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Evidence Of Global Warming

Thursday, November 12, 2009

It is no slightest doubt that everyone in India has experienced what really is global warming. The average temperatures have gone up in the last few summers, and even the winters and rainy seasons are showing abnormalities from their behaviors over the last few years. Indeed, this is ‘global weirding’ or rather ‘climate crisis’ that would define the thing better.

But, what really caused global warming? Industrial revolution for one, heavy pollution caused by it another and there might be numerous such reasons. But, how do we know that we have landed in a state of global warming? Of course, anyone who has experienced summer in any part of India would know better. But, any symptoms that would convince the rational mind? Yes, in fact there are many. If you haven’t seen Al Gore’s documentary, ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ you must watch it once. I would rate it 5 stars, as it is a must watch for everyone today. From the official website of An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore, I could get some science behind this. The symptoms are listed below and are sourced from the website climatecrisis.net (official website of An Inconvenient Truth). Do visit the website, it has a good music track played once the website is accessed. Other initiatives from Al Gore are the website of WeCanSolveIt, TakePart, RepowerAmerica.

Carbon dioxide and other gases warm the surface of the planet naturally by trapping solar heat in the atmosphere. This is a good thing because it keeps our planet habitable. However, by burning fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil and clearing forests we have dramatically increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere and temperatures are rising.

The vast majority of scientists agree that global warming is real, it’s already happening and that it is the result of our activities and not a natural occurrence.1 The evidence is overwhelming and undeniable.

We’re already seeing changes. Glaciers are melting, plants and animals are being forced from their habitat, and the number of severe storms and droughts is increasing.


The number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes has almost doubled in the last 30 years.2
Malaria has spread to higher altitudes in places like the Colombian Andes, 7,000 feet above sea level.3
The flow of ice from glaciers in Greenland has more than doubled over the past decade.4

At least 279 species of plants and animals are already responding to global warming, moving closer to the poles.5

Deaths from global warming will double in just 25 years — to 300,000 people a year.6

Global sea levels could rise by more than 20 feet with the loss of shelf ice in Greenland and Antarctica, devastating coastal areas worldwide.7

Droughts and wildfires will occur more often.
The Arctic Ocean could be ice free in summer by 2050.8

 

More than a million species worldwide could be driven to extinction by 2050.9

Heat waves will be more frequent and more intense.

1 According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), this era of global warming “is unlikely to be entirely natural in origin” and “the balance of evidence suggests a discernible human influence of the global climate.”
2 Emanuel, K. 2005. Increasing destructiveness of tropical cyclones over the past 30 years. Nature 436: 686-688.
3 World Health Organization
4 Krabill, W., E. Hanna, P. Huybrechts, W. Abdalati, J. Cappelen, B. Csatho, E. Frefick, S. Manizade, C. Martin, J, Sonntag, R. Swift, R. Thomas and J. Yungel. 2004. Greenland Ice Sheet: Increased coastal thinning. Geophysical Research Letters 31.
5 Nature.
6 World Health Organization
7 Washington Post, “Debate on Climate Shifts to Issue of Irreparable Change,” Juliet Eilperin, January 29, 2006, Page A1.
8 Arctic Climate Impact Assessment. 2004. Impacts of a Warming Arctic. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Also quoted in Time Magazine, Vicious Cycles, Missy Adams, March 26, 2006.
9 Time Magazine, Feeling the Heat, David Bjerklie, March 26, 2006.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Tuesday, November 17, 2009 10:28 am

    Global Warming? Which century are you living in, man? Don’t you know it’s a myth being propagated by the fart industry?

  2. Tuesday, November 17, 2009 8:13 pm

    The Successor,

    Yes, you are right and I am wrong! :D

  3. Tuesday, December 1, 2009 10:30 am

    What’s up, dude?? What’s happening? :D

    @The Successor
    WTF…

  4. Friday, December 4, 2009 12:06 am

    Nikhil,
    Great to see you back! At the new place I leave, very few ISPs operate, and those very few give extremely poor services, which ensures I never get smooth internet working… Kind of on and off, so my low frequency is ever low now! Good to see yaa, keep visiting. :D

  5. Todd McKinney permalink
    Friday, May 21, 2010 1:00 am

    Climate change is a natural occurance the earth warms and cools all by itself. 93% of all carbon dioxide is created by nature . These are proven facts !! The earth has been in a cooling cycle for several years. I am sure you know the real “Incovenent Truth” but it does not serve your agenda !!! Your leader Al “chicken little” Gore has been exposed as the liar he is. He would not have bought a nine million dollar home on the beach if sea levels were rising ! He bought that home with money he took from the most ignorant people in this country. The truth will set you free, get the facts!

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