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Originally posted by Off_The_Street
You want fast, bubba? I'll give you fast:
"Based on the views of Jim McCanney and Tom Beardon, I think we're spending too much money on things we don't need. like science education programs."
Originally posted by cryptorsa1001
The report does indicate that the warming of the earth will have different climatic changes to different regions of the earth. When I lived in Juneau, alaska in 1991 we had the record for maximum rainfall at 85.15 inches, the average is 54 inches per year. Here in Ohio the last 3 years have been in the top 10 wettest years in recorded history. We have had 10 plus inches of rain in January already.
In June of 1999 the latest ice core data from the Vostok site in Antarctica were published by Petit et al in the British journal Nature. These new data extended the historical record of temperature variations and atmospheric concentrations of CO2, methane and other greenhouse trace gases (GTG) back to 420,000 years before present (BP).
Given all the new ice core data, what changes can we anticipate for our climate? If CO2 has increased over the past 150 years as much as it normally increases over thousands of years leading up to an interglacial phase (about 80 ppmv), then we could expect as much as a corresponding 10-12C increase in temperature. But if half the historical temperature increases have been due to orbital forcing and other factors, then we should expect an increase of "only" about 5-6C, or 9-11F.
Most computer models don't predict either of these magnitudes of temperature change for the new century. They typically cite evidence indicating that overall global temperatures have not changed as much as polar temperatures, where the ice cores were taken, and that increases of only 2-3C should be anticipated. Unfortunately, new evidence from high-elevation tropical ice cores indicates that this is not really the case. The latest data show that the amplitude of sub-polar temperature changes has been in the range of 8-12C, which is not all that different from the 10-12C found at the poles.