Global Warming is the same as Y2K?
Well, there’s been a lot of global warming news lately. Has been for awhile actually, scientists have continued to document it seven ways from Sunday. However, there has been a recent development that has the “global warming is a hoax” people very excited. Apparently it has been discovered that there is a problem with temperature records in the USA, and that the average USA temperatures on th last six years have been revised downwards slightly.
What does this mean? Well, apparently if you are a global warming denier it’s a wonderful opportunity to belittle scientists and people who think that anthropogenic climate change is a problem. I’m not even going to link to any of the sites breaking this basically non-news because they are so filled with insults and name calling and high fives. Why people think they have any logical and scientific credibility when they ridicule and insult people who disagree with them is a mystery to me.
Why is this non-news? Because global warming is about global warming, not warming in the USA. Most of the sites breaking this news are neglecting to mention that it is USA temperature measurements that have been revised downwards. Global temperature records are barely affected, maybe a one to two percent reduction. So this means global warming is only 98% as bad as was thought…this is important? This is proof that global warming is a hoax? Some have even gone so far as to claim this “proves” global warming is no more important than the Y2K flap. I don’t even know what to say about that, Y2K was a media flap, there was never any science involved.
In any event all this proves is that scientists are perfectly capable of adjusting their thinking and data when errors are pointed out. The data has been corrected and science moves on, the metrics about the changes global warming is wreaking world wide haven’t changed a bit. The ice caps are still melting, the arctic ice cover is still retreating, glaciers are still disappearing, and just in general global warming continues. Global warming deniers apparently can never adjust their thinking, the ones remaining appear to be like evolution deniers. Proof that they are wrong is simply ignored, any minor problems with their opponent’s arguments are hyped to the point of absurdity. They also keep trotting out the same old long ago refuted arguments. For the data that shows that this correction is trivial (like I said, 1-2%) see this site.
In global warming news, things just keep getting worse…
Tree Death Rate Doubles in CA. The rate at which trees have been dying in Sierra Nevada forests has doubled since 1983, and climate change appears to be the only explanation.
Coral Reefs disappearing more rapidly than expected. Coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific ocean have been declining faster than anyone predicted, and the effect is Ocean wide which pretty much rules out non global factors.
The oil rush is on in the Arctic. Thinning ice and warming climate have triggered an oil rush in the Arctic. Russia and Denmark are both making extraordinary territorial claims in an attempt to get control of the vast oil and gas reserves in the Arctic that until now were inaccessible due to ice cover and extreme cold. Canada is also beefing up its Arctic territorial claims. The irony of global warming making it possible to burn even more oil and make the problem even worse is interesting, nu?
Extreme weather events break records this spring. The first half of 2007 saw extreme weather events all over the globe, as well as the highest monthly global temperatures ever recorded. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a UN group of hundreds of experts, has noted an increasing trend for extreme weather events the past fifty years, and expects it to intensify.
And just for some final fun, here is a report which overviews the huge number of documented cases where plants and animals and whole ecosystems are changing in response to global warming. I wish the global warming deniers would explain how a hoax is persuading plants to bloom weeks earlier and animals to move into areas they have never been recorded in before. I mean, the Global Warming hoax has not only fooled most of the world’s scientists, it’s also fooled the world’s plants and animals? Wow.
(The above image of America’s second cutest animal, the Pika, is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. The Pika is retreating ever upwards in its quest to stay cool, and failing. The image is not being used for profit, is central to illustrating the post, and is properly attributed. Credit: James Page.)