Overheard: A conversation about climate, global warming
"The first six months of 2012 accounted for the warmest January-through-June period on record for the contiguous U.S., the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on July 9." First diner: "Who said 'global warming'? I try not to use that term because your conservative hackles flare up every time I do.
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#1 Jul 15, 2012
And they wonder why they are called 'denialists'?? Just look at the knee jerk denial. First he calls it a 'conspiracy theory'. Nobody has EVER claimed that AGW was based on a 'conspiracy'. They suggest it is a consequence of industry now being recognised as a 'thermal pollution'. Even ignoring the 'Al Gore' diversion (irrelevant) the claim that a 1C per century warming is not going to be a bother just shows pure ignorance. Ice ages ( a notable and fairly dramatic climate change) are caused by a few degrees of cooling. Then there is the 'climate always changes' which is just stupid. Yes, there are small changes of climate as climate is never purely stable. But it doesn't change the fact that AGW is making a shift of climate on top of that. A fairly major shift as these things go.
I'm sure that the second speaker will continue to deny the evidence as long as he can. And then blame the Liberals when he can no longer deny the obvious.
#2 Jul 15, 2012
NASA/GISS graphics for the most recent 6 month time period, November thru April, at various intervals for the time satelitte time period.
Last 'winter' November thru April was warm for the US but not so warm for the rest of the world.
2012 as compared to 1979 thru 2012.
2012 as compared to 1990 thru 2012
2012 as compared to 1995 thru 2012
2012 as compared to 2000 thru 2012
The US was warm, the rest of the world not so much.
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