Tag: global warming

This looks like a century-old headline:

“By airship to the North Pole — Zeppelin expedition will survey sea ice in the Arctic.“ But it’s not.

And as long as I’m on the topic…

…here’s another interview with a German climatologist (one who very much agrees climate is changing and we’re largely responsible, before you ask) taking issue with the tone of the discussion: “We Have to Take Away People’s Fear of Climate Change.”

The debate about global warming "a mirage"?

That’s what three scientists, one from Denmark and two from Canada, say in a new paper: The entire debate about global warming is a mirage. The concept of ‘global temperature’ is thermodynamically as well as mathematically an impossibility, says professor at The Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Bjarne Andresen who has analyzed this hot …

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Are we wrong about the causes of climate change?

There’s a legitimate rival theory about the most important thing driving climate change.

The fire down below

The surface of our planet is nice and cool. (A little too cool, this time of year.) But not all that far beneath us, it’s anything but. In fact, says Chris Marone, Penn State professor of geosciences, enough heat emanates from the interior of the planet to make 200 cups of hot coffee per hour …

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Maybe I’m just a contrarian, but…

…when people start preaching inevitable doom and gloom climate-wise due to global warming, it puts my back up. Yet, when people try to tell me there is no such thing as climate change, it annoys me just as much. Where’s a middle-of-the-road, yes-there’s-a-problem-but-it-ain’t-the-end-of-the-world-yet kind of guy to do? Turns out there’s a whole middle ground …

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Future energy sources

A lot of attention in Canada has been focused recently on the Kyoto Agreement to limit the emission of greenhouse gases. But scientifically, the goal for preventing possibly catastrophic global warming has been set far higher than Kyoto’s modest reductions. An article in the November 1 issue of Science sets out the challenges. Entitled “Advanced …

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Paleoclimatology

This week an international expedition set out for Mt. Logan, Canada’s highest mountain (and yes, it’s still Mt. Logan, not Mt. Trudeau) to attempt to travel through time: to look back 10,000 years to see how climate has changed over the millennia–and how human activities are affecting climate now.  Two Canadian scientists will climb to …

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Global warming update

What with all the talk about the greenhouse effect recently, I decided it’s time for a quick review… The term “greenhouse effect” is usually used today in reference to a predicted gradual warming of the Earth caused by an increase in various gases in the atmosphere, primarily due to human activity. Really, however, the greenhouse …

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Melting ice in Antarctica

Considering how cold it’s been around here recently, global warming sounds not so much like an environmental problem as it does something devoutly to be wished for–but as someone once said, “Be careful what you wish for–you may get it.” While it’s true that science has yet to come flat out and say that global …

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The greenhouse effect

Presumably, by now, you’ve heard of something called the “greenhouse effect.” (If you haven’t, we’ll pause briefly while your next-of-kin checks to see if you’re still breathing.) The term “greenhouse effect,” as usually used today, refers to the predicted gradual warming of the Earth due to an increase in various gases in the atmosphere, primarily …

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