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Un-nerving Update to Recent Climate Report

by Don Beck Tuesday, Dec. 04, 2007 at 3:59 PM

What the IPCC Report Didn't and Couldn't Say

Scientists involved in writing the report said recently that it is already out of date and that its predictions are too conservative.

Here are some very important scientific findings (not modeling) from this past year that were not allowed into the report because of a deadline of a year and a half ago for the input of scientific data.

This wasn't a dastardly conspiracy, just a rather stupid rule that proved to be quite tragic in light of the alarming scientific data of this past year.

Moreover, the political contingent showed up as each report was written by the scientific community, and the political hacks softened up the language every where they could, so the report is not even close to what it should be.

The sea level rise forecast is the most notably skewed. Dr. James Hansen says a more accurate forecast for 2100 is more than 5 meters without measures to reduce CO2 substantially.(1) He, and many others, have said that the report was written without the very recent knowledge of glacial acceleration feedbacks that have surprised the scientists with the rapidity of the melting and flow, making the report's forecasts much too low.

Consequently, the level of urgency that is understood by policy makers around the world will be out of touch with reality and the chance to slow the warming of the planet disastrously diminished.

[Links to the article that these statements are ripped from are provided below. You will notice that only one of these reports is from a U.S. corporate news service.]

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2) Dec. '06 - Globe is Warming Faster Than Scientist's worst predictions. Our worst fears are exceeded by reality.

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Oceans

3) Jan. '07 - Earth is Losing its Ability to Absorb CO2?

4) May '07 - ... (the Southern Oceans) are beginning to release the CO2 they have stored.

5) Oct. '07 - ...the ability of (the Atlantic) ocean to absorb CO2 has dropped by half....

6) Feb. '07 - World's sea levels are rising at an accelerating rate. Sea levels are rising even faster than scientists predicted.

7) May '07 - 30% reduction in the warm currents that carry water north from the Gulf Stream.

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Other Positive Feedbacks

8) Mar. '07 - Tundra Disappearing At Rapid Rate. "It's like it waited until conditions were just right and then it decided to get up and run, not just walk.".....This sets up a "positive feedback," the same process that is associated with the rapidly decaying Arctic ice cap.

9) Aug. '07 - Arctic lakes are beginning to release methane and CO2. A global tragedy of monumental proportions is unfolding at the top of the world...

10) Nov. '07 - The increase in forest fires in the boreal forests have weakened one of the earth's greatest terrestrial sinks of carbon dioxide.

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CO2

11) Feb. '07 - Carbon dioxide rate is at highest level for 650,000 years.

12) Oct. '07 - New CO2 evidence means climate change predictions are 'too optimistic' Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are increasing much faster.... than scientists have predicted....

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Glaciers

13) Jan. '07 - Glaciers (water supply) Melting 6 X Faster Than '80s

14) Sept. '07 - Glaciers are moving much faster towards the sea because of previously unknown factors. (Greenland ice is) advancing toward the sea at seven miles per year, compared with three and a half miles before.

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Polar Ice

15) Jan. '07 - The Pace of Arctic Global Warming is Staggering. "....the change "is happening so extremely fast, much much faster than we have seen in thousands and thousands of years. "Climate change in the Arctic is not coming. It is here,"

16) Mar. '07 - ... the Antarctic Peninsula is warming faster than anywhere else on Earth, and glaciers are in massive retreat.

17) April '07 - .... the (sea ice) that we've observed is actually declining much faster than the models have shown.

18) Sept. '07 - 'Remarkable' Drop in Arctic Sea Ice Raises Questions

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19) Jan. '07 - Reduce CO2 in Ten Years, or Climate Will be Out-of-Control. 'If we fail to act, we will end up with a different planet'

20) July '07 - No Link Between Cosmic Rays and Global Warming





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Recent Temperature Records -

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21) 2005 was the Warmest year on Record.

22) 2006 was the 5th Warmest on Record.

23) 2006 was the 2nd Warmest Year on Record for the U.S.

24) '06 Dec. the Warmest December on Record

25) January '07......................Warmest on Record

26) April '07...........................Third Warmest on Record.

27) January-May period.............................tied with 1998 as the Warmest on Record

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11 of the past 12 years are the warmest on record, and '07 is clearly on track to make it 12 in a row.

Skeptics say that this is normal 'variability' of the climate. But the more you read of the data of late, you see that it is only varying in the wrong direction.......... everywhere they look.

Don Beck



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References:

1) http://pubs.giss.nasa.gov/docs/2007/2007_Hansen_2.pdf

2) http://environment.independent.co.uk/climate_change/article2110651.ece

3) http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2007/jan/19/frontpagenews.climatechange

4) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/technology/technology.html?in_article_id=455735&in_page_id=1965

This link is not functioning. To retrieve this article you must enter "Ocean 'less effective at absorbing climate change gases'"

into google's search engine.

5) http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7008907686

6) http://www.environment.guardian.co.uk/climatechange/story/0,,2004718,00.html

7) http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2007/05/86525.html

8) http://www.mbeconetwork.org/newsitem.php?news=2

9) http://www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2007/08/13/008.html

10) http://environment.independent.co.uk/climate_change/article3115537.ece

11) http://environment.independent.co.uk/climate_change/article2211568.ece

This link is not functioning. To retrieve this article you must enter "Carbon dioxide rate

is at highest level for 650,000 years" into the Independent's search engine.

12) http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article2719627.ece

13) http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Melting_Glaciers_Show_Climate_Change_Speeding_Up_999.html

14) http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5ji-VBJ-GzgzCFcdspzNBU5kKAB3Q

15) http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Arctic_Region_As_Global_Warming_Barometer_999.html

16) http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSSYD27511820070326

17) http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/04/04/3916309-cp.html

18) http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/topstory/2007/arctic_minimum.html

19) http://environment.independent.co.uk/climate_change/article2116874.ece

20) http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2007/07/no-link-between.html

21) http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/2005/

22) http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/2006/ann/global.html

23) http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/2006/ann/ann06.html

24) http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/2006/dec/global.html#Temp

25) http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/research/2007/jan/jan07.html#Global

26) http://www.publicaffairs.noaa.gov/releases2007/may07/noaa07-029.html

27) http://www.publicaffairs.noaa.gov/releases2007/jun07/noaa07-033.html

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