posted on Oct, 3 2011 @ 11:59 PM
reply to post by nixie_nox
You do realize that there are literally hundreds of papers out there discussing the how's and why's of planetary warming all over this solar system.
Everything from planetary tilt, to the sun's recent fluctuations in brightness, to solar storms has been attributed to this phenomenon. NASA it
self has written on the issue stating that “though manmade pollution is to blame for a small amount of our planet’s warming, most of the rise in
temperature can be attributed to factors not of this earth.” Mars is heating up (**currently by 0.65 Celsius Degrees and climbing), and Saturn’s
Ice Moon is also rising in temperature. Surely mankind isn’t to blame for those heating trends.
You hit the nail on the head with your comment discussing the oceanic conveyor belt being disrupted by ice melt, but that melting is coming from a
celestial source, not from us. Most of the damage our pollution does is reflected in the levels of present humidity in the atmosphere. We’re more
to blame for the heavier rains in some regions and the droughts in others than we are to actual temperature change. The “smog” we create tends to
trap moisture, keeping it from doing its job, and eventually when the smog has trapped enough of it to create rain, it’s become so acidic that it
becomes dangerous for plants and animals to consume.
Mankind has been fortunate enough to live during a relative warm period for the earth, but the truth is, this planet’s natural state is a much
colder one. In essence; the world has spent more time in Ice Ages than not. Eventually the world will relapse back into a cold period, pushing
civilization down towards the equatorial belt in order to keep agriculture going. This is something that mankind needs to prepare for, and who
knows… maybe they are.
And I only mentioned Gore because of his well-known film that everyone seems to think is the answer to fixing global woes, and in a way he’s right.
People should do all of the things he mentioned in ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, however, they should do them for the sake of smog reduction and not
global warming. There’s nothing we can do about global warming, but there is plenty we can do in regards to air quality.
** A little over half a degree doesn’t seem like much, but when considering that the difference between a normal summer day and an ice age
is only a 10-degree difference, that half a degree is notable.