Posts Tagged ‘global warming’

Global Cooling? NOAA Global Surface Temperature Anomalies Prove Otherwise

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There’s no doubt much of the United States has been damn f’n cold lately, and we’ve yet to engage in those late November rituals involving turkey carving and conservative uncle debating. And when the weather turns cold, you know, during months that usually are cold for much of the U.S., climate-change-denying conservatives can’t help themselves, because Al Gore told them global warming/climate change meant that winter would cease to exist — well, at least that’s what they “heard.” The mere presence/existence of winter offers little, I mean, NO proof that climate change is not real. Remember folks, when it’s winter here, it’s…
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Climate Change For Evangelical Christians: Actions Have Consequences

Those of us who accept the scientific consensus know there will be consequences of inaction on climate change. But instead of our inaction, what about the consequences of our actions? What we don’t consider is the consequences of our actions in a faith-based sense, that might speak to the evangelical Christians who reject climate change. Let me explain. Christians, and well, religious people of all faiths, usually put a high value on the idea that actions have consequences. If you commit certain unrepentant acts, you may pay the ultimate price of divine punishment, eternal damnation. So if Christians preach that…
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IPCC: Greenhouse Gases Continue To Warm The Globe

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In case you forgot, greenhouse gases continue to warm the globe. For those of us who value the scientific method over opinion, we are all too aware that this planet we call Earth is heating up, and we are the reason it is happening. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says, “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased.”…
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How To Explain Science To Your Climate-Change-Denying Uncle

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This is what you say to your crazy-climate-change-denying uncle when he asks, “Yeah, but, how do we know scientists are right? I mean, how do we know what is a ‘fact’ anyway? Oh yeah, and where is the science council of elders?” Warning: This is also what you say when you no longer want to be on speaking terms with your uncle. How do we know something is a fact? Of course this is a deep topic with lots written about it, but it boils down to: How do you know it’s a “fact” that you can’t walk through the wall?…
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Do Global Warming Deniers Know Nuclear Weapons Exist?

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On a recent episode of Last Week Tonight on HBO, host John Oliver dedicated a 15 minute segment to American apathy towards our aging nuclear weapons. Oliver said we spend more time worrying about whether we “accidentally hit Reply All on an office email” than we do worrying about “nuclear annihilation.” And that segment got me thinking about how easily we could destroy life on Earth, even with the much reduced numbers of nuclear warheads that still exist in the world compared to the peak of the Cold War some 30 years ago. And the idea that human beings have…
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