Global Warming – Fact or Fiction?

Is Global Warming really to blame for storms like Hurrican Sandy? You be the judge!

In 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit the southern part of the U.S., more people started to wonder whether or not the planet was changing.  Was this storm just a fluke?  Was global warming to blame?  Fast forward to 2012 and hurricane Sandy.  Called a “super storm”, the hurricane left damage up and down the entire East Coast and people are still recovering from the devastation caused by this storm.  Global warming?

As an analytical person, I am not one to jump on the media’s hype of global warming without all the facts.  As an environmentalist, it is plain to see that something is happening.  But what?  Therein lies the discussion, educated theories and a lot of uneducated doom sayers who are more intent on creating drama then actually understanding what is going on.

What is going on?

Hard to say as far as I am concerned.  I list myself in the “uneducated” list as most people are.  I can only say that in my profession as an environmentalist, I do a lot of reading from  experts who do know what they are talking about.  The thing is, they can’t agree either.  Some of the most educated people on the planet are working on these global warming theories and while they all also agree that something is happening, not one can pinpoint exactly what that something is.

This planet has been in existence for approximately 4.5 billion years according to scientists who use something called “radiometric dating” to determine the age of meteorites that have been discovered.  But who is to say they are right?  Who knows if there is yet an older meteorite to be found that pre-dates the oldest to date?  Who knows if the testing used is really accurate?

What geologist can tell us, and have the proof to back it up, is that earth has seen many changes over the years.  From global killer meteorites which are assumed responsible for wiping out the dinosaurs to cataclysmic volcanic eruptions that have changed the atmosphere and created a different world for all life on the planet.

For now, let’s just stick with the known facts that everyone can agree on (all the scientists and researchers).

The core temperature of the earth is getting warmer.  “Scientists track changes to the planet’s temperature in many ways. Land-based weather stations and ocean buoys in every corner of the world monitor temperatures constantly. Temperatures from the past left their traces in tree rings, coral reef and ice cores. When scientists look at all this evidence, they have a very clear picture of how the earth’s temperature is changing.  There are essentially three source that could be responsible for the global warming that scientists see: The sun, the earth’s reflectivity, and greenhouse gases. (Source – Environmental Defense Fund)

The thing to note here is that when it comes to the sun and the earth’s reflectivity we, as the human race, have no control.  If those two factors are going to increase the temperature, then that is what it is.  However, greenhouse gases, noted by the scientists as the fastest growing and changing piece of the puzzle, are primarily caused by us humans burning fossil fuels.  Now this we DO have some control over.  There is a reason why big companies and some states are adopting rules and regulations around reducing their carbon footprints.  They know and agree that we are part of the problem.

Something to think about. Our weather is produced by the evaporating water into the atmosphere where it then collects and rains back down.  It is one big circular system. As the earth gets warmer, so do the oceans. The warmer the oceans, the more evaporation.  The more evaporation, the bigger the storms.

There is still so much to learn about this planet and how everything works to create the environment in which us humans can exist.  We have the power to mess it up.  Indeed we have been doing just that for years and years because we did not know and understand the repercussions of our actions.  Now we do.  Now it’s time to do something to fix it for future generations.

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Betty Gay December 05, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Most of us want a cleaner planet, even if some folks think the global warming is primarily caused by those forces over which we have no control. Sunspots, for example, are moving closer together, which historically correlates highly to massive weather changes on earth. But nobody wants to breathe the filthy air that China produces, which is so bad that they had to turn off the factories during the Olympics. It just makes sense to do everything we can to clean up the earth's air, water and terra firma. The more efficiently we produce and use energy, the better it is for our environment and for our bottom line. It makes no sense for our country to enter into non-pollution agreements that strangle Western economies while giving a pass to countries like China who produce tons of poisons and carbon while they kill our economy with cheap prices, unencumbered by pollution control costs.
Regina Andler December 05, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Well said Betty! Thanks!
brooks morton December 05, 2012 at 07:51 PM
"We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis..." - David Rockefeller, Club of Rome executive member "We need to get some broad based support, to capture the public's imagination... So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements and make little mention of any doubts... Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest." - Prof. Stephen Schneider, Stanford Professor of Climatology, lead author of many IPCC reports "No matter if the science of global warming is all phony... climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world." - Christine Stewart, former Canadian Minister of the Environment "We need to get some broad based support, to capture the public's imagination... So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements and make little mention of any doubts... Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest." - Prof. Stephen Schneider, Stanford Professor of Climatology, lead author of many IPCC reports "It doesn't matter what is true, it only matters what people believe is true." - Paul Watson, co-founder of Greenpeace
Tammy December 05, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Brooks-Use out of context quotes much? You conspiracy theorist types really need to learn how to confirm sources. Rather than copy and pasting from RW sites, recognize your confirmation bias and verify such quotes.
Tammy December 05, 2012 at 11:51 PM
For example: The quote by Prof. Stephen Schneider... "On the one hand, as scientists we are ethically bound to the scientific method, in effect promising to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but — which means that we must include all the doubts, the caveats, the ifs, ands, and buts. On the other hand, we are not just scientists but human beings as well. And like most people we’d like to see the world a better place, which in this context translates into our working to reduce the risk of potentially disastrous climatic change. To do that we need to get some broadbased support, to capture the public’s imagination. That, of course, entails getting loads of media coverage. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have. This ‘double ethical bind’ we frequently find ourselves in cannot be solved by any formula. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest. I hope that means being both."(Quoted in Discover, pp. 45–48, Oct. 1989.) The Rockefeller and Stewart quote, I cannot find/confirm. The Watson quote has nothing to do with anything...be specific, please.
Tom Linehan December 07, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Great job, @Betty Gay. The only thing I would add is that many actions that are good for the environment also make economic sense. Recycling some things like aluminum brass and copper, even iron and steel, can be profitable. Also replacing paper with electronic communication can save bundles of money not to mention trees. If done properly such technology can save money over traditional methods of record keeping. Prophets of dome have been wrong so far. But that should not stop us from improving the environment or saving money where we can.
Tom Linehan December 07, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Paul Watson is a pirate, even a terrorist, who is a fugitive from justice and a convicted felon who was kicked out of Greenpeace. In one of his television episodes he showed himself destroying a legal fishing net. In others he shows himself deliberately crashing his ships into other vessels on the high seas. I am not sure I would use him as an example unless it were as an example of how not to behave. Christine Stewart's quote reveals the real motivation of many, world wide Socialism, the redistribution of wealth. At lease she is honest about it.


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