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Mounting Evidence Concerning the Acceleration of Global Warming

Aug. 23, 2010 4:51 pm
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(Information for this article has been obtained from an article penned by Nathaniel Gronewold and Climatewire which appears in the August 18, 2010 issue of the Scientific American—Is the Flooding in Pakistan a Climate-Change Disaster?: Devastating Flooding in Pakistan May Foreshadow Extreme Weather to Come as a Result of Global Warming---http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=is-the-flooding-in-pakist&print=true

Torrential rains have inundated Pakistan recently and have left one-fifth of the country submerged under water, with millions left homeless. An estimated 6.5 million people are in dire need of food, clean water, and medicine. An area approximately equal to the land areas of Austria, Belgium, and Switzerland combined has been covered by torrents of water which equals about 62,000 square miles and is only slightly smaller than the land area of Florida. The magnitude of the disaster is catastrophic and the natural and human tragedies devastating for Pakistan but the flooding also raises troubling questions about the rate of climate change and worldwide warming.

Caution Regarding Natural Disaster/Global-Warming Linkages

Many climatologists and other experts caution against linking any specific natural calamities to global warming and climate change, however. In spite of this caution, though, scientists affiliated with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) maintain that it is undeniable that higher than average temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean helped precipitate the deluge of rain in Pakistan, which started late last month (Gronewold & Climatewire, 2010).

Growing Evidence for Climate Change

Dr. Ghassem Asrar, Director of the WMO, for example, argues that: “There’s no doubt that clearly climate change is contributing, or is a major contributing factor…” to the recent flooding in Pakistan. “We cannot definitely use one case to kind of establish precedents, but there are a few facts that point towards climate change as having to do with this,” maintains Dr. Asrar (Gronewold & Climatewire, 2010).

Number of Weather Anomalies and Natural Catastrophes Increasing Globally

An unusually high number of weather anomalies and catastrophes around the world this summer has lent growing weight to the argument that global warming is indeed occurring and accelerating. The partial list of natural disasters and cataclysms noted below are extremely troublesome and merit further research, informed debate, serious consideration of more eco-friendly life-styles, and diligent emergency preparedness at individual, familial, community, state, national, and international levels.

  • The most searing heat of the past 130-years has scorched Russia and has sparked thousands of wildfires nationwide, with entire villages burned to the ground and 53 left dead and about 3,500 left homeless. Russia’s blazing heat and drought conditions have reduced its production of wheat by a factor of 20%
  • Canada, as well, owing to its drought, has seen a 20% decline in its wheat production.
  • The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that reduced grain yields in Europe and Africa could reduce food-reserve levels not seen since the food crisis of 2007 which afflicted the developing world.
  • Coupled with the very severe flooding in Pakistan, China has also witnessed serious flooding this summer which has left about 1,200 people dead and scores homeless this summer.

Glacial Meltdowns

Flooding, blazing heat, and drought have not been the only natural calamities this summer, however. Alarmingly, on August 5, 2010, a National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) satellite detected an enormous piece of ice shearing off a glacier in Greenland. The gargantuan chunk of ice measured 77 square miles and is one of the biggest glacial “calving” incidents seen in the Northern Hemisphere (Gronewold & Climatewire, 2010). With increasing frequency, large blocks of ice are seen shearing off from glaciers in arctic, sub-arctic, Antarctic, and sub-Antarctic regions.

Summary

Though meteorologists, climatologists, and other scientists must be careful not to draw overly broad conclusions from individual natural disasters, with regard to global warming and climate change, the incidence of weather and climate anomalies, which point to climate change, is undeniably increasing and brings to the fore the necessity of more concentrated study of the issues related to global warming. Without becoming alarmist, or panic-stricken, individuals and nations around the world must plan for the distinct possibility of more natural catastrophes in the future. Additionally, as individuals and societies we must do all in our power to move away from fossil-fuel based sources of energy which foul the human and natural environments and contribute significantly to global warming and climate change.

 
Jim Gleeson
August 25, 2010 at 8:00 pm

"Though meteorologists, climatologists, and other scientists must be careful not to draw overly broad conclusions from individual natural disasters, with regard to global warming and climate change, the incidence of weather and climate anomalies, which point to climate change, is undeniably increasing and brings to the fore the necessity of more concentrated study of the issues related to global warming."

This basically says Though there's no known reason to link these natural disasters to "global warming" we are going to say they "point to global warming" anyway because we don't have any better evidence or reason to keep our studies going until we can come up with a better one. see for example:

http://www.heartland.org/publications/NIPCC%20report

 

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