Is Global Warming Real? Is global warming real and, if so, is it caused by humans? 

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After just posting something similar on the other Global Warming "thread," I thought I would mention this here as well.  It's always interesting to hear both sides of the story.  Because most of my research in this arena (for my own personal knowledge) revolved around proving Global Warming to be...

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After just posting something similar on the other Global Warming "thread," I thought I would mention this here as well.  It's always interesting to hear both sides of the story.  Because most of my research in this arena (for my own personal knowledge) revolved around proving Global Warming to be true, I thought it would be fun to read a book revealing those in the science world who disagree.  Therefore, let me suggest a book to you:  The Deniers, by Lawrence Solomon.  An interesting read, to say the least!

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Let's not forget that many people confuse global warming and the natural greenhouse effect. Our climate system is supposed to act like a greenhouse. We wouldn't be here otherwise. Is global warming real? Current evidence says it is.

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The two most populous nations on Earth, China and India, are finally beginning to industrialize.  Is this bad?  Yes.  Is this good?  Yes.  Yes, they will continue to push carbon into the environment at an ever increasing rate in the short term.  Things will get worse before they get better.  However, as every country on Earth has done, as soon as they begin to industrialize, the population will begin to decrease, and the standard of living will increase. Currently, these 2 countries have over 50% (over 3 billion people!) of the world's population. How far and how fast their populations will decrease is anyone's guess, but eventually there will be a balance between worldwide population and worldwide consumption that will be sustainable.  I doubt we'll live to see it; our grandchildren's children should be so lucky, but there will be a day when our descendants look at the population graph and wonder what all the hoopla was about when it spiked, when their current world's population is  2 to 3 billion. Who knows?  If they live in Glacier Bay, kids may have to climb over glaciers to walk to school.

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Is global warming real?  Yes.  Is global cooling real?  Yes.  Has human activity in the last 150 years accelerated the rate of warming?  Maybe.  Has it altered the climate?  Probably.  Will it mean the end of the Earth?  No.  Will it mean the end of mankind?  Maybe.  Has it altered ecological systems with long term damage? Yes.  Will the damage be repaired if we stop heating the Earth?  Maybe. Are recent receding ice caps and glacier losses due to industrial activity?  Probably not.  Consider (italics mine):

When Captain George Vancouver sailed the ice-choked water of Icy Strait in 1794, Glacier Bay was little more than a dent in the shoreline.  Across the head of the then-minor inlet stood a towering wall of ice, which marked the seaward outlet of an immense glacier that plugged the broad basin of what is today Glacier Bay.  In many places the ice mantle was more than 4000 feet thick.  John Muir, noted naturalist and explorer, discovered that by the time of his canoe trek into the bay in 1879, the ice front had retreated almost 50 miles, and a tall spruce and hemlock forest had begun to take its place at higher elevations.  Tidewaters had invaded the basin and filled the deep, narrow fjords.  Nowhere else have glaciers retreated at such a rapid pace.

"The Complete Guide to Cabins & Lodges,"  Little Brown & Co., G. Zimmermann, 1985, pg. 338.

  In the space of 85 years, glaciers nearly a mile thick retreated 50 miles, and this was before any appreciable industrial pollution. Could it be what we witness now is the continuation of that process, a couple of hundred year cycle of glacier growth and decay?  Do people, in fact,  have the necessary climate facts to make intelligent decisions?  

Consider that there's an Ice Age every 13,000 years that lasts for several thousand years.  Several thousand years ago the ice sheet spread unbroken from the North Pole to Virginia.  We're in the middle of the warm cycle now.  Despite what we do, Manhattan will be under 50 feet of ice in a few thousand years.  

Does that invalidate any precautionary actions now to maintain the environment?  Of course not, but it may not make a whit of difference one way or another. Because we lack facts, prudence is the best option.  Will the problem be solved with carbon taxes, enforced consumption reduction, and the like? No.  These may lessen the problem, but at what cost?  Black Markets?  Corrupt governments?  Deindustrialization? The only solution to the "environmental crisis" is a reduction of Earth's human population, period. Once that is back in balance, the problem will be nonexistent.  Consider this correlation:  It took from the beginning of time until 1850 for the world's population to reach 1 billion.  That's just the time the West industrializes.......hmmmm  I'm guessing we're now living through the top of the population spike, at 6 plus billion, and in our lifetimes we will see it begin to drop as sharply as it increased.  Why?  How?  That's for another post, 'cause I'm nearly out of space to write on this one.  

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Yes Global Warming is definitely real!  But actually we are going through a natural climate change, it is just that global warming is helping to speed up this climate change.  The fact that pollution is ruining our atmosphere and allowing for more UV rays to get trapped allows for our earth to warm up quicker.

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