHASTA The debate over global warming has taken a pretty odd twist in Northern California. Up on Mount Shasta, the glaciers are not behaving like you'd expect. Big mountains often produce their own weather patterns. Mount Shasta, at 14,162 feet seems to have a mind of its own these days. Shasta has seven glaciers. The biggest is the one on the middle, Whitney Glacier. What has surprised scientists about the glacier is that if the theories about global warming are true, the glacier ought to be shrinking,...
  • Global Warming to Fuel More Severe Tornadoes and Thunderstorms

    08/30/2007 8:15:35 AM PDT · by RoadKingSE · 67 replies · 1,134+ views
    Live ^ | August 30, 2007 | Andrea Thompson - Live Science
    Global warming will make severe thunderstorms and tornadoes a more common feature of U.S. weather, NASA scientists said today. Climate models have previously shown that Earth will see more heavy rainstorms as the atmosphere warms, but a new climate model developed by NASA researchers is the first to show the difference in strength between storms that occur over land and those over the ocean and how storms strengths will change in general. The models don't directly simulate thunderstorms and lightning, but look for conditions that are ripe for severe storms to form. The model was tested against current climate conditions...
  • Ex-Clinton Official Ties Minneapolis Bridge Collapse To Global Warming

    08/07/2007 2:57:11 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 62 replies · 1,733+ views
    Ex-Clinton Official Ties Minneapolis Bridge Collapse To Global Warming By Noel Sheppard | August 7, 2007 - 00:12 ET A former member of the Clinton administration, and current Senior Fellow at the virtual Clinton think tank the Center for American Progress, claimed Monday that global warming might have played a factor in the collapse of the I35 bridge in Minneapolis last week. I kid you not. Writing at Climate Progress, the global warming blog of CAP, Joseph Romm - who served as Acting Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy in 1997 and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary from...
  • The Truth About Denial (Barf Alert: Newsweek puts "global warming deniers" under the microscope)

    08/04/2007 7:25:07 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 77 replies · 1,393+ views
    Newsweek ^ | August 13, 2007 | Sharon Begley
    Sen. Barbara Boxer had been chair of the Senate's Environment Committee for less than a month when the verdict landed last February. "Warming of the climate system is unequivocal," concluded a report by 600 scientists from governments, academia, green groups and businesses in 40 countries. Worse, there was now at least a 90 percent likelihood that the release of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels is causing longer droughts, more flood-causing downpours and worse heat waves, way up from earlier studies. Those who doubt the reality of human-caused climate change have spent decades disputing that. But Boxer figured...
  • Into the Limelight, and the Politics of Global Warming

    07/31/2007 7:27:54 AM PDT · by Sam's Army · 23 replies · 938+ views
    the New York Times ^ | July 31, 2007 | CLAUDIA DREIFUS
    In June 2002, Heidi Cullen, a researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., received a telephone call from an executive at the Weather Channel. Would she audition for a program on climate and global warming that producers at the Atlanta-based cable television network were contemplating? Q: Your coverage of global warming has been controversial. Are you surprised? A: In a way, yes. To me, global warming isn’t a political issue, it’s a scientific one. But a lot of people out there think you’re being an advocate when you talk climate science. Last December, I wrote a...
  • Water Experts Find Earth’s Warming, Rainfall Linked to Sun

    07/28/2007 2:27:09 PM PDT · by brityank · 50 replies · 2,662+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Tuesday, July 24, 2007 | Dennis T. Avery
    Variability of the sun’s irradiance, Global Warming Water Experts Find Earth’s Warming, Rainfall Linked to Sun By Dennis T. Avery, Hudson Institute Tuesday, July 24, 2007 A team of water experts says the pattern of droughts and floods in South Africa shows our global warming was triggered by the variability of the sun’s irradiance rather than by human-emitted CO2. They say variations in South African rainfall patterns are keyed to periodic reversals of the sun’s magnetic field—and to the constantly changing distance between the sun and the earth as both move through space. In South Africa, alternate 11-year sunspot...
  • Swedish Scientist Accuses UN's IPCC of Falsifying Data and Destroying Evidence

    06/24/2007 6:40:54 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 38 replies · 1,443+ views ^ | June 24, 2007 | Noel Sheppard
    Swedish Scientist Accuses UN's IPCC of Falsifying Data and Destroying Evidence Posted by Noel Sheppard on June 24, 2007 - 19:45. If you listen to the global warming alarmists working for the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or folks like soon-to-be-Dr. Al Gore, sea levels across the globe are rising at a rate that will eventually doom us all.According to Swedish paleogeophysicist Nils-Axel Mörner, who’s been studying and writing about sea levels for four decades, the scientists working for the IPCC have falsified data and destroyed evidence to incorrectly prove their point.Mörner was recently interviewed by Gregory Murphy...
  • Antarctic Temperatures Disagree with Climate Model Predictions

    02/15/2007 2:29:16 PM PST · by milwguy · 42 replies · 1,420+ views ^ | 02/15/2007 | milwguy
    A new report on climate over the world’s southernmost continent shows that temperatures during the late 20th century did not climb as had been predicted by many global climate models. Newswise — A new report on climate over the world’s southernmost continent shows that temperatures during the late 20th century did not climb as had been predicted by many global climate models. This comes soon after the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that strongly supports the conclusion that the Earth’s climate as a whole is warming, largely due to human activity. It also follows a similar...
  • Climate scientists feeling the heat - predictions 'have created a monster'

    01/22/2007 1:37:15 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 93 replies · 2,725+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 22,2007 | Eric Berger
    Scientists long have issued the warnings: The modern world's appetite for cars, air conditioning and cheap, fossil-fuel energy spews billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, unnaturally warming the world. Yet, it took the dramatic images of a hurricane overtaking New Orleans and searing heat last summer to finally trigger widespread public concern on the issue of global warming. Climate scientists might be expected to bask in the spotlight after their decades of toil. The general public now cares about greenhouse gases, and with a new Democratic-led Congress, federal action on climate change may be at hand. Problem...
  • Study: Less Acid Rain Not Always So Great

    01/01/2007 8:23:27 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 26 replies · 755+ views
    LiveScience ^ | December 21, 2006 | Sara Goudarzi
    Acid rainfall in the Appalachian Mountains has decreased in recent years and organisms in its streams are thriving. But the environmental comeback could be creating new problems of its own, scientists say. A drop in nitric and sulfuric acid levels in the streams is changing biological activity in the ecosystem and hiking dissolved carbon levels, scientists reported at the American Geophysical Union conference last week in San Francisco. "These are unexpected results," said David DeWalle, a researcher at Pennsylvania State University. "Rising amounts of carbon dioxide in streams and soil could have implications for the forest ecosystem, and the carbon...
  • Top 10 Junk Science Moments of 2006

    12/28/2006 10:03:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 98 replies · 2,246+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | Dec 22, 2006 | Compiled by
    10. California’s Not-so-deadly Air. Bill Clinton and Julia Roberts stumped for California’s Proposition 87 which would tax oil to fund alternative energy research. Mr. Clinton and Ms. Roberts claimed that California’s air is the “worst in the nation” and that it was linked with more asthma, bronchitis, lung cancer, heart disease, lung disease and premature death. But data (as opposed to political rhetoric) indicate that California’s public health is generally better than that of states which fully meet federal air quality standards. Maybe that’s one reason why voters rejected Proposition 87. 9. Food police indict SpongeBob Squarepants. Several anti-fun food...
  • Cow 'emissions' more damaging to planet than CO2 from cars

    12/10/2006 3:41:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 822+ views
    Dezember 10, 2006 | Geoffrey Lean
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  • UN Downgrades Man's Impact On The Climate

    12/09/2006 7:19:15 PM PST · by blam · 85 replies · 1,624+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-10-2006 | Richard Gray
    UN downgrades man's impact on the climate Richard Gray, Science Correspondent, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 1:32am GMT 10/12/2006 Mankind has had less effect on global warming than previously supposed, a United Nations report on climate change will claim next year. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says there can be little doubt that humans are responsible for warming the planet, but the organisation has reduced its overall estimate of this effect by 25 per cent. In a final draft of its fourth assessment report, to be published in February, the panel reports that the level of carbon dioxide in...
  • Level of important greenhouse gas has stopped growing

    11/20/2006 2:02:44 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 26 replies · 727+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | November 20, 2006 | Staff
    Scientists at UC Irvine have determined that levels of atmospheric methane -- an influential greenhouse gas -- have stayed nearly flat for the past seven years, which follows a rise that spanned at least two decades. This finding indicates that methane may no longer be as large a global warming threat as previously thought, and it provides evidence that methane levels can be controlled. Scientists also found that pulses of increased methane were paralleled by increases of ethane, a gas known to be emitted during fires. This is further indication that methane is formed during biomass burning, and that large-scale...
  • Talk of manipulating Earth's climate (Here we go again)

    11/19/2006 1:07:23 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 46 replies · 795+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 18, 2006 | John Donnelly
    WASHINGTON -- The idea seems like something out of a Superman comic: A machine or missile shoots tons of particles into the atmosphere that would block the sun's rays, cool down the overheated Earth, and reverse global warming. But today some of the country's leading minds in science, history, and economics will gather in a closed session organized by NASA and Stanford University to discuss researching such a strategy -- a subject long taboo in environmental circles because so much could go wrong. Some fear it would be seen as a quick fix, replacing the need to reduce fossil fuel...
  • Scientists: Pollution could combat global warming

    11/16/2006 9:17:16 AM PST · by Mazda3Fan · 8 replies · 289+ views
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Air pollution may be just the thing to fight global warming, some scientists say. Prominent scientists, among them a Nobel laureate, said a layer of pollution deliberately spewed into the atmosphere could act as a "shade" from the sun's rays and help cool the planet.
  • NCPA: Warming Caused by Natural Cycle, Not Humans

    11/16/2006 9:26:02 AM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 79 replies · 1,938+ views
    U.S. Newswire ^ | November 16, 2006 | Staff
    DALLAS, Nov. 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Human activities have little to do with the Earth's current warming trend, according to a new book by Denis Avery and Fred Singer, adjunct scholars with the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). In fact, the book concludes that global warming and cooling seem to be part of a 1,500-year cycle of moderate temperature swings. Coming out as the leadership of Congress shifts, the book -- "Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years -- builds on research the two previously outlined in an NCPA study, found here: "The evidence supporting a 1,500- year cycle...
  • Volcanic aerosol clouds and gases lead to ozone destruction

    11/10/2006 5:58:53 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 52 replies · 1,034+ views
    EurekAlert! News ^ | November 8, 2006 | Staff
    Volcanic eruptions destroy ozone and create 'mini-ozone holes', according to two new studies by researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford. The new research, spearheaded by Dr Genevieve Millard at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, discovered that volcanic gases released during eruptions accelerate reactions that lead to ozone destruction. The researchers found that even relatively small volcanic eruptions can destroy ozone and create localised 'holes' in the stratosphere. Previously, scientists had concentrated on the climatic effects of the tiny particles of volcanic sulphate created from the sulphur dioxide gas emitted during an eruption. For the first...
  • Space sunshade might be feasible in global warming emergency (Giant shield update)

    11/03/2006 11:04:11 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 17 replies · 383+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | November 3, 2006 | Staff
    The possibility that global warming will trigger abrupt climate change is something people might not want to think about. But University of Arizona astronomer Roger Angel thinks about it. Angel, a University of Arizona Regents' Professor and one of the world's foremost minds in modern optics, directs the Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory and the Center for Astronomical Adaptive Optics. He has won top honors for his many extraordinary conceptual ideas that have become practical engineering solutions for astronomy. For the past year, Angel has been looking at ways to cool the Earth in an emergency. He's been studying the practicality...
  • Himalayan glaciers resist melting -Chinese scientist

    10/20/2006 10:02:59 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 21 replies · 699+ views ^ | Tue Oct 17, 12:21 PM ET
    Glaciers in the Himalayas have not drastically shrunk despite global warming and are unlikely to melt away in coming decades, a Chinese scientist said. Zhang Wenjing, glacier expert at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, discounted previous forecasts that glaciers across western China could disappear in decades or the Himalayan glaciers could melt away 50 years, Xinhua news agency reported. "Those predictions may be excessively pessimistic," he said. "So far glaciers in the middle and eastern part of the Himalayas have not shrunk on any large scale."
  • U.S. Has Cooler September After Near Record Warm Summer

    10/17/2006 6:28:15 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 25 replies · 570+ views
    NOAA ^ | October 16, 2006 | Staff
    Oct. 16, 2006 — September 2006 was cooler than average for the continental U.S., providing relief from the second-warmest summer on record, according to scientists at the NOAA National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. September was the first cooler-than-average month for the continental U.S. since May 2005. Drought conditions also improved in some areas of the nation, with nationally averaged precipitation above average during September. The global temperature remained well above average. (Click NOAA image for larger view of January-September 2006 statewide temperature rankings. Please credit “NOAA.”) U.S. Temperature Highlights The September 2006 temperature for the contiguous United States...
  • Dust May Dampen Hurricane Fury (Ready, set, POLLUTE!)

    10/11/2006 9:43:35 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 17 replies · 533+ views
    Science Daily ^ | October 11, 2006 | Staff
    After more than a dozen hurricanes battered the Atlantic Ocean last year, scientists are wondering what - if anything - might be causing stronger and more frequent storms. Some have pointed to rising ocean temperatures, brought on by global warming. Others say the upswing is simply part of a natural cycle in which hurricanes get worse for a decade or two before dying down again. Now, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have put forward an intriguing theory that introduces a whole new dimension to the debate. Writing today (Oct. 10, 2006) in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, the scientists...
  • Natural climate change periodically wipes out mammal species: study (Warming is routine)

    10/11/2006 1:55:57 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 15 replies · 788+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | October 11, 2006 | Staff
    Climate change, naturally induced by tiny shifts in Earth's rotational axis and orbit, periodically wipes out species of mammals, a study published on Thursday says. Palaeontologists have long puzzled over fossil records that, remarkably, suggest mammal species tend to last around two and a half million years before becoming extinct. Climate experts and biologists led by Jan van Dam at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, overlaid a picture of species emergence and extinction with changes that occur in Earth's orbit and axis. The Earth's orbit is not a perfect circle: it is slightly elliptical, and the ellipticality itself...
  • Sun's Activity Increased in Past Century, Study Confirms

    09/29/2006 1:15:39 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 90 replies · 2,356+ views ^ | 9/26/06 | By Jeanna Bryner
    The energy output from the Sun has increased significantly during the 20th century, according to a new study. Many studies have attempted to determine whether there is an upward trend in the average magnitude of sunspots and solar flares over time, but few firm conclusions have been reached. Now, an international team of researchers led by Ilya Usoskin of the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory at the University of Oulu, Finland, may have the answer. They examined meteorites that had fallen to Earth over the past 240 years. By analyzing the amount of titanium 44, a radioactive isotope, the team found a...
  • Aspen tells skiers sport may be doomed ( Wacko Global Warming )

    09/22/2006 11:43:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 75 replies · 1,596+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | September 22, 2006 | Scott Condon
    In new ads, ski company says global warming could dry up snow during the next century... The Aspen Skiing Co. hopes potential customers are ready for a snow job. On Wednesday, the company unveiled a new advertising campaign for the 2006-07 season that centers around the message that snow — and skiing — will disappear around 2100 if humans don’t take drastic action to slow global warming. Three full-page ads, which show a melting snowflake imposed over Highland Bowl, will run in SKI and Outside magazines in the next few months. One ad portrays a “certificate of death” for snow....
  • British Billionaire Makes Global Warming Pledge

    09/21/2006 8:17:06 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 36 replies · 810+ views
    ABC ^ | September 21, 2006 | DEEPTI HAJELA
    British business mogul Richard Branson on Thursday pledged to invest about $3 billion over the next decade to combat global warming and promote alternative energy, saying that it was critical to protect the environment for future generations. Branson, the billionaire behind the multi-platform Virgin brand, said the money would come from 100 percent of the profits generated by his transportation sectors -- trains and airline companies. It will be invested in efforts to find renewable, sustainable energy sources in an effort to wean the world off oil and coal. The so-called "rebel billionaire" -- wearing a dress coat with no...

    09/21/2006 12:49:06 PM PDT · by NY.SS-Bar9 · 47 replies · 1,125+ views
    NOAA ^ | 9/21/2006 | NOAA
    Sept. 21, 2006 — The average temperature of the water near the top of the Earth's oceans has cooled significantly since 2003. The new research suggests that global warming trends are not always steady in their effects on ocean temperatures. [SNIP]Lyman said the recent cooling is not unprecedented. "While global ocean temperatures have generally increased over the past 50 years, there have also been substantial decadal decreases," he said. "Other studies have shown that a similar rapid cooling took place from 1980 to 1983. But overall, the long-term trend is warming."[SNIP]Lyman said the cause of the recent cooling is not...
  • Colorado State professor disputes global warming is human-caused

    09/19/2006 5:38:34 PM PDT · by DaveTesla · 86 replies · 1,802+ views
    The Daily Reporter-Herald ^ | 9/19/2006 | Kate Martin
    Global warming is happening, but humans are not the cause, one of the nation’s top experts on hurricanes said Monday morning. Bill Gray, who has studied tropical meteorology for more than 40 years, spoke at the Larimer County Republican Club Breakfast about global warming and whether humans are to blame. About 50 people were at the talk. Gray, who is a professor at Colorado State University, said human-induced global warming is a fear perpetuated by the media and scientists who are trying to get federal grants. “I think we’re coming out of the little ice age, and warming is due...
  • Global warming: Will the Sun come to our rescue?

    09/17/2006 9:20:16 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 25 replies · 1,168+ views
    New Scientist ^ | September 15, 2006 | Stuart Clark
    We may have one last chance to tackle climate change, and it comes from the unlikeliest source, as New Scientist discovers IT is known as the Little Ice Age. Bitter winters blighted much of the northern hemisphere for decades in the second half of the 17th century. The French army used frozen rivers as thoroughfares to invade the Netherlands. New Yorkers walked from Manhattan to Staten Island across the frozen harbour. Sea ice surrounded Iceland for miles and the island's population halved. It wasn't the first time temperatures had plunged: a couple of hundred years earlier, between 1420 and 1570,...
  • Will a Layer of Silt in the Sky Save the Earth?

    09/15/2006 3:02:17 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 46 replies · 947+ views
    NPR ^ | September 14, 2006 | David Kestenbaum
    A researcher says he has a way to "Save the Earth from Global Warming" -- for a while, at least. The idea is to do what volcanoes do: inject material into the stratosphere. That would create a thin haze and reflect some sunlight. The general notion has been around for decades. But the paper proposes using it not as a permanent fix, but to buy time until greenhouse gases emissions can be brought under control. The proposal appears in the journal Science this week.
  • New evidence shows Antarctica has warmed in last 150 years (Despite cooling in 90's!)

    09/05/2006 8:25:01 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 41 replies · 1,001+ views
    EurekAlert! News ^ | September 5, 2006 | University of Washington
    Despite recent indications that Antarctica cooled considerably during the 1990s, new research suggests that the world's iciest continent has been getting gradually warmer for the last 150 years, a trend not identifiable in the short meteorological records and masked at the end of the 20th century by large temperature variations. Numerous ice cores collected from five areas allowed scientists to reconstruct a temperature record that shows average Antarctic temperatures have risen about two-tenths of a degree Celsius, or about one-third of a degree Fahrenheit, in 150 years. That might not sound like much, but the overall increase includes a recorded...
  • MIT's inconvenient scientist [He doubts global warming propaganda]

    08/30/2006 6:52:17 AM PDT · by aculeus · 88 replies · 2,323+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | August 30, 2006 | By Alex Beam, Globe Columnist
    ... I sat in a roomful of journalists 10 years ago while Stanford climatologist Stephen Schneider lectured us on a big problem in our profession: soliciting opposing points of view. In the debate over climate change, Schneider said, there simply was no legitimate opposing view to the scientific consensus that man - made carbon emissions drive global warming. To suggest or report otherwise, he said, was irresponsible. Indeed. I attended a week's worth of lectures on global warming at the Chautauqua Institution last month. Al Gore delivered the kickoff lecture, and, 10 years later, he reiterated Schneider's directive. There is...
  • Global warming boost to glaciers (HUH???)

    08/25/2006 8:01:18 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 57 replies · 1,204+ views
    BBC News ^ | 08/24/06
    Global warming could be causing some glaciers to grow, a new study claims. Researchers at Newcastle University looked at temperature trends in the western Himalaya over the past century. They found warmer winters and cooler summers, combined with more snow and rainfall, could be causing some mountain glaciers to increase in size. The findings are significant, because temperature and rain and snow trends in the area impact on water availability for more than 50 million Pakistanis. Researchers focussed on the Upper Indus Basin, which is the mainstay of the national economy of Pakistan and has 170,000 sq km of irrigated...
  • Ozone-Friendly Chemicals Lead to Warming

    08/20/2006 9:07:15 AM PDT · by SmithL · 33 replies · 1,390+ views
    AP ^ | 8/20/6 | JOHN HEILPRIN
    Cool your home, warm the planet. When more than two dozen countries undertook in 1989 to fix the ozone hole over Antarctica, they began replacing chloroflourocarbons in refrigerators, air conditioners and hair spray. But they had little idea that using other gases that contain chlorine or fluorine instead also would contribute greatly to global warming. CFCs destroy ozone, the atmospheric layer that helps protect against the sun's most harmful rays, and trap the earth's heat, contributing to a rise in average surface temperatures. In theory, the ban should have helped both problems. But the countries that first signed the Montreal...
  • Scientists Disagree On Link Between Storms, Warming-Same Data, Different Conclusions

    08/19/2006 8:12:46 PM PDT · by fkabuckeyesrule · 31 replies · 697+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 20, 2006 | Juliet Eilperin
    year after Hurricane Katrina and other major storms battered the U.S. coast, the question of whether hurricanes are becoming more destructive because of global warming has become perhaps the most hotly contested question in the scientific debate over climate change. Academics have published a flurry of papers either supporting or debunking the idea that warmer temperatures linked to human activity are fueling more intense storms. The issue remains unresolved, but it has acquired a political potency that has made both sides heavily invested in the outcome.Paradoxically, the calm hurricane season in the Atlantic so far this year has only intensified...
  • Scientists: Global warming is real but this isn't it (Hot summer temps aren't global warming)

    07/30/2006 9:58:18 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 22 replies · 3,460+ views
    North Carolina Times ^ | July 30, 2006 | DAVE DOWNEY
    It's hotter than you know what outside, and the sizzling temperatures are the surest sign yet that the theory of global warming is for real, right? Well, no, not exactly, say climate scientists. "We are definitely on the global warming train and it is headed for the horizon," said Bill Patzert, a climatologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, in an interview Friday. "But this heat wave that we have been having for the last month or so, that is mostly meteorology." Southern California has been locked in a huge stationary high-pressure system that has been baking the landscape...
  • Global warming might doom skiing by 2100 (We're DOOMED)

    07/30/2006 9:50:58 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 43 replies · 805+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | July 29, 2006 | Scott Condon
    ASPEN - If humans do nothing to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, skiing in Aspen will be toast by 2100. And that's probably the least of Aspen's worries, according to a new study on climate change coordinated by The Aspen Global Change Institute and unveiled this week. Drier conditions will make it a challenge for the Roaring Fork Valley to supply its growing population with drinking water as soon as 2030, said the institute's founder, John Katzenberger. Higher temperatures and little change in precipitation will require more irrigation of hay fields and other crops. And the Aspen area won't be...
  • Global Warming Link to Hurricane Intensity Questioned

    07/28/2006 3:25:36 PM PDT · by proud_yank · 80 replies · 911+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | July 28, 2006 | John Roach
    An expert with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is questioning the connection between climate change and the appearance of more intense hurricanes in recent years. Historical data on hurricanes is too crude to determine long-term trends in intensity, says Christopher Landsea, a science and operations officer with NOAA's National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. Extreme hurricanes like Katrina were likely as common around the world 30 years ago as they are today, Landsea says. But since satellite imagery was poorer, storm intensities were underreported. Landsea is the lead author of a commentary in today's issue of the...
  • Scientists blame sun for global warming (February 13, 1998)

    04/07/2006 12:09:17 PM PDT · by george76 · 120 replies · 3,609+ views
    BBC News ^ | Climatologists and astronomers
    Climate changes such as global warming may be due to changes in the sun rather than to the release of greenhouse gases on Earth. Climatologists and astronomers speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Philadelphia say the present warming may be unusual - but a mini ice age could soon follow. The sun provides all the energy that drives our climate, but it is not the constant star it might seem. Careful studies over the last 20 years show that its overall brightness and energy output increases slightly as sunspot activity rises to the peak...
  • Antarctic Sea Ice Increases over Past Two Decades

    08/23/2002 10:57:13 PM PDT · by grundle · 4 replies · 390+ views ^ | 22 August 2002 | Staff Antarctic Sea Ice Increases over Past Two Decades By Staff 22 August 2002 In a surprising departure from other findings that point to a warming planet, a NASA researcher has found that the amount of ice in the Antarctic increased from 1979 to 1999, as measured by satellites. Many recent findings have detailed the decline of the ice cap in the Arctic, at the top of the world. These new results from the Southern Hemisphere imply that global climate change involves regional variations. Changes in ice cover are important not only because they indicate temperature changes that have...
  • Fire and Ice: The Media's 110 year history of hyping global warming/cooling/all of the above.

    05/18/2006 5:58:03 AM PDT · by freemarket_kenshepherd · 9 replies · 990+ views
    Business & Media Institute (formerly the Free Market Project) ^ | May 17, 2006 | Warren Anderson and Dan Gainor
    The Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute (formerly the Free Market Project) conducted an extensive analysis of print media’s climate change coverage back to the late 1800s. It found that many publications now claiming the world is on the brink of a global warming disaster said the same about an impending ice age – just 30 years ago. Several major ones, including The New York Times, Time magazine and Newsweek, have reported on three or even four different climate shifts since 1895. In addition, BMI found: * “Global Cooling” Was Just as Realistic: Several publications warned in the 1970s...
  • Sun's direct role in global warming may be underestimated, Duke physicists report

    09/30/2005 10:20:41 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 68 replies · 2,121+ views
    EurekAlert ^ | September 30, 2005 | Duke University
    Study does not discount the suspected contributions of 'greenhouse gases' in elevating surface temperatures DURHAM, N.C. -- At least 10 to 30 percent of global warming measured during the past two decades may be due to increased solar output rather than factors such as increased heat-absorbing carbon dioxide gas released by various human activities, two Duke University physicists report. The physicists said that their findings indicate that climate models of global warming need to be corrected for the effects of changes in solar activity. However, they emphasized that their findings do not argue against the basic theory that significant global...
  • TIME Magazine Archive Article -- Another Ice Age? -- Jun. 24, 1974(ENVIRONMENTALISM BARF!!!)

    07/11/2006 5:47:34 AM PDT · by paltz · 32 replies · 7,628+ views
    TIME MAGAZINE ^ | June 24, 1974/2006 | Time Magazine
    TIME MAGAZINE -1974LINK TO 1974 ARTICLEIn Africa, drought continues for the sixth consecutive year, adding terribly to the toll of famine victims. During 1972 record rains in parts of the U.S., Pakistan and Japan caused some of the worst flooding in centuries. In Canada's wheat belt, a particularly chilly and rainy spring has delayed planting and may well bring a disappointingly small harvest. Rainy Britain, on the other hand, has suffered from uncharacteristic dry spells the past few springs. A series of unusually cold winters has gripped the American Far West, while New England and northern Europe have recently experienced...
  • Tiny airborne particles are a major cause of climate change (Warming vs. cooling effects)

    07/20/2006 11:57:57 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 35 replies · 898+ views
    EurekAlert! News ^ | July 18, 2006 | Staff
    Rehovot, Israel -- July 17, 2006 – A scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science and his colleagues caused a storm in the atmospheric community when they suggested a few years back that tiny airborne particles, known as aerosols, may be one of the main culprits causing climate change – having, on a local scale, an even greater impact than the greenhouse gases effect. Attempts to understand how these particles influence clouds have generated many uncertainties. A new paper by Dr. Ilan Koren of the Weizmann Institute Environmental Studies and Energy Research Department and Dr. Yoram Kauffman of the NASA/Goddard...
  • A space station view on giant lightning (May play role in global warming!)

    10/04/2005 6:56:49 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 41 replies · 2,028+ views
    European Space Agency (ESA) ^ | October 3, 2005 | Staff
    Do giant flashes of lightning striking upwards from thunder clouds merely pose an extraordinarily spectacular view? Or do they actually alter the chemical composition of the atmosphere, playing a role in ozone depletion and the climate on Earth? This is the key question that may be answered by specially designed cameras, which ESA proposes to place on board the International Space Station. The International Space Station (ISS) is the ideal setting for studies of spectacular natural phenomena well hidden from us on Earth - so-called red sprites, blue jets and elves: vast flashes of lightning striking not from clouds to...
  • There is no ‘consensus’ on global warming

    07/12/2006 9:42:12 PM PDT · by byteback · 33 replies · 1,213+ views
    SF Examiner ^ | July 12, 2006 | Richard S. Lindzen
    To take the issue of rising sea levels, these include: that the Arctic was as warm or warmer in 1940; that icebergs have been known since time immemorial; that the evidence so far suggests that the Greenland ice sheet is actually growing on average. A likely result of all this is increased pressure pushing ice off the coastal perimeter of that island land, which is depicted so ominously in Gore’s movie. In the absence of factual context, these images are perhaps dire or alarming. They are less so otherwise. Alpine glaciers have been retreating since the early 19th century, and...

    07/14/2006 6:09:51 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 29 replies · 838+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 14, 2006
    EVERYBODY knows Republicans don't care about global warming. But here's some surprising news: Neither do Democrats. That's the finding of a poll out this week from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, a survey of more than 1,500 U.S. adults last month. Pew found a huge partisan gap in how Americans perceive whether global warming exists and whether it's caused by humans, with Democrats tending to think it's real and man-made, and Republicans less convinced. Yet, when asked to rate a selection of 19 national issues by importance, that gap looks less significant: Republicans ranked global...
  • Climate change can wait. World health can't (What to do with $50 Billion)

    07/02/2006 7:27:19 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 16 replies · 625+ views
    THE GUARDIAN ^ | 07/02/2006 | Bjorn Lomborg,,1810738,00.html Climate change can wait. World health can't With $50bn, we could make the planet a better place but money spent on global warming would be wasted Bjorn Lomborg Sunday July 2, 2006 The Observer A city council has a Ł10m surplus, which it wants to allocate to a good cause. Ten groups clamour for the cash. One wants to buy new computers for an inner-city school. Another hopes to beautify a park. Each puts a persuasive case for the benefits they could achieve. What should the councillors do? The straightforward answer might seem to be to divide the cash...
  • NASA Study Finds Clock Ticking Slower On Ozone Hole Recovery

    06/30/2006 7:43:05 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 45 replies · 763+ views
    NASA ^ | Junen 29, 2006 | Staff
    The Antarctic ozone hole's recovery is running late. According to a new NASA study, the full return of the protective ozone over the South Pole will take nearly 20 years longer than scientists previously expected. Scientists from NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., have developed a new tool, a math-based computer model, to better predict when the ozone hole will recover. The Antarctic ozone hole is a massive loss of ozone high in the atmosphere (the stratosphere) that occurs each spring in the Southern Hemisphere. The ozone hole is...