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April 6, 2014

The climate is changing: how about us?

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In his second illustration we see a pump-jack. Once the oil obtained is consumed it produces greenhouse gases (GHGs), primarily carbon dioxide, which trap some of the outgoing infrared energy from the Earth’s surface, normally emitted to space, thereby warming our planet. The haiku again points out some aspects of our planet that are impacted by these increasing levels of GHGs. The other 17 illustrations make for wonderful viewing and reading on sightline.org.

The IPCC process uses a cutoff date for considering and incorporating published articles. Dr. James Powell, a geochemist, was curious about the papers that were published after the cutoff date. He searched all publications on the subject of “Climate” from November 2012 through December 2013.

He found that of “2258 peer-reviewed climate articles by 9136 authors … only one – ONE - author rejected man-made global warming.” This is illustrated by the large circle, of the same title with one very thin slice barely visible. That single publication was by S.V. Avakyan in the “Herald of the Russian Academy of Sciences” (2013, Vol. 83). The title is “The Role of Solar Activity in Global Warming.”

The consensus is clear. There is virtually zero scientific disagreement on climate change or its cause.

Powell also states: “Some of the most vocal global warming deniers (for example, Lindzen, Monckton, Singer, and Watts) have never written a scientific paper in which they say explicitly that human-caused global warming is false. Why? Because if they did, they would have to come up with the evidence to back up the claim, and there is no such evidence. If there were, surely they would have told us by now.”

Holly Richmond of Grist adds: “The problem is that while 0.01 percent of peer-reviewed scientists are deniers, 30 percent of the members of the U.S. House and Senate are.”

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