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Global Warming? Don’t you know it stopped!

Global Warming? Don’t you know it stopped!

An interesting article about the politically charged subject:

For many years now, human-caused climate change has been viewed as a large and urgent problem. In truth, however, the biggest part of the problem is neither environmental nor scientific, but a self-created political fiasco. Consider the simple fact, drawn from the official temperature records of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, that for the years 1998-2005 global average temperature did not increase (there was actually a slight decrease, though not at a rate that differs significantly from zero).

But why let the truth get in the way of good political outrage?

The essence of the issue is this. Climate changes naturally all the time, partly in predictable cycles, and partly in unpredictable shorter rhythms and rapid episodic shifts, some of the causes of which remain unknown. We are fortunate that our modern societies have developed during the last 10,000 years of benignly warm, interglacial climate. But for more than 90 per cent of the last two million years, the climate has been colder, and generally much colder, than today. The reality of the climate record is that a sudden natural cooling is far more to be feared, and will do infinitely more social and economic damage, than the late 20th century phase of gentle warming.

Really, go read the qhole article. It’s short and informative.

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2 comments
  • Noelle,

    You are welcome. I’m glad you found the article useful and I hope other people do too. The funny thing is, I’m actually one of those people who still send hand-written letters and cards. But I’m still in the same boat as all the other people who hate writing thank you notes. I feel having a formula to follow makes the whole thing less painful because it absolves me of the compulsive need to be creative and flowery.

    I’m happy my little blog is keeping me in touch with the outside world since I haven’t been going out much since August.

    I hope we do see you again soon, I feel like we haven’t seen much of any of our friends.

    Thanks for the kind words,

    Melanie

  • Dear Melanie,

    Thank you for this post about Thank you notes.  I know that it will come in handy in the future when I have to write one of the dratted things.

    I’ve been enjoying reading about your pregnancy and I’m looking forward to seeing you and Dom soon.

    Thanks again,

    Noelle

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