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Global Warming is the same as Y2K?

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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.)

Written by unitedcats

August 12, 2007 at 8:39 am

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  1. Vote for Ron Paul to stop Global Warming.

    Invest in America, not inflate the riches of Arab ‘Royalty’ and their US corporate minions.

    Proper policy is the answer. American liberty means not being hooked on foreign oil. There are alternatives to oil. Even the reviled French have 70% power from nuclear. Have you ever considered the oil barons have an agenda to keep nuclear power out? Might they not manipulate elements of the ‘green’ crowd to make it stay that way? Think about it.


    August 12, 2007 at 12:40 pm

  2. […] today is the gleeful and uncritical acceptance of the refutation of global warming last week. (Others have dealt at length with the “refutation”). This, naturally belies last week’s Newsweek cover story […]

  3. What’s America’s first cutest animal?


    August 12, 2007 at 6:48 pm

  4. The Polar Bear. At least according to a WWF vote. Personally I have trouble regarding a man-eating mammal as being cute in any way.


    August 12, 2007 at 9:37 pm

  5. Never!!!!

    It is cats or bust!!!!

    On the subject of the USHCN data error, what I am concerned about is

    1) The location of climate record stations in obviously stupid locations as seen in

    I mean, seriously, common sense tells you that you do not leave delicate instrumentation next to air conditioner vents! Why won’t the USHCN just relocate the stations, or at least carry out a control experiment to determine how much adjustment should be made for stations situated in the middle of asphalt?

    2) The refusal of USHCN to release its methodology and calculations. What is there to hide, honestly? If the science is correct, then explaining what factors were used to adjust the temperature data will go a long way towards building/restoring credibility.

    Taking the above two points together, it should be clear why skeptics can accuse climate scientists of bias and unethical data manipulation. To resolve these accusations and refute the critics, just show your methods.

    3) The US is just the US, not the other 98% of the world. But the argument is that if the US where the technology is established and the scientists are well trained can have such gross errors and flawed methodology, what about the rest of the world? Is the data reliable? Are the scientists cheating, and can we tell? Or are we expected to believe by faith what they tell us?

    Scott Thong

    August 13, 2007 at 11:39 pm

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