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A Reconstruction of Regional and Global Temperature for the Past 11,300 Years

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Source of study: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/339/6124/1198.abstract

Source of graph: http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2013/03/new-hockey-stick-graph-scarier

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"What we found is that temperatures increased in the last hundred years as much as they had cooled in the last six or seven thousand."

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Human Influence (I)

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attribution_of_recent_climate_change#Attribution_of_20th_century_climate_change

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How to Distinguish Pseudoscience from Good Science

Dr. Michael Shermer (founding publisher of skeptic magazine) discussing a 'Baloney Detection Kit' inspired by Carl Sagan.

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Scientific Opinion

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_opinion_on_climate_change#Surveys_of_scientists_and_scientific_literature

 

Average responses of studies above: 

89,75% "Largely Caused By Humans"

4,14% "Little or No Human Effect"

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Evidence for Climate Change

1) Sea level rise

Global sea level rose about 17 centimeters (6.7 inches) in the last century

 

2) Global temperature rise

All three major global surface temperature reconstructions show that Earth has warmed since 1880. Most of this warming has occurred since the 1970s, with the 20 warmest years having occurred since 1981 and with all 10 of the warmest years occurring in the past 12 years. Even though the 2000s witnessed a solar output decline resulting in an unusually deep solar minimum in 2007-2009, surface temperatures continue to increase.

 

3) Warming oceans

The oceans have absorbed much of this increased heat, with the top 700 meters (about 2,300 feet) of ocean showing warming of 0.302 degrees Fahrenheit since 1969.

 

4) Shrinking ice sheets

The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have decreased in mass. Data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment show Greenland lost 150 to 250 cubic kilometers (36 to 60 cubic miles) of ice per year between 2002 and 2006, while Antarctica lost about 152 cubic kilometers (36 cubic miles) of ice between 2002 and 2005.

 

5) Declining Arctic sea ice

Both the extent and thickness of Arctic sea ice has declined rapidly over the last several decades.

 

6) Glacial retreat

Glaciers are retreating almost everywhere around the world — including in the Alps, Himalayas, Andes, Rockies, Alaska and Africa.

 

7) Extreme events

The number of record high temperature events in the United States has been increasing, while the number of record low temperature events has been decreasing, since 1950. The U.S. has also witnessed increasing numbers of intense rainfall events.

 

8) Ocean acidification

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the acidity of surface ocean waters has increased by about 30 percent. This increase is the result of humans emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and hence more being absorbed into the oceans. The amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by the upper layer of the oceans is increasing by about 2 billion tons per year.

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Source: http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence

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Human Influence (II)

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Source: http://www.globalchange.gov/images/cir/pdf/Global.pdf, page 20

 

Source quoted in image: http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/publications_ipcc_fourth_assessment_report_wg1_report_the_physical_science_basis.htm

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Published Opinion

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Source: http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/7/4/044005/article?sid=IOPP

 

The published opinion fails to adequately represent the scientific opinion, especially in the US and in the UK.

 

For more information on lobbying efforts (and funding strategies) see:

a) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_change_denial#Private_sector

b) http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns/global-warming-and-energy/polluterwatch/koch-industries/

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Calm Down

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Finally, a friendly call to see the whole issue a bit more relaxed.

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