Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Yes, It's Cold Outside...And Yes, It's Warmer In The Arctic

Climate change deniers from Rush Limbaugh to Mark Belling will never be persuaded, and around here the snowy December makes it hard to keep the big picture in mind - - but hard data indicate Arctic ice is melting at a ferocious pace and the consequences for the rest of the planet are not going to be pretty.

Besides keeping sea levels relatively constant - - meaning shorelines more or less intact - - the Arctic ice reflects sunlight that, if absorbed, make the oceans and the the air a lot warmer.

More drought, anyone, combined with shorter, heavier rainy downbursts that farmland and city storm sewer systems cannot efficiently absorb?

I'm dealing with snow and ice and shoveling like the rest of us - - but it's not distracting me from absorbing and accepting what the best scientific minds and climatological measuring devices are telling me.

I note that a group of scientists has traveled all the way to Bali to debunk global warming and the United Nations teams that have put together many recent studies.

This blog: fair and balanced.

4 comments:

somewhere in the middle said...

Not to spam, but I also found this story (and the discussion) interesting

http://www.dailytech.com/Noted+Sea+Level+Expert+Accuses+IPCC+of+Falsifying+Data/article9978.htm

Cheers,

John P said...

James:

If you think that your blog is fair and balanced when it comes to the man made Global Warming hoax, I have some swamp land to sell you. More and more scientists are speaking out against man made global warming for the myth that it is. It is not just Rush and Mark. But you will just say that all of these people are bought and paid for by special interests, which is the typical liberal response to everything.

But, hey, I do agree with you on public transportation and light rail.

Anonymous said...

"This blog: fair and balanced??"

Oh brother, I'm going to be laughing about that one for a very, very, very, very, very, very,very, very, very, very,very, very,very, very...long time.

James Rowen said...

This blog IS fair and balanced and I aam shocked, shocked that anyone would say otherwise.

For examplei, I am for both light rail and commuter rail.

I think I have spread my criticism of right-wing talk radio equally beteeen Mark Belling and Charlie Sykes.

And I have written extensively about both Lakes Michigan and Superior.

Note, in a more serious vein, that I post comments repeatedly about global warming, gun control, energy, sprawl and otehr issues from people who disagree with me.

Some bloggers on the other side of the virtual divide have not always done that.