"Greenhouse lobby, read the paper"
following the climate debate should read, (between the lines), the features
by Simon Grose, and by Peter Szental in today's CT. The first item , shows just
how hard it is to say exactly what the temperature of the planet is doing, with
some findings now showing that average temperatures in Antarctica may be dropping.
The second castigates 'strong
and vocal self-interested groups that still argue against'
the greenhouse effect. Its author happens to be, by the way, 'chief
executive officer of the Sustainable Energy Industry Association.'
Der. (Pot calling Kettle, come in Kettle
)" (Larry Mounser, Canberra
If you want to contribute with our work, sending no money,
what? Antarctica's getting colder, not warmer"
"The Earth's polar regions long have been considered canaries
in the coal mine on climate change - the first places to look, many scientists
said, to learn whether the planet's temperature is, in fact, rising. Indeed,
climate models generally predict that the heating of the atmosphere - precipitated
by global warming - will cause the vast layer of ice that covers Antarctica
to melt, raising sea levels and changing regional climate patterns by altering
This week, that widely held presumption is being challenged.
Two studies of temperatures and ice-cap movements in Antarctica suggest that
the Southern Hemisphere's "canary" isn't going down without a fight
- key sections of the ice cap appear to be growing thicker, not thinner, as
previously believed. And the continent's average temperature appears to have
cooled slightly during the past 35 years, not warmed." (Christian Science
Monitor) | West Antarctic Ice Getting Thicker (AP) | Antarctic May Have Stopped
Shrinking, Study Finds (Reuters) | Ice 'thickens' in West Antarctica (BBC Online)
| West Antarctic ice sheet is thickening (New Scientist)
See Positive Mass Balance of the Ross Ice Streams, West Antarctica, Science
295: 476 (PDF) and related On Thickening Ice?, Science 295: 451
CHANGE MAY BRING MORE WINTER FLOODS, AND A DRIER GROWING SEASON IN CALIFORNIA"
"A new study finds that climate warming over the next century will bring
potential flooding in winter, as a result of increased streamflow throughout
California. The study also finds less water would be available during the summer
months. Norman Miller and Kathy Bashford of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
(LBNL), and Eric Strem of the National Weather Service's (NWS) California-Nevada
River Forecast Center looked at two climate change scenarios projected out to
the year 2100. Based on these scenarios, they determined how the smallest to
largest expected changes in regional temperature and precipitation would affect
streamflow throughout California." (NASA/GSFC)
"NASA satellite instrument warms up global cooling theory" - "Measurements
from a NASA Langley Research Center satellite instrument dispute a recent theory
that proposes that clouds in the Tropics might cool the Earth and counteract
predictions of global warming. The Langley instrument indicates these clouds
would instead slightly strengthen the greenhouse effect to warm the Earth."
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