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Global Warming News of the Week

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Here is our latest global warming weekly roundup. A lot of big news this week, but what is to be expected?

Global Warming and Extreme Weather Events

Kicking off the global warming news for the week, Bryan Walsh of TIME’s ecocentric blog called this year’s Asian floods the “biggest humanitarian disaster in recent memory—bigger even than the earthquake that hit Haiti in January and the 2004 Asian tsunami.” Walsh also didn’t neglect to say that “the unrelenting rains that have produced the Asian flood is the sort of extreme weather that is likely to become more common with climate change.” Furthermore, he references the global weirding term Thomas Friedman coined that I (and others) love — because it nails the issue so well. “It’s all part of what Thomas Friedman has called ‘global weirding‘—the weather gets strange and unpredictable, with the extremes getting more extreme. ”

After reporting that January through July was the hottest Jan-July on record, NASA went on to reiterate that the heat and extreme weather events in July are what we should be expecting in a warming world — this is “what global warming looks like.” The World Meteorological Organization says basically the same thing in an article titled “Unprecedented sequence of extreme weather events.”

1/5th of Pakistan is under water, thousands have died; over 140 million people in China have been affected by weeks of flooding there; millions of dollars in damage have been caused in Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic from flooding this summer; and fires have killed thousands and caused $15 billion in damage in Russia — this is what climate scientists have been warning us about and this is what will become more and more common in a warming world.

Of course, all of these extreme weather events alone are not conclusive evidence of global warming, but the are exactly what is predicted by climate scientists. Proof of global warming continues to grow, the effects and causes of global warming are becoming more clear, and the scientists are in near unison on these matters… but some still seem determined to wait until their children or grandchildren don’t have food, suffer or die in a storm or fire, or burn

More Global Warming Skeptics Changing Their Views

Someone who has not been the most enlightened when it comes to global warming (or global weirding), science editor of the Daily Mail Michael Hanlon has announced that he is changing is stance on the matter due to recent events in Greenland and his trip to this country (which he now refers to as “Global Warming Ground Zero”). Yesterday, Hanlon wrote:  “I have long been something of a climate-change sceptic, but my views in recent years have shifted. For me, the most convincing evidence that something worrying is going on lies right here in the Arctic” (emphasis added). Joss Garman said Hanlon “could previously be seen as the UK’s most influential ‘sceptic’” and has a good story on this and other recent changes in conservative media with regards to global warming.

And on the other side of the Atlantic: “One of America’s most influential global warming skeptics, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers, has finally admitted that global warming is “caused by man.'” Brad Johnson of The Wonk Room has more on this plus a video.

Meanwhile, one of the most infamous and ridiculous global warming deniers in the world, Christopher Monckton (aka Lord Monckton), has been directly and bluntly told by the House of Lords that he needs to stop claiming he is a member of the upper house.

Worst Ethical Scandal in the U.S. Congress

Influential players in the media may be finally coming around, but that doesn’t change that the U.S. Congress (in particular, the Senate) just completely failed acting on this matter. Donald A Brown of Climate Ethics discusses if this is “the worst ethical scandal in the US Congres.” Putting in my 2 cents — yes!

Humans Have More than Heat Waves and Floods to Worry About

Of course, heat waves, fires, hurricanes, and floods are enough of a problem, but another critical problem — mass extinction of species — is expected to result from global warming. Biodiversity is key to our own health and safety as well. This may not be as obvious to many as the threats mentioned above, but I think they are no smaller. A new study out finds that 60% of species recovery plans identify global warming as an extinction threat.

Yes, there’s bad news and bad news on the global warming front. The only good news is that more people are waking up to the problem due to this bad news, but in a few decades, waking people up to the problem will not be the issue.

To follow up this downer post, I have a more uplifting post coming next about green tech and green living news of the week.

Photo Credit: DFID – UK Department for International Development via flickr




12 comments
  1. Anonymous

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  2. Rev. Daniel W. Blair

    The oil spills, hurricanes, floods, mudslides, and the global heat wave (which have been the cause of many fires, toxic smoke, and deaths) have many searching for answers. The internet is buzzing with articles and excellent blogs. But could it be simply the biblical sequence of God’s wrath being poured out upon the earth which is relevant to current events in today’s world. What if we are dealing with the wrath of God? Please understand the wrath of God is letting man slip deeper and deeper into the consequences of his own sin. Please visit my website at http://www.revelation-truth.org . Rev. Daniel W. Blair author of the book Final Warning

  3. Ian Mc Vindicated

    Oh God, it was hot today in Sydney ( Nova Scotia ) I could have sworn it was a record, it was so friggin hot. Usually summer is just about over in mid-August, so it was nice to go swimming this late in the year…I had to check the record book….Well, the temp today was 24 C , but the record was 33.4 degrees C., set back in 1947…WOW….what was up with that …that was before the whole global cooling scam of the 70’s and long before the AGW global warming scam of the past 20 years…
    You guys in the alarmist crowd are getting so desperate, you link weather to climate, and climate to weather, to suit your agenda.
    P.S. More people are becoming skeptics than the rare turncoat who decides to follow the AGW mantra.
    I refer all of you to one website: http://www.climatedepot.com
    It has some good information there, which may interest many of you who are on the fence.

    1. Zachary Shahan

      Ian, your welcome to your opinion, but the # of climate scientists who doubt all of this is not increasing — 97% are firm on the theory of global warming and who is causing it (http://planetsave.com/2010/06/27/the-scientists-do-agree-on-global-warming/). And the top scientists and scientific bodies in the world have strongly and clearly backed it up (http://planetsave.com/2010/05/07/255-leading-scientists-11-nobel-laureates-write-letter-supporting-climate-scientists-climate-science/ ; http://climateprogress.org/2010/02/13/science-met-office-and-royal-society-on-the-connection-between-global-warming-and-extreme-weather/). And, as you can see in the article above, even several long-time climate skeptics have changed their opinion on the matter in light of all the scientific evidence and inquiries backing up the theory. And since everything climate scientists predicted is occurring. And more conservatives are speaking out in support of the scientific conclusions as well (http://planetsave.com/blog/blog/2010/07/17/excellent-article-in-national-post-about-climate-deniers-written-by-a-conservative/ ; http://climateprogress.org/2010/07/28/stavins-and-schmalensee-cap-and-trade/)

  4. M. Btok

    http://www.todaysviews.com/?p=371
    HAARP Weather Weapon is responsible for Climate change
    TITLE: HAARP Weather Weapon is responsible for Climate change. PAKISTAN FLOODS, CHINESE MUDSLIDES & RUSSIAN WILDFIRES.
    As in my earlier posts I have no doubt in my mind that we are witnessing a new age in global warfare.
    Freak devastating weather conditions are witnessed each and every year sometimes twice if not 3 times a year.
    The most catastrophic of the effects of HAARP in my humble opinion has occured over Pakistan, China and Russia.
    Please read articles on why PAKISTAN floods were caused by The HAARP weapon;
    http://rupeenews.com/2010/08/12/the-haarp-weapon-explosion-of-air-blue-and-the-flooding-of-one-fifth-of-pakistan/
    http://rupeenews.com/2010/08/13/%e2%80%9crivers-of-water%e2%80%9d-in-our-atmosphere/
    http://rupeenews.com/2010/08/14/new-world-order-weather-weapons-%e2%80%93-new-phase-of-global-warfare/#comment-28217
    http://rupeenews.com/2010/08/11/pakistani-floods-was-haarp-technology-used/
    HAARP is real it is being used under the disguise of unclassified scientific research but under the vigil and control of the U.S army and navy.
    Jesse Ventura a one time governor in the USA, Navy seal, fighter and movie star in his popular show on exposing government cover ups has previously exposed some great un anaswered questions concerning 9/11, 2012 myan prophecy and U.S.A making bunkers underneath Dallas Airport. Among his programmes was one on HAARP Weather Weapon being unleashed to an unsuspecting people across the globe.
    With all this going on it made me think is Climate Change a bluff to cover up secret experiments the USA is conducting on our atmosphere, heating our atmosphere, changing climate conditions but more importantly can “punch holes” in the ozone layer and create the green house effect.
    World renowned scientist Dr. Rosalie Bertell confirms that “US military scientists … are working on weather systems as a potential weapon. The methods include the enhancing of storms and the diverting of vapor rivers in the Earth’s atmosphere to produce targeted droughts or floods.”
    Already in the 1970s, former National Security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski had foreseen in his book “Between Two Ages” that:
    “Technology will make available, to the leaders of major nations, techniques for conducting secret warfare, of which only a bare minimum of the security forces need be appraised… [T]echniques of weather modification could be employed to produce prolonged periods of drought or storm.”
    Marc Filterman, a former French military officer, outlines several types of “unconventional weapons” using radio frequencies.
    He refers to “weather war,” indicating that the U.S. and the Soviet Union had already “mastered the know-how needed to unleash sudden climate changes (hurricanes, drought) in the early 1980s.”
    These technologies make it “possible to trigger atmospheric disturbances by using Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) radar [waves].”
    According to Dr. Rosalie Bertell, HAARP is just “part” of an integrated new age weapons system which has the ability to cause untold environmental long term or pemanent damage:
    HAARP technology is the outcome of 50 years of research that began in the 1940′s and in the 1990′s was bought out by the US millitary and navy
    .
    The Unites States is also creating a spaceplane and spacestation to research the atmosphere from above the earth no doubt a new phase in unleashing this destructive weapon across the globe with absolute ease.
    HAARP has been an important part of a space and a space based weapons programme that gained a great impetus during the Reagan years under the STAR WARS project.
    The military implications of the ability of the HAARP / Spacelab/ rocket combination to concentrate very large amount of energy equating tot he energy and devastation of a nuclear bomb, anywhere across the earth by using laser and particle beams is no longer a science fiction story found in comic books.
    How will the public be fooled?
    It is being sold as a unclassified research facility with all the hall marks of a covert classified operation shrouded in secrecy.
    It is being sold as a weather research facility and techology.
    It will at one stage be sold as a “defence” mechanism against missile and nuclear strike once further questions are asked about this devastating weapon.
    Among it’s many benefits will be to provide drought ridden places with water or med the Ozone layer.
    The reality is, it is a Weather based weapons programme part of an integrated space based global weapons programme controleld by the US millitary and Navy and is causing the effects of global warming.
    It will be introduced as a champion to changing climate change or to reverseing global warming.
    It will be introduced as a means to make America strong, not that America has”ever” had anything to fear.
    “From military command points in the US, entire national economies could potentially be destabilized through climatic manipulations.
    More importantly, the latter can be implemented without the knowledge of the enemy, at minimal cost and without engaging military personnel and equipment as in a conventional war.
    The use of HAARP has potentially devastating impacts on the World’s climate. Responding to US economic and strategic interests, it could be used to selectively modify climate in different parts of the World resulting in the destabilization of agricultural and ecological systems”
    http://edstrong.blog-city.com/haarp_us_has_cimatechange_weapon_did_it_cause_katrina.htm
    Pakistan Floods, Chinese Mudslides and Russian wildfires bear the traits of this elusive devastating weapon. When it is in full operation unleashed from a space based mechanism be this a ship/plane or station it can cripple nations across the world.
    Climate Change:
    Deliberate climate change or climate midification technology has never been mentioned in public or mentioned in any forum discussing Climate Chnage in the UN.
    The facts are all there, HAARP is energising and altering the world’s climate. This has been going on since the 1990′s approximately around the time when global warming was given global coverage.
    Global warming is a coverup to allow HAARP to experiment on our earths atmosphere and the green economy has made profits for nations and governments across the world.
    I urge people to look into HAARP technology which was shut down by Clinton and restarted by Bush.
    If you are reading this, please spread the truth, look into this.
    Information is knowledge and knowledge is power.
    There are countless truth seekers out there exposing their lies.
    HAARP is a reality and is global warming a myth.
    Spread the truth the peace and stability of this world depends on it

  5. Orkneygal

    A STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF MULTIPLE TEMPERATURE PROXIES:
    ARE RECONSTRUCTIONS OF SURFACE TEMPERATURES OVER THE LAST 1000 YEARS RELIABLE?

    “We find that the proxies do not predict temperature significantly better than random series generated independently of temperature. Furthermore, various model specifications that perform similarly at predicting temperature produce extremely different historical backcasts. Finally, the proxies seem unable to forecast the high levels of and sharp run-up in temperature in the 1990s either in-sample or from contiguous holdout blocks, thus casting doubt on their ability to predict such phenomena if in fact they occurred several hundred years ago.”

    http://preview.tinyurl.com/2995o8y

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