Archive for the ‘Global Warming’ Category

No, Winter Storms Do Not Disprove the Science of Global Warming.

Posted By Levi

January 27th, 2015 2:10pm

Category: Global Warming

Whenever you have a snow storm such as the one today, there are those who question whether global warming is real. Some do so sincerely because they don’t understand the science. Here is a basic explanation. However, there are the denialists – those who outright reject the very idea that human activities are altering the global climate in ways that are having serious consequences for the world. Yes, it is true that you cannot pin any particular weather event, such as today’s storm,  on climate change. However, these events fit the pattern scientists believe is likely to happen as the earth’s climate gets warmer. The World Meteorological Organization now says 2014 was the hottest year on record since 1880 as shown in this chart. For denialists, science and data are inconvenient facts.  Here is the classic example. One of the mistakes Trump and others make is that they confuse weather with climate. Weather is the conditions that exist in the atmosphere from day-to-day. It flu Read More

Massive New Report – Global Warming Is Here and It’s Not Pretty.

Posted By Levi

May 13th, 2014 7:56pm

Category: Global Warming

A new damning report from the National Climate Assessment last week warned that global warming is not something in the future but it is here now and it is having serious effects on the United States that will only become worse if nothing is done to slow it down. The report is written in simple language so that ordinary people can understand it. The full report is here but let me just point out a few things that strike me. (For a basic understanding of global warming, see here,) 1. The United States is now getting much hotter than before. You can see it from this map. Almost every part of the country is warming. Earth’s rising temperatures Since the 19th century, the average temperature in the US has risen by 1.3 degree F to 1.9 degree F. This increase might seem tiny. But consider this: the average body temperature in humans is about 98 degree F. Increase that by four or five degrees and serious damage could result to the body, even death. 2. More drought and more heat, means mo Read More

John Kerry blasts those who deny the science of global warming.

Posted By Levi

February 18th, 2014 5:08pm

Category: Global Warming

Secretary of State, John Kerry, gave a good speech this past weekend in Indonesia on global warming. This is the first time I have heard any member of the Obama Administration put the problem in such stark terms. Here a few excerpts: “The science of climate change is leaping out at us like a scene from a 3D movie. It’s warning us; it’s compelling us to act. And let there be no doubt in anybody’s mind that the science is absolutely certain. It’s something that we understand with absolute assurance of the veracity of that science. No one disputes some of the facts about it. Let me give you an example. When an apple separates from a tree, it falls to the ground. We know that because of the basic laws of physics. No one disputes that today. It’s a fact. It’s a scientific fact. Science also tells us that when water hits a low enough temperature, it’s going to turn into ice; when it reaches a high enough temperature, it’s going to boil. No one disputes that. Science and Read More

Its bone-chilling cold: How can you talk about global warming!

Posted By Levi

January 8th, 2014 7:16pm

Category: Global Warming

Those who deny that global warming is taking place usually look for unusual winter events such as the storm we had last Friday and the freezing temperature over the last few days  to vindicate their claim that there is no such thing as global warming. Here is Donald Trump: One of the mistakes Trump and others make is that they confuse weather with climate. Weather is the conditions that exist in the atmosphere from day-to-day. It fluctuates and it is not the same everywhere. A very cold day or a very hot day doesn’t tell you much about the climate for a particular place. You can’t determine global warming by looking at the weather for a particular day or week. Climate is the average weather pattern over many years. It is long-term. Global warming refers to the average temperature of the earth. It refers not only to the United States but the entire planet. Keep in mind that the United States is less than 2 percent of the Earth’s surface. Because global warming refers to the enti Read More

New Study: 97 Percent of Climate Scientists Say Global Warming is Real And It is Our Fault.

Posted By Levi

May 21st, 2013 7:45pm

Category: Global Warming

Those who deny that global warming is taking place usually try to confuse people. One of the tricks they often used is to say that there is no general agreement among scientists on whether or not global warming is occurring and that human beings are causing it. That argument has now suffered a huge blow. According to a new study that looked at nearly 12,000 professional scientific journal papers about global warming,  found that—of the papers expressing a stance on global warming—97 percent endorse both the reality of global warming and the fact that humans are causing it. Based on this study, one can now safely say that global warming is indeed a fact and the cause of it is we humans. Whenever you read stories doubting global warning, chances are that they are not written by climate scientists. Also, many politicians who denounced the science behind climate changes are funded by the oil and coal industries. FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLik Read More

It’s official: 2012 Was The Hottest Year On Record in US

Posted By Levi

January 10th, 2013 7:20pm

Category: Global Warming

It’s official: 2012 was the warmest year on record in the United States, as the country experienced blistering spring and summer heat, tinderbox fire weather conditions amid a widespread drought, and one of the worst storms to ever strike the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2012 had an average temperature of 55.3°F, which eclipsed 1998, the previous record holder, by 1°F. The 1°F difference from 1998 is an unusually large margin, considering that annual temperature records are typically broken by just tenths of a degree Fahrenheit. In fact, the entire range between the coldest year on record, which occurred in 1917, and the previous record warm year of 1998 was just 4.2°F. During the summer, nearly 100 million people experienced 10 or more days with temperatures greater than 100°F, which is about one-third of the nation’s population, NOAA reported. FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on Tumbl Read More

Global Warming: A Simple Explanation

Posted By Levi

December 2nd, 2012 3:55pm

Category: Global Warming

Mankind is destroying the natural balance of greenhouse gases by spewing unprecedented amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere. The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is higher than any time in history. These gases are warming the Earth through rising temperatures. A warmer Earth is already having serious consequences on our lives and the dangers are likely to get worse. Hurricane Sandy was just a warning of the extreme weather to come. Global warming refers to the average rise in the Earth’s temperature. This causes the Earth to heat up. This is happening as a result of what scientists called “the greenhouse effect.” What is the greenhouse effect and how does it work? In order to understand global warming you need to know a little about the “greenhouse effect.” This is a naturally occurring process that makes life possible on Earth. Without it, Earth would be a cold, lifeless planet like Mars. So, the greenhouse effect, in itself, is a good thing. Th Read More

President Obama:“We want our children to live in an America that . . . isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.”

Posted By Levi

November 8th, 2012 7:22pm

Category: Global Warming

In a previous post, I complained that both presidential candidates ignored the problem of climate change during the debates. Then came Hurricane Sandy that left a trail of destruction. Here is the President in his reelection victory speech: “We want our children to live in an America that . . . isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.” Yes, he will be our president for the next four years. Yes, we celebrate his victory. Now, as citizens, it is our duty to do more; let’s hold him accountable to his words. FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

Government is always the problem . . . until the water reaches your doorsteps

Posted By Levi

November 2nd, 2012 5:12pm

Category: Global Warming

Yes, its a big country with Big problems . . . we need big, strong, effective government to deal with the big problems we face.                       FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

Did Climate Change Cause Hurricane Sandy?

Posted By Levi

November 1st, 2012 10:59am

Category: Global Warming

In my last post, I complained that the news media was missing an important opportunity to educate the public about the link between the hurricane and climate change. I am happy to see some movement in that direction. •  Here is this week’s cover of the radical, socialist Businessweek magazine.  • This morning, New York Times, Nicholas Kristof, Will Climate Get Some Respect Now? • The New York Review of Books, A Grim Warning From Science. • Governor Cuomo this week: “There has been a series of extreme weather incidents. That is not a political statement, that is a factual statement … Anyone who says there’s not a dramatic change in weather patterns, I think, is denying reality.” • New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg added: “What is clear is that the storms we’ve experienced in the last year or so around this country and around the world are much more severe than before.” Two-thirds of Americans now say that the Earth is warming. Read More