Global Warming Roundup

From news hits in the past day:

Global Warming may have to take a backseat to global economic concerns.   Why? The dirty little secret of the CO2 police is that measures to curb CO2 pollution have an impact on the economies of the countries doing the curbing.  Instituting CO2 control measures is costly and doesn’t return much on the investment (other than SAVING THE PLANET!).  So not many people are happily trotting the AGW line when their livelihood is at stake.

The global increase in temperatures is threatening the King Penguin.  Just like any climae change cycle, populations live and die based upon their current climate and if they can adapt to newer climates.  It’s called “evolution”, and it’s a response to pressure.  Odd that the radical environmentalists want people to stop the evolution of species.  I thought we weren’t supposed to meddle in the affairs of nature?  Oh, except for causing “global warming”.  Riiight.

Global Warming Strikes South Korea!  Millions save money on heating costs!  Remember, localized warming is proof of global warming, but global cooling is not proof of global cooling.  And localized cooler temperatures?  Yeah, let’s not even go there.  Allegorical evidence is fine if you support the AGW hypothesis, but very very bad if you’re an opponent of the AGW hypothesis.

What Global Warming means for Africa, from a biased point of view.  When the world warmed up in the past, it must have wiped all life out on the African continent, because increased rain made the soil less fertile and the increased temperature and rainfall caused more droughts and desertification.  Go ahead and read it, and wonder in amazement that the African continent isn’t one big charred, dry husk.

Finally, we have an OK article about Global Warming Skepticism over at Merinews.  The author leans on active volcanism to suggest that CO2 from volcanic sources is a major source of CO2 in the atmosphere (and would explain isotopic differences, but volcanic eruptions do not explain the progressive increase of CO2, and some of that would be man-made).  Remember that CO2 takes 10-110 years to remove from the atmosphere, so any non-biocyclical influence would force an increase, something CO2 from man-made sources and volcanoes causes.

Probably the biggest kudos I can say to that argument is rapping the knuckles of the “deniers”, those who think Global Warming isn’t happening.  The overall temperature of the earth has gone up nearly 1 degree C, so yes, it’s warming.  The argument is the source of the heating, and there’s plenty of reasons to think the major component is not greenhouse gas.  But guilt seems to push us that direction…


4 Responses to “Global Warming Roundup”

  1. 1 mick
    April 2, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Antarctica is cooling, at least locally. How are the penguins in danger?

  2. 2 docattheautopsy
    April 2, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    King Penguins live on the fringe of Antarctica, where the waters have warmed to cause a little warming. It’s shifted the King’s feeding habits and the range they have to travel to feed, which, in turn, puts them in greater danger of predators. The cooler, thicker Antarctic glaciers don’t really have an impact on the King Penguins, until the glaciers push the ice shelves further out on the fringe of the continent.

  3. April 3, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Scientists in the U.K. have reported evidence that further refutes one theory of global climate change.

    In the heated debate over global warming, there is an opposing idea, called the cosmic ray theory, which contends that climate change is simply caused by cosmic rays coming from the sun.

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