Monday, December 11, 2006

If the UN says it... must be right, right?  Well anyway, I missed posting last week, but I just didn't have much time AND, to make it worse, when I did have time (Thursday and Friday) this DAMN campus internet was down.

And now, the news!  The UN is saying warnings about human impact on global warming may just be hot air. From the Daily Telegraph via Sister Toldjah:

Mankind has had less effect on global warming than previously supposed, a United Nations report on climate change will claim next year.

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says there can be little doubt that humans are responsible for warming the planet, but the organisation has reduced its overall estimate of this effect by 25 per cent.

In a final draft of its fourth assessment report, to be published in February, the panel reports that the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has accelerated in the past five years. It also predicts that temperatures will rise by up to 4.5 C during the next 100 years, bringing more frequent heat waves and storms.

The panel, however, has lowered predictions of how much sea levels will rise in comparison with its last report in 2001.


It also says that the overall human effect on global warming since the industrial revolution is less than had been thought, due to the unexpected levels of cooling caused by aerosol sprays, which reflect heat from the sun.

Large amounts of heat have been absorbed by the oceans, masking the warming effect.

Prof Rick Battarbee, the director of the Environmental Change Research Centre at University College London, warned these masking effects had helped to delay global warming but would lead to larger changes in the future.

He said: "The oceans have been acting like giant storage heaters by trapping heat and carbon dioxide. They might be bit of a time-bomb as they have been masking the real effects of the carbon dioxide we have been releasing into the atmosphere.

"People are very worried about what will happen in 2030 to 2050, as we think that at that point the oceans will no longer be able to absorb the carbon dioxide being emitted. It will be a tipping point and that is why it is now critical to act to counter any acceleration that will occur when this happens."

So now the problem is being hidden by the devious oceans.  Those damn oceans are conspiring against us.  Time bomb oceans.  Good God.

What I want to know is if Bush--who has maintained all along that the jury is till out on human impact--will get any apologies considering 'new science' supposedly contributed to the adjusted report.  It also makes me wonder if even NEWER science will again reduce the "impact of humans."

The first apology should come from the NASA scientist who said Bush was "controlling the flow of information" back in '04. No, no, I doubt that will happen. Whatever.

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