Wednesday, May 18, 2016

An uberpost series on the science of global warming

I use the term "global warming" for two reasons: it bothers the Right Sort of people, and it accurately describes the debate - after all, nobody is talking about declining temperatures.  It's a more honest label.

Coyote Blog finishes up his great series of posts on the science of global warming.  I've been meaning to update my Should You Be A Global Warming Skeptic? post for a couple years now, but this series is more complete.

Highly recommended if you actually want to know the state of the science.


Ted said...

"Global Warming" has all the Hallmarks of a religion.

Bad things will happen at some indeterminate point in the future unless we make sacrifices RIGHT NOW . Don't ask too many questions just believe what we say as "the truth". And no we can't actually prove anything.... You'll just have to believe the priest .

Jehu said...

You know, if global warming were something people REALLY believed in, I'd be able to buy oceanfront property dirt cheap (because of the expectation that it'd be underwater soon). Because I can't, I can reasonably conclude that at least the smart money doesn't really believe in global warming.
In real estate purchases, there is truth.

burt said...

BP, I remember you writing - a long time ago - that global warming washed you socks and made a great grilled cheese sandwich.

I'm all for returning to the use of "global warming" in the debate. That's where it started: BearManPig's movie-based accusations that the planet is warming faster than any time in its past, the glaciers are melting, and the seas are rising at a catastrophic rate.

When a religionist says "climate change", I respond by asking "don't you mean global warming?" and usually get either an angry glance or an insult in return.

And when they say "no, climate change', I tell them that the climate has been constantly changing since the planet was formed - and then ask them to explain the ice cores that show plant growth *under* the ice sheet in Greenland (North Greenland Ice Core Project).