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Originally posted by Quest
In regards to oil being an insulator, the answer is no. The N2 pumped into the oil fields as they are drained is a BETTER insulator.
Its hard to isolate sources for the change since the earth has always been changing.
Relationship to global warming
Some scientists now consider that the effects of global dimming have masked the effect of global warming, and that resolving global dimming may therefore have a major and previously unpredicted impact on temperatures and sea levels. Initial work to incorporate the effects of global dimming suggest that world temperatures may rise by 2 °C by 2030, and as much as 10 °C by 2100; this is a doubling of the widely accepted figure of a 5 °C rise in global temperature this Century. If this were to be so, such large increases would lead to the melting of the Greenland icecap, major reductions in the extent of tropical rainforests, and significant rises in sea levels.
A further speculation is that such a rise in temperature would trigger a rapid and irreversible release of the huge deposits of methane hydrates currently locked beneath the ocean floor, releasing methane gas, one of the most powerful of the greenhouse gases. A similar mechanism is one of the theories proposed to explain the Permian-Triassic extinction event approximately 252 million years ago, and the extinctions associated with the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum around 55 million years ago. It is estimated that it took the planet as long as 100,000 years to recover to a "normal state" following the Thermal Maximum.
Originally posted by Frosty
I have a question too. Is there anything horrific about global warming? I mean, I like warm weather, and I am not talking about the liberal new england summers of 88 degrees F with 30% humidity, I am talking about 97 degrees F with 96% humidity. The hotter it gets the less clothes right? Besides Texas winters are far too cold. It actually snowed here in Houston this past X-Mas!!!