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Do you believe in Climate Change?

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TV commentators and other 'experts' have backed away from Global Warming and are now calling it 'Climate Change' - do you believe Climate Change is real, or are we simply going through a normal 'cycle' that is perhaps caused by Sun 'spots'?
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Back in the 1990s the scientists on the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change were predicting, from their alleged scientific expertise, that world temperatures would increase at an alarming rate during the first ten years of the 21st century. Al Gore was awarded a Nobel Prize for his movie "an inconvenient truth" which predicted the terrible effects that the world would suffer unless there was a huge cut back on CO2 production and stopped such activities as fossil fuel generation of electricity. We believed them and we were further horrified by the computer predictions these "experts" produced from their supposed expertise showing the amount world temperatures were going to increase every year between 2000 and 2010 and the terrible effects this would have, including massive flooding of various parts of the world, such as the Netherlands disappearing under the sea. But despite this CO2 production has continued to increase . China has opened a new coal fired power station almost every week since 2000, and there have been big increases in world airline flights. in Brazil the rain forests have continued to be destroyed. So have the predictions of Al Gore and the UNIPCC proved to have been correct? No they have not!. If world temperatures over past ten years are studied from data of World Meteorological Organization it can be seen that far from there being a continuing warming of the world, temperatures have not in fact increased since 1998 - that is a FACT. Moreover here in Europe meteorological records confirm it has been the coldest December so far for over 100 years and I see reports on TV that over in the east coast USA you too are suffering the same kind of unprecedented snow we have suffered from in recent weeks and this unprecedented cold is also affecting other parts such as northern Siberia. Moreover this is the third winter in succession we have all been having this extremely cold weather throughout the whole of the northern hemisphere. Moreover if one studies the climate patterns of Earth since it was last as cold as it has been these past three winters, there appears ti have been very little "change" in climatic conditions overall. so it is very apparent that the scientists at the United Nations International Panel on Climate change have been proved wrong and Al Gore has been proved WRONG. But one notes AL Gore has not offered to give his Nobel Prize back and refuses to have a debate on TV with the likes of Lord Monckton who has exposed the huge numbers of flaws in his "An Inconvenient truth". No I do not believe in what was and is still being put out about global warming, now renamed "climate change" for political correctness terminoloogy purposes, because it has been proved utterly WRONG!

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Humans would be very arrogant to believe that we could do whatever we wanted to this planet and change nothing at all. Assuming we can do whatever we want and there will be no consequences is the height of arrogance. The ocean is warming, we have already experienced severe, catastrophic flooding all over the planet, most recently in Haiti. Among people who study climate change there is no debate. among people who live in the far north, there is no debate. Native peoples of the arctic circle who survive on caribou are going to great lengths to preserve their lifestyle. Where once there herds of caribou could walk across ice, they now have to load them onto boats.

There have already been thousands of deaths linked to climate change; death from floods, warming water killing coral reefs, causing fish to lose habitat which leads to food shortages, severe drought.

I live in Washington state. We have more glaciers than any other state in the lower 48. It's dry here in the summer, especially on the east side of the state. Every year, the glaciers that feed our rivers and grow our food are getting smaller and smaller. When they are gone, we won't be able to grow food.

But back to your question, I believe in climate change and I think humans are contributing to it. Wouldn't it be arrogant to believe that the earth is warming and it is just a coincidence that we are pumping out immeasurable amounts of heat-trapping gases? Keep in mind, carbon traps heat, we can measure it.

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Yes, I do, though I'm still not quite convinced of man's contribution to the issue as really significant or not. I could go on and on about various evidence provided by either side of that debate. Something I've run across recently is a graph showing atmosphere CO2 content over the last 400,000 years. It shows that roughly every 125,000 years, there is a sharp increase in CO2 levels, then a slow decline as the Earth slips into another ice age. We are currently entering into another peak. It also appears that it's definitely a natural cycle. The graph also shows the projected CO2 levels for the next 10 years.

PlanetForLife appears to a pro-global warming entity, and I view their projections with a little skepticism, though there is no doubt that entering into high point, and right on time, too.

http://www.planetforlife.com/co2history/index.html

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Part 2- I can logically (?) explain the slow decrease in CO2 levels. Warm temperatures and high CO2 levels promotes the growth of plant life, which flourishes and depletes the CO2. Cooler temperatures prevail and with lower CO2 levels, plant life decreases. What I can't explain, is the seemingly rapid rise in CO2 into the peak periods.

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The climate is always changing. Every hundred years or so, the climate gets cooler or hotter, depending on the previous shift. Humans are, to be frank, down right arrogant to think that what we do could possibly influence such a massive and tremendous phenomenon like the weather and climate.

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There's indisputable proof that the climate *is* changing. The debate now is whether humans are causing or contributing to that change, or whether the change is due to something else entirely.

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