The same temperature increases have been found to exist on Mars right now. Can that be explained by man-made global warming?
Mars Melt Hints at Solar, Not Human, Cause for Warming, Scientist Says
This scientist is at odds with popular scientific beliefs, but same could have been said for Galileo when he claimed the earth is not flat.
Both of these problems could be curbed if there was some global initiative to limit the rampant population growth. Rising population fuels greenhouse emissions in both the form of industrialization and over-expansion of agriculture. Then again, if there's not support for reducing emissions, I can hardly imagine the backlash from the idea of population controls.
Ah, the end game.......
WHO TV - Des Moines: Poor nations demand climate money
Gee whiz, I wonder why the UN is supporting this push?
I'd also point out that less that 2% of all green house gases are human caused.
squelched from the GW crowd about solar forcing. If you look at some of the studies, very significant response of climate from sunspot (or lack thereof) activity. We're currently entering a strangely dead supspot cycle and, goofy as it sounds, global temps have fallen or been steady the last decade... Google "maunder minimum" although I probably butchered the spelling.
Why is Gore a doofus? He was a good high school football player (instead of a good high school cheerleader) and in 2000 he beat dubya in the popular vote by more votes than Kennedy beat Nixon. Unfortunately for the country (based on 30% approval ratings) dubya got the electoral vote with a little help from his daddy's buddies in the supreme court.
And I'm glad there is an electoral college otherwise their would be no campaigning in Iowa and only East Coast and West Coast would have a say on who the President is.
In south central ND where I grew up, there is a nice little recreational and fishing lake called Hoskins Lake, about 1 mile in diameter. It is shown on the enclosed jpeg by the green arrow.
The big, sprawling body of water to the N/NE of Hoskins and extending to Danzig is known as Dry Lake. Dry Lake is about 2 miles wide and 6 miles long. Long story short...prior to the 1990's, Dry Lake didn't exist as a lake. Dry Lake had been dry, except for some spots out in the middle, and had been as long as anybody could remember. The area was settled in the late 1800's. It was obvious from the geology that a big lake was there at one time. There were few well-established farmsteads swallowed by the lake.
In about 1990, that area started receiving significantly above average rainfall and snowfall. The above average precipitation continued for several years, and Dry Lake filled up and overflowed after about 3-4 years, if I recall correctly (my family owns pasture and hay land in Dry Lake).
That area experienced major climate change. It rained and snowed like nobody had every seen for several years. Just prior to that, there had been several years of drought in the late 1980's. Farmers started growing crops that they could never grow before because of the additional precipitationl (irrigation is not economically feasible there). Dry Lake became a wonderful fishing lake due to all the cover on the lake bottom.
Over the last 3-5 years, the precipitation has dropped to more historically "normal" levels, and Dry Lake is starting to retreat and dry up. It may take years for it to dry up completely, but it has started to happen. The lake is at least 60 ft deep, so there is a bunch of water there.
There are rumors passed down from trappers and Native American lore that Dry Lake was full in the early to mid 1800's. The geology of the lake floor seems to indicate that, but nobody knows for sure.
The point is that apparently every hundred to two hundred years or so, some kind of extended signficant climatic change takes place in that part of the country. Nobody seems to have an answer. It could just be a long-term cycle, or it could be something else.
Anyway, I think it is kind of fascinating to see a huge lake like that develop naturally, and a little departure for the GDub/Gore war...