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Climate Chaos!

November 2, 2011

Coming this month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release a Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.

Many recall that IPCC’s credibility was brought into question back in 2009 as the central figure in “Climategate.” The controversy broke out when more than 1,000 hacked emails, posted on the internet, showed possible alternation and elimination of unfavorable data by climate scientist at IPCC’s Climatic Research Unit. Subsequently, the IPCC was vindicated by an independent British inquiry, which found no evidence of dishonesty or corruption in the stolen e-mails.

With that being said, a summary report obtained by Seth Borenstein of The Associated Press claimed more extreme weather lays ahead. Seth goes on to say:

“….. the latest warning from top climate scientists paints a grim future: More floods, more heat waves, more droughts and greater costs to deal with them.”

“….. the extremes caused by global warming could eventually grow so severe that some locations become “increasingly marginal as places to live.”

‘….. there is at least a 2-in-3 probability that climate extremes have already worsened because of man-made greenhouse gases.”

“….. the intense, single-day rainstorms that typically happen once every 20 years will probably happen about twice a decade,”

“….. a drought could also happen more often as the world warms”

“….. climate is also connected with other manmade issues such as population growth, urban development and river management,”

“…..”for some climate extremes in many regions, the main driver for future increases in losses will be socioeconomic” rather than a result of greenhouse gases.”

“….. scientists are “virtually certain” – 99 percent – that the world will have more extreme spells of heat and fewer of cold. Heat waves could peak as much as 5 degrees hotter by mid-century and even 9 degrees hotter by the end of the century.”

“….. this year in the United States, blistering heat set 2,703 daily high temperature records, compared with only 300 cold records during that period. That made it the hottest summer in the U.S. since the Dust Bowl of 1936,”

“….. there’s an 80 percent chance that the killer Russian heat wave of 2010 would not have happened without the added push of global warming,”

“….. global warming isn’t the sole villain in future climate disasters. An even bigger problem will be the number of people – especially the poor – who live in harm’s way.”

“….. the basic findings (of the report) seem to be proven true by actual events.

In closing, whether the report changes people’s mind and initiates Washington to enact a U.S. energy policy remains to be seem. People who distrust scientists will refute the finding while wiping the sweat off their face and stacking sandbags to ward off the rising currents. Those who fear the findings will call Capitol Hill to action while lawmakers argue over same sex marriages, don’t ask don’t tell policy, where to put the border fence, who raised the most money for the upcoming elections, and how long should we let the Russians ferry our Astronauts to the Space Station.

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  1. November 2, 2011 5:18 PM

    I live in N. California and this has been the coolest summer here since 1964. Last winter was really cool. This winter is projected to be very cool too. So I guess global warming is passing us up. As I have pointed out before the temperature from 1100-1200 AD was warmer then it is now. Growing seasons were longer and crops were grown farther north because of the warmer climate.
    I read recently that record temperatures were set in Texas in about 1920. There was a period in Texas that had a longer stretch of heat and dry weather what is going on now. So again the global warming hysteria is not correct.
    Russian scientist found that other planets in our solar system are getting warmer too. How can that be if there are no humans, cars ETC ETC to increase the CO2?
    Could it be as many scientist be caused by increase sunspot activity as it is believed in 1100-1200 AD. Man has nothing to do with that.
    So if this is the cause of global warming if it really exists then there is not a damn thing that money bags Al Gore or anyone else can do about it.
    So now California is going to pass cap and trade. So there goes the rest of the businesses in the state to other regions and probably China.

  2. November 2, 2011 8:32 PM

    Terry,

    By your logic, which escapes me, if you were a fish you would say the earth is all water. No offense, but I don’t think you have the computing capabilities that the scientists do. Guess when you get sick you go to a witch doctor rather than a certified physician.

    Also, you are taking the most ridiculous stance on doing nothing. According to the generosity of your statement, we should be living in caves and writing on the walls with stone.

    Get real and get with society. Kissing your ass and saying good bye is far from being proactive.

    Barry

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