Climate change is real, and real scientists don’t (usually) lie

Excellent video about the ‘climate-gate’ non-scandal. (You know, how some emails from climate researchers was taken out of context and used to vilify them – only for an enquiry to reveal no wrongdoing of any sort.) Well, this video goes through the whole thing, step by step:

I wonder, though: did these writers [1,2,3]later apologize for writing articles without, in fact, proper fact checking? Or were at least some of these authors (see video above, as well) actively working with pernicious intentions?

Link via Pharyngula.

Looney Tunes – about CO2 emissions

Remember my last post about Reason vs. Faith?

Well, watch this video where the idea is put forward that reducing CO2 emissions will take away ‘plant food’ and in fact harm the Earth. Looney? Well, this is a House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment hearing.

Yes, these are the guys who have a say in US energy policies.

OK, watched that video? Surprised by the last sentence about the world not ending in a flood? Watch this, you’ll know.

Remember what I was saying about reason and belief?

More global warming bad news…

Found this today. It seems, according to this report, that based on current emission trends, global warming effects are set to be irreversible – over the next 1000 years (yes, one thousand) – irrespective of what mankind does to reduce his environmental footprint.

That’s bad.

Quoting from the report:

Climate change is “largely irreversible” for the next 1,000 years even if carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions could be abruptly halted, according to a new study led by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The study’s authors said there was “no going back” after the report showed that changes in surface temperature, rainfall and sea level are “largely irreversible for more than 1,000 years after CO2 emissions are completely stopped.”

… The authors emphasized that increases in CO2 that occur from 2000 to 2100 are set to “lock in” a sea level rise over the next 1,000 years.

Bad, bad, bad. Can we at least try and minimize the damage over the next 100 years?

A breathing planet

Recent attempts at mapping Carbon Dioxide emissions in the US (and ultimately the whole planet) has led to this video.

It’s incredible to be able to actually see the emission rates differ between day and night, and to see the difference in concentrations between different regions.

Hope this leads, ultimately, to efforts to reduce emissions, and to people having a minimum of concern for this planet that we call home.

It’s Christmas… but is it?

Christmas is here, but where is winter?

As Christmas approached, we were quite surprised to realise that we were still going around, even at night, in light summer clothing. What the heck!! What’s Christmas without proper winter? And Kolkata is no exception: many regions reported a rise in temperatures from the average around this time… Some of my contacts abroad, such as in USA, said the same thing… It’s cold, but not much snow!

When industries, environmental groups, and the rest of us are all bickering over the seriousness of global warming, should this ring a bell somewhere?

Is global warming catching up?