Climate Change Series Intro

A balanced view of the scientific evidence related to climate change

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A Closer Look at Global Warming

Introduction

You’ve all seen or heard the alarming news stories about the impending dangers to our planet due to the expected warming caused by the continued release of man-made greenhouse gases.  Global warming, also known as “climate change,” is expected to accelerate during this century, leading to a variety of environmental hazards such as rising sea levels, extreme drought, more severe storms, etc.  While the majority of scientists believe this is going to happen, a smaller, less vocal group believes that the threats are exaggerated, or worse, a complete hoax.  These “deniers” as they are called, are sometimes treated with contempt, resulting in little or no open dialog. There have even been recent attempts by the U. S. Department of Justice and state attorney generals to subpoena various climate skeptics for their records of past positions and research. It did not help that thousands of emails leaked to the public in 2009 (the so-called “Climate-gate” scandal) revealed a tendency among some climate scientists to try to hide or alter unfavorable data and silence dissenting views. Even among supporters, there is perceived to be an attitude of complacency, called “neo-skepticism,” that feels there is little we can or should do to alter the trend. So who’s right, or do both sides have valid points?  My goal as a non-climate scientist is to present a more balanced view of the scientific evidence related to this topic through a series of blogs. To view the blog in the correct order, follow the links at the bottoms of the posts. (References are included in each section, denoted in the text by a superscript numeral)

  1.  “97% of Climate Scientists Agree That ….”
  2. The Hockey Stick Controversy
  3. Recent Satellite-observed Temperature Trends and the “Pause” in Global Warming
  4. A Review of the Greenhouse Effect
  5. Accuracy of Long Range Global Temperature Predictions
  6. Looking at Climate in the Distant Past
  7. Short Period Natural Climate Variations
  8. Variations in Solar Output and Their Effects on Climate
  9. Drought Cycles and Crop Yields
  10. Heavy Precipitation and Flooding
  11. Trends in Hurricane Frequency and Intensity

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