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Friday, December 29, 2006

There's no such thing as global warming.

From the National Climatic Data Center in the US:

The global annual temperature for combined land and ocean surfaces is expected to be sixth warmest on record for 2006. Some of the largest and most widespread warm anomalies occurred in southern Asia and North America. Canada experienced its warmest winter and warmest spring since its national records began in 1948.

Including 2006, six of the seven warmest years on record have occurred since 2001 and the ten warmest years have occurred since 1995. The global average surface temperature has risen between 0.6°C and 0.7°C since the start of the 20th Century, and the rate of increase since 1976 has been approximately three times faster than the century-scale trend.

The extent of Arctic sea ice was second lowest on record in September, when annual sea ice extent is at its lowest point of the year. This was only slightly higher than the record low extent measured in 2005. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, this is part of a continuing trend in end-of-summer Arctic sea ice extent reductions of approximately eight percent per decade since 1979, when recordkeeping began.

Remember folks: there's no evidence. It's all speculation. A scam. Let's leave those "energy efficiency standards" till we actually need them, eh?

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  • Clearly it's a good idea either way to keep coming up with energy efficent modes of doing things - but keep in mind that geologically speaking it's perfectly normal for the earth to go through cycles of great cold (ice ages) and great heat. Our behaviors might be speeding up the process but aren't necessarily causing them. The earth would get warmer no matter what.

    By Blogger C the Maven, at Fri Dec 29, 03:53:00 p.m.  

  • What is happening to planet Earth is making me want to cry. I make my little contribution to protect the environment, but if everyone, including big companies and industries, don't contribute, I am afraid the damages are going to be irreversible.

    By Blogger Sonia, at Tue Jan 02, 05:46:00 p.m.  

  • Oh, no doubt about cycles. That's for sure. The speed of this change is worrying though. Such a fast change is very infrequent without a very major event (solar, asteroid, super-volcano, etc.) Whether humans have caused or merely accelerated it isn't really the issue. We could never know. All great decisions come down to probabilities, and the vast majority of scientific studies tell us that (a) we probably caused most of this, and that (b) prompt action would probably head off the worst (potential) effects. If you're taking Bjorn Lomborg's line, I agree he makes many good arguments, but he doesn't extend his cost-benefit analysis far enough. If we take this as a truly intergenerational issue, then, accounting for all the probabilities, economic logic alone tells us we should be attacking this now.

    By Blogger Martin, at Thu Jan 04, 12:32:00 a.m.  

  • By the way, Toronto had its warmest December ever. Its warmest New Year's Day ever. Friday's forecast for Toronto is +10. Saturday's is +13. Those are unprecedented figures. While freak years happen, last year's winter was so warm it was regarded as a freak anomaly. 2006 had the lowest snowfall ever - just over a quarter of the average. The previous record low was twice as high. This winter is shaping up to be even warmer.

    By Blogger Martin, at Thu Jan 04, 12:36:00 a.m.  

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