Friday, March 14, 2008

Now The World Is Cooling - It's Official!

Watch out! Global Cooling!
Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has
exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100 years. Baghdad sees its
first snow in all recorded history. North America has the most
snowcover in 50 years, with places like Wisconsin the highest since
record-keeping began. Record levels of Antarctic sea ice, record cold
in Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Mexico, Australia, Iran, Greece, South
Africa, Greenland, Argentina, Chile -- the list goes on and on.

No more than anecdotal evidence, to be sure. But now, that evidence
has been supplanted by hard scientific fact. All four major global
temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA's GISS, UAH, RSS) have
released updated data. All show that over the past year, global
temperatures have dropped precipitously.

Meteorologist Anthony Watts compiled the results of all the sources.
The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C -- a value
large enough to erase nearly all the global warming recorded over the
past 100 years. All in one year's time. For all sources, it's the
single fastest temperature change every recorded, either up or down.

Scientists quoted in a past DailyTech article link the cooling to
reduced solar activity which they claim is a much larger driver of
climate change than man-made greenhouse gases. The dramatic cooling
seen in just 12 months time seems to bear that out. While the data
doesn't itself disprove that carbon dioxide is acting to warm the
planet, it does demonstrate clearly that more powerful factors are
now cooling it.

Let's hope those factors stop fast. Cold is more damaging than heat.
The mean temperature of the planet is about 54 degrees. Humans -- and
most of the crops and animals we depend on -- prefer a temperature
closer to 70.

Historically, the warm periods such as the Medieval Climate Optimum
were beneficial for civilization. Corresponding cooling events such
as the Little Ice Age, though, were uniformly bad news.

But the warmists have a response! Apparently they are describing the
current exceptional cold as "suppressed warming”


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