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Global Warming

Absorptions bands in the Earth's atmosphere cr...

Absorptions bands in the Earth’s atmosphere created by greenhouse gases and the resulting effects on transmitted radiation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Carbon emissions from various global regions d...

Carbon emissions from various global regions during the period 1800–2000 AD (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Top: Increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide lev...

Top: Increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels as measured in the atmosphere and reflected in ice cores. Bottom: The amount of net carbon increase in the atmosphere, compared to carbon emissions from burning fossil fuel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Temperature predictions from some climate mode...

Temperature predictions from some climate models assuming the SRES A2 emissions scenario. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mean surface temperature change for 1999–2008 ...

Mean surface temperature change for 1999–2008 relative to the average temperatures from 1940 to 1980 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Scientific studies on climate helped establish...

Scientific studies on climate helped establish a consensus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Se below (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Global Warming 1/2

Global Warming 1/2 (Photo credit: lamazone)

There is something that concerns me. I have written before about Global Warming and the consequences and causes. I wrote a paper in College (Ball State University) in the late 1980’s that covered this topic.

First.. what do I mean by Global Warming? What do others mean when they are discussing it?

Wikipedia has this to say.

Global warming is the rise in the average temperature of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans since the late 19th century and its projected continuation. Since the early 20th century, Earth’s mean surface temperature has increased by about 0.8 °C(1.4 °F), with about two-thirds of the increase occurring since 1980.[2] Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and scientists are more than 90% certain that it is primarily caused by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases produced by human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.[3][4][5][6] These findings are recognized by the national science academies of all major industrialized nations.[7][A]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_warming

The consequences are enormous.. from weather worldwide to food production. The Kyoto protocols were agreed to by most industrial nations and basically put a cap on temperature increase of 3 degrees  (must be celsius) as a baseline agreement of the absolute  max the Earth could withstand. Every half degree increase has massive implications. There is not enough food/grains to be exact to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding China’s consumption of meat.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoto_Protocol

I started thinking about this again yesterday because of the article below.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/09/science/earth/2012-was-hottest-year-ever-in-us.html?hp&_r=1&

I am testing some new tools for this blog.. I will be back later to update the information. Obviously I need to figure out the spacing on how these tools work. Have no fear.. I will.

Global_Temperature_Anomaly_1880-2010_(Fig.A)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-09/last-year-wasn-t-just-hot-it-was-an-habanero-chart.html

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About dgarnold

More interests than I can count.. enjoy Foreign Policy, Current events, Books, Game theory,Sports (both watching and participating) and of course my Labradors. Love Mountain Biking! World class backgammon player.

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