posted on Jan, 26 2005 @ 12:41 AM
Global Warming, specifically, is, and only is, the theory that man made increases in atmosphere greenhouse gases, almost exclusively CO2, are
resulting in a warming of the atmosphere, and hence a warming of the overall global climate.
Not 'freak weather', which isn't even happening. A month ago people thought it was freaky that it hadn't snowed (in the parts that it hadn't
snowed it). Now that it snowed a bunch, people think its 'freaky' that it snowed.
Anyone claiming that the weather is unusual needs to demonstrate that it is with reference to actual weather records.
Anyone that wants to say that global warming is occuring (ie that there is an unnatural increase in overall global temperature as a result of
atmospheric warming due to industrial emmissions of co2), needs to demonstrate that this is actually occuring.
There is a reason why there is no consensus amoung scientists on this. Because there is not enough evidence to make the theory something that is
Global Warming has not been refuted. It also hasn't been demonstrated to be occuring.
I for one, find it hard to beleive that an increase of greenhouse gases will not have a corresponding increase in tempurature. And yet, there is no
increase clearly linked to emissions.
Also, there is far too much hysteria on this topic. Global Warming means that the planet gets warmer. In El Nino events, large portions of the
planet are warmer. Apparently, this increase in percipitation and warmth results in bumper crops across most of the planet.
It could result in less active weather. It could result in more active weather. It could mean more wind, less percipitation, or vice versa or
Heck, now people are saying that GW can result in a global ice age, because a set of super icebergs might snap off the arctic, melt, desalinate the
north atlantic, and shut down the MOC, thus affecting global water circulation, thus resulting in a cooling of the north.
No one knows.
What is known is that man has survived ice ages and intense warming periods. Global warming is not a 'disaster'. Its a slow incremental process
that will change things, perhaps it results in desertification of the central parts of the US and a collapse of any farming ability forthe US. Perhaps
it results in bumper crops. But the world is not going to end because of global warming, despite what some movies portray.