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Arctic is greening due to global warming

GREEN – NASA, Handout Cindy Starr-NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center – Using 29 years of data from Landsat satellites, researchers at NASA have found extensive greening in the vegetation across Alaska and Canada. Rapidly increasing temperatures in the Arctic have led to longer growing seasons and changing soil for plants.

Funny how so many New Age pundits tell us to “embrace change” and look for the BIG GOOD in the flux of smaller good and bad events. But all this great sounding wisdom flies out the window when it comes to the warmer regions and climate change.

Why?

Because climate change is really a political issue. Some regions will suffer, others will likely benefit.

I’ve been saying this for months now, but because current power brokers and vulnerable peoples are concerned about what climate change will do to them, we hear a great outcry. I’m not sure if Canada will truly benefit. True, it’s a cold country and our population is quite small, largely because of the climate. But personally, I like it that way.

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Earth is hot at the core – something for CO2 tax fanatics to remember

So here’s a story that reminds us that the Earth is incredibly hot at the core. I’m not a geologist but I am wondering: If the mantle can peel off and cause earthquakes, might not some of those deep fissures affect Earth’s surface temperatures?

When I suggested this some time ago at the late David Bowie’s site, I was virtually assaulted… it was implied that I was a “denier” with my head buried in the sand, simply because I wanted to discuss the issues, given the considerable uncertainty we have with regard to just how the Earth maintains its surface temperature.

But oh no. The fundamentalists couldn’t see past their new sci-religion and just look at the issue from as many angles as possible. Like all good fanatics, their pat explanation was good enough for them. And anyone who challenged it was some kind of global criminal. Sad, how regimented some people are.


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Climate change – Is it any wonder… you’re too cool to fool…

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Lava and plumes from the Holuhraun Fissure Eruption by the Bardarbunga Volcano, Iceland. On August 29, 2014, a fissure eruption started in Holuhraun at the northern end of a magma intrusion that had moved progressively north, from the Bardarbunga volcano. Bardarbunga is a stratovolcano located under Vatnajokull, Iceland’s most extensive glacier.

When David Bowie was still with us, God Bless his forever hip soul, I got into this big, gnarly debate about climate change at his web site forum. I had thought that fans of Bowie would be intelligent, open-minded folk. But to my surprise I often found uninspiring conventionality, especially when it came to thinking intelligently about the multifaceted phenomenon of climate change. I simply wanted to question not only the science but, perhaps, more important, the interpretation of findings about climate change. Science always has an interpretive stage, no matter what data it looks at.

Today I found this article, which suggests that cosmic events, way beyond our atmosphere, may have a profound effect on climate. Another factor often overlooked is that magma flows below the Earth’s surface. So fissures and leaks could possibly affect surface temperate, along with the generally agreed upon factor of CO2.

Anyhow, I imagine Dr. Bowie would have endorsed intelligent thought on this, rather than an uncritical, clannish acceptance of the mainstream explanation for and interpretation of global warming.

MC


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Another take on the same Climate Change story (see yesterday’s post)

Continuing with my “science is not objective” argumentation on another website, the owner of that site offered some opposing opinions. It’s usually good to be challenged. It makes us reflect, focus and articulate our views in the most, we would hope, helpful way. Not to say anyone has the final word on anything. But I do think that in certain circumstances some opinions could be of more value or “closer to the truth” than others.

Regarding science, we’d do well to remember that regardless of whatever data we are dealing with, there is always an interpretation stage. People interpret data.

So here’s a slightly different take on yesterday’s story.

 


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Climate change could have positive effect in some countries

There is such global hysteria about climate change that few would stop to consider its potentially positive effects. To attribute all global warming to CO2 in my opinion is lousy science. And I wonder who gets funded these days: Those researchers who lament global warming or those who simply want to study it as calmly and objectively as possible?

Not too hard to guess.

But that’s the point. Science is not entirely objective. It’s a human enterprise, grounded in social norms and expectations. Unfortunately, too many folks these days are brainwashed by science to appreciate that. So that’s why I often call science the “new religion” of the 21st C.

—MC


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Climate Change – India and China


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Climate Change might change Earth’s spin