llyOriginally posted by zeeblebot
By Christopher Booker 7:26PM GMT 13 Nov 2010
Nothing more poignantly reflects the collapse of the great global warming scare than the decision of the Chicago Carbon Exchange, the largest in the world, to stop trading ...[text shortened]... ne of the most glaring political "disconnects" in our sadly misgoverned country.
Edit: ..."collapse of the great global warming scare..."
It was the Chinese engineered collapse of Copenhagen that has changed the picture, for the interim, in carbon trading.
Global warming and climate change are not equivalent. Evidence of global warming enough to persuade and still persuade the great majority of scientists is but part of the total picture. Global warming can bring all sorts of strange effects as the global climate adjusts, including not only heating and drought, but unseasonal and deep winters and excessive weather patterns including devastating cyclones.
Those stating on the basis of a few short years the end of the climate change is now before us fail to recognize that a decade in climate statistics is the very minimal to make any statements above the purely speculative.
Here in Australia we are having much improved rainfall following a serious prolonged period of drought, similar to that which has occurred in Asia, Europe and parts of the Americas. Here the rainfall at present is related to what is known as the Southern Oscillation to do with the warming and cooling of the surrounding seas. There might even be some local benefit hopefully from the changing weather patterns caused by climate change.
But it is more than likely when the drier oscillation shifts in again in a few years it could be worse than ever and the nay sayers will be faced with new evidence of the seriousness of what is happening. I do not understand how people can continue to ignore the constant reports from all over the globe of seriously effecting climate changes.
The variability of change is evidenced by the two polar areas, one is seriously melting the other is showing little change, no doubt because the planet has a larger water surface in the Southern Hemisphere. The melting away of the Himalayan glaciers will mean firstly floods but then a huge drop in water supply for many millions of people. General supply of water is becoming a real issue in many places globally. Don't you read anything except popular rags?
Popular selective press items are not serious sources of evidence of climate change because they are only interested in profits and to increase readership everything is hyped to the max and concern for accuracy of reporting is nil. To fire up emotions and spurious debate is good to sell papers.
Global warming and climate change is happening, possibly not only because of man but certainly made more dangerous by pumping enormous amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere due to huge population increases and the large populations of India and China now becoming highly industrialized. If the warming melts more of the tundra of the northern areas, huge amounts of methane from the thawing rotting plant-life accumulated over millions of years will be released to add to it. Species after species are becoming extinct or seriously threatened. Diseases like malaria are now occurring in places that have never known them.
It is deadly serious and you laugh and point to scant evidence of nothing as against serious scientific data of varying disciplines. One day sadly, you will not laugh, for it will eventually effect you or your children directly. We really do need to get our act together and quickly, but I don't think we will. Ah, well.
As you can tell, I am one of the highly convinced. I think there might be a few others out there too.