Re: Breaking News: World is 10 deg chillier

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Wed Jan 24 2001 - 00:43:23 MST

Barbara Lamar wrote:
> Michael Lorrey wrote:
> >Contrary to claims of many of the tree huggers who yap that the sky is
> >falling and the world is ending from global warming of a scale that is
> >unprescedented, there is new evidence that the world has become some 10
> >degrees chillier over the last 3.2 million years. Read it and weep,
> >Greenpeace.
> Even if the world is now on average 10 degrees cooler than it was 3.2
> million years ago, a warming trend NOW--even if the final result were still
> a cooler world than existed 3.2 million years ago--would still result in
> big changes. Our centers of population and agricultural production have
> been determined by the climate of the past several hundred years rather
> than the climate of 3.2 million years ago.
> Below is an article that was published yesterday that describes some of the
> adjustments that will likely be required due to the present warming trend.

I do not trust the latest report as I do not trust this UN panel. It
has overplayed global warming before quite drastically for political
reasons. I especially do not trust its summaries as this is where the
most mischief occurs. AFAIK, the science cannot in any way support a
solid prediction of temperature increase over the entire century at this
time. There is too much that is speculative and not tested out. The
report talks of the cumulative effect of various agents when those
supposed effects for those supposed agents are still in dispute. So
committing policy decisions on the basis of this report and especially
ones of tremendous economic consequence would be highly irrational.

- samantha

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