By Joseph D’Aleo in the Old Farmer’s Almanac
Over the past century, climatic conditions have run from cool in the 1900s to warm in the ‘30s to cool in the ‘60s to warm in the ‘80s (scroll the time line above), and many of us have come to believe that mankind has been responsible for the swings. Scientists have blamed us for generating warming greenhouse gases, then polluting the air with sun-blocking particulates, and raising temperatures through urbanization, deforestation, and greenhouse gases.
There is another possible explanation for - or, at least, influence on - climate change. This involves natural factors, most notably the Sun and Earth’s oceans. We at the Almanac are among those who believe that sunspot cycles and their effects on oceans correlate with climate changes. Studying these and other factors suggests that a cold, not warm, climate may be in our future. See timeline and much more here.
By Nick Mediati and Anne B. McDonald, PC World - Eight Crazy E-Mail Hoaxes Millions Have Fallen For
E-mail alerts outlining the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide swept the Internet in the late 1990s and still pop up today. Many ask that you sign and forward a petition to ban the chemical, which contributes to global warming, is a major ingredient in acid rain, causes metals to rust more quickly, and has been found in cancerous tumors. The chemical also contributes to the greenhouse effect and to erosion of our natural landscapes. It’s even in food. Sounds pretty dangerous. You’re ready to sign right now, aren’t you?
Well, let us tell you one more thing about dihydrogen monoxide: It’s more commonly known as water. You know, the substance that every single living being relies on to survive? The origins of this item are multifold, from flyers circulated at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1989 (so 20th century!) to a junior high school student who surveyed 50 classmates in 1997 and got 43 of them to sign his petition to ban the chemical. He then won a prize at his science fair for his project, called “How Gullible Are We?” Several Web pages touting the chemical’s dangers are still live. Don’t feel too bad if you’ve ever fallen victim to this hoax; even a government official in New Zealand too the bait. See MP Tries to Ban Water.
See Penn and Teller in this video accomplish the same.
By Dr. H. Harrister, BS, MS, PhD, OBWAG
Ever since the Supreme Court has (wisely) ruled that carbon dioxide is a pollutant, the number of people who have been made exceptionally nervous has increased nearly exponentially (exponentially is a mathematical term). It is up to science to discover ways of reducing this vile gas, to root out its sources, and suggest interesting ways of scientifically punishing environmental malefactors.
Thus, it follows that it is the duty of every single person to reduce their carbon footprint in every conceivable way, and to do so in the shortest amount of time humanely possible before disaster strikes.
The purpose of this scientific paper, therefore, is to bring to mind a particular activity that had previously been assumed virtuous but under the unerring eye of science has proved to be pernicious. That activity is exercise.
The main source of variation of exhaled pollution (CO2), the intra-person variability, is due to respiration rate (RR). Higher RRs mean more breaths per hour and therefore more pollution added to the atmosphere, and therefore the more likely we are to experience runaway greenhouse effects. Therefore, people with lower RRs have smaller carbon footprints (or lungprints as we should properly say) than those people with higher RRs.
Through the strictest scientific procedures, the same as those used in a myriad of studies of this type, we have conclusively proven that those people who exercise have a carbon foot (or lung) print 14.29% higher than those who, altruistically it turns out, lie around on the couch. Future studies will examine the additional benefits of progressing to a drunken stupor, a state in which minimal oxygen usage is obtained.
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By Tom Skilling, WGN-TV, Chicago Tribune
August is the wettest and often the muggiest month of the year. Yet, summer heat continues in short supply, continuing a trend that has dominated much of the 21st Century’s opening decade. There have been only 162 days 90 degrees or warmer at Midway Airport over the period from 2000 to 2008. That’s by far the fewest 90-degree temperatures in the opening nine years of any decade on record here since 1930.
This summer’s highest reading to date has been just 91 degrees. That’s unusual. Since 1928, only one year-2000-has failed to record a higher warm-season temperature by Aug. 13.
It is a similar story in Hampton Roads, VA. See that story here.
And this from Rockford, IL from the NWS.
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville IL
517 pm CDT Saturday Aug 16 2008
Rockford still waiting for summer. Any lectures on global warming in Rockford will gather little attendence this summer. So far, high temperatures have been capped from entering the 90s.
None of them are in sight through next week either. The longest that Rockford has ever gone without a 90 degree temperature was August 15th occurring in the year 2000. Since Rockford failed to reach 90 degrees yesterday, we are already experiencing a record event and awaiting the new date of record. Rockford has never gone through a summer without a 90 degree temperature. Meteorological summer ends the last day of this month. With the days shortening by several minutes each day, it is not promising for Rockford to see a 90 degree event past this summer.
So if no 90 degree temperature is recorded at Rockford in the next two weeks, another record will probably be set as a year without a ninety.
By Tom Nelson
Only 25% (question 2) of those surveyed thought that global warming was the world’s single biggest environmental problem (multiple responses accepted). This is down from 33% last year.
Only 30% (question 3) trust the things that scientists say about the environment “completely” or “a lot”.
Only 33% (question 8) thought that a rise in the world’s temperatures was caused by “things people do”, down from 41% last year.
Only 33% (question 18) thought that “most scientists” agree with one another about the causes of global warming, and only 33% thought that “most scientists” agree with one another about how much of a threat global warming poses.
Washington Post, November 22, 1922
"Arctic Ocean Getting Warm; Seals Vanish and Icebergs Melt.......great masses of ice have now been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, ......at many points well-known glaciers have entirely disappeared.”
By Will Alexander
"The atmospheric greenhouse effect lies at the heart of climate change science. Its very existence is now being challenged. I would have preferred to discuss my views with my professional colleagues in the climatological and environmental sciences. But they will have none of it.
Where does all this nonsense come from? The public believes it because they have faith in scientists. The whole scientist community, by its silence, must bear responsibility for the incredible damage that these unsubstantiated claims will cause to the prosperity of our country.”
See post here by Dr. Alexander.
Will Alexander is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Civil and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Pretoria and Honorary Fellow of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering. He spent the last 35 years of his career actively involved in the development of water resource and flood analysis methods as well as in natural disaster mitigation and climate change studies. He has written more than 200 papers, presentations, and books on these subjects.
Barack Obama from his Berlin speech, July 24, 2008
"As we speak, cars in Boston and factories in Beijing are melting the ice caps in the Arctic, shrinking the coastlines in the Atlantic, and bringing drought to farms from Kansas to Kenya.”
See his speech here.