How big of a threat is global warming? A conversation on another skeptic site, with a previous visitor here, had me thinking about it:
Mogur commented on a previous post to the effect that this year’s increase in Arctic ice is not necessarily a refutation of global warming.
I’d agree: One year of uptrend in ice, even a few as we’ve now seen, is not even particularly indicative, let alone conclusive. But I do see evidence that there is […]
Ocean acidification is a bugaboo that has been flogged recently since the pause made warming rather a non-issue.
They recently adjusted temperatures to “fix” the pause, but have not been able to adjust the global satellite temperature record, so the pause is still there. And people are growing weary of having every single bit of […]
The “Paris Agreement” is the flimsiest of hoped-for agreements that might be reached years in the future for goals and performance that have not been even set, let alone agreed to. It has no enforcement mechanism, but this is no handicap because there is absolutely nothing to enforce. And even this vague set of hopes — it mentions 1.5°C, so it gets cheers from the media — hasn’t even been signed yet. They hope to get signatures by mid-2017, after (of course) many more expensive get-togethers of the Parties. And yet this deal is important. Dangerously so… […]
The Paris Conference of the Parties is winding down. This was the absolute last chance to save the planet and prevent humans from being utterly extinguished. The politicians and media are telling us so, and governments and activists are paying scientists billions of dollars to tell us so, so it must be true, right? In […]
Except from a conversation with a rather vehement and objectionable catastrophist, who was asserting a consensus with AGW (anthropogenic global warming). I replied:
Incidentally, I agree with AGW. Specifically, in answer to the questions posed on the famous survey, that it has warmed in recent decades and that humans have contributed some non-zero amount to […]
The word “carbon” is often used as a shorthand for carbon dioxide. Environmentalists talk of “carbon footprints” and “carbon pollution” and have injected such terms into the language. But not too long ago, we all recognized that Earth’s biosphere was one of “carbon-based life.” That is, of course, still true. But humans are changing the […]