If you believe climate change isn’t man made….you’re watching too much Fox News. Watching the climate change debate reminds me of the debate over whether or not cigarettes caused cancer. Scientists said it had harmful health effects…tobacco companies obfuscated, paid various members of academia to propose opposition research to muddy the waters. Backed by this supposed uncertainty – politicians rallied around JOBS here in the U.S. (tobacco farming was a big business) and with the help of some financial support from those who making hundreds of millions off of cigarettes – coincidentally – laws worked in the favor of the tobacco industry for decades.
Except with cigarettes – you kill yourself and maybe someone you love. With climate change – there is no Planet B.
ScienceNOW expounds on the graph above:
Ninety-three percent of the heat trapped by increasing greenhouse gases goes into warming the ocean, not the atmosphere. So taking the ocean’s temperature is the most comprehensive way to monitor global warming. A group of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists has revised and updated their decade-old compilation of temperature measurements from the upper 2000 meters of the world’s ocean. Its store of heat (red line with error bars) steadily increased over the past 20 years. And the upper ocean has warmed so much in the past 50 years that its added heat would be enough to warm the lower atmosphere by about 36°C (thankfully a physically impossible feat).
We have written about climate change HERE - an excerpt:
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is around 2,500 scientists in 130 countries with several other people helping and assisting in the development of materials related to climate change. In other words – these are the experts that you should fucking listen to.
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