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Climate Alarmists Caught Cheating Yet Again


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The most interesting thing about this graph is that even the UN's IPCC, the most notorious climate alarmist group, clearly shows no general warming trend the last 10 years. The black line, added by Fox News according to the caption, shows some warming over the last 20 years, but a similar line (least squares?) for the last 10 years only would clearly be horizonal, perhaps slightly downward. Granville Sewell
Spring May Come Earlier to North American Forests, Increasing Uptake of Carbon Dioxide Jan. 29, 2013 — Trees in the con­ti­nen­tal U.S. could send out new spring leaves up to 17 days ear­lier in the com­ing cen­tury than they did before global tem­per­a­tures started to rise, accord­ing to a new study by Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity researchers. These climate-driven changes could lead to changes in the com­po­si­tion of north­east­ern forests and give a boost to their abil­ity to take up car­bon dioxide.,,, The date of bud­burst affects how much car­bon diox­ide is taken up each year, yet most cli­mate mod­els have used overly sim­plis­tic schemes for rep­re­sent­ing spring bud­burst, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130129171427.htm bornagain77
Urban Heat Has Large-scale Climate Effects: Researchers find that heat given off by metropolitan areas is enough to influence winter warming Joe
Of 'serendipitous' note: Bugs in the Atmosphere: Significant Microorganism Populations Found in Middle and Upper Troposphere - Jan. 28, 2013 Excerpt: In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, researchers used genomic techniques to document the presence of significant numbers of living microorganisms -- principally bacteria -- in the middle and upper troposphere, that section of the atmosphere approximately four to six miles above Earth's surface. Whether the microorganisms routinely inhabit this portion of the atmosphere -- perhaps living on carbon compounds also found there -- or whether they were simply lofted there from Earth's surface isn't yet known. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130128151912.htm bornagain77
In somewhat related note, it is interesting to point out that the 'robustness' of the Earth to 'heal herself', after the Gulf oil spill a few years ago, was far greater than what many environmentalist had anticipated previous to the spill: Mighty oil-eating microbes help clean up the Gulf - July 2010 Excerpt: Where is all the oil? Nearly two weeks after BP finally capped the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, the oil slicks that once spread across thousands of miles of the Gulf of Mexico have largely disappeared. Nor has much oil washed up on the sandy beaches and marshes along the Louisiana coast.,,, The lesson from past spills is that the lion’s share of the cleanup work is done by nature in the form of oil-eating bacteria and fungi. (Thank God) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews_excl/ynews_excl_sc3270 Deepwater Oil Plume in Gulf Degraded by Microbes, Study Shows Excerpt: An intensive study by scientists with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) found that microbial activity degrades oil much faster than anticipated. This degradation appears to take place without a significant level of oxygen depletion. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100824132349.htm Methane Gas Concentrations in Gulf of Mexico Quickly Returned to Near-Normal Levels, Surprising Researchers - January 2011 Excerpt: Calling the results "extremely surprising", researchers report that methane gas concentrations in the Gulf of Mexico have returned to near normal levels only months after a massive release occurred following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110106145436.htm Microbes Consumed Oil in Gulf Slick at Unexpected Rates, Study Finds - August 2011 Excerpt: "Our study shows that the dynamic microbial community of the Gulf of Mexico supported remarkable rates of oil respiration, despite a dearth of dissolved nutrients," the researchers said. Edwards added that the results suggest "that microbes had the metabolic potential to break down a large portion of hydrocarbons and keep up with the flow rate from the wellhead." http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110801111752.htm At Least 200,000 Tons of Oil and Gas from Deepwater Horizon Spill Consumed by Gulf Bacteria - Sept. 11, 2012 Excerpt: Researchers from the University of Rochester and Texas A&M University have found that, over a period of five months following the disastrous 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, naturally-occurring bacteria that exist in the Gulf of Mexico consumed and removed at least 200,000 tons of oil and natural gas that spewed into the deep Gulf from the ruptured well head. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120911125315.htm In fact, it was found that man's effort to clean up the spill, by spreading dispersant, actually made the toxicity of the oil spill worse: Gulf of Mexico Clean-Up Makes 2010 Spill 52-Times More Toxic; Mixing Oil With Dispersant Increased Toxicity to Ecosystems - (Nov. 30, 2012) Excerpt: If the 4.9 million barrels of oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 Deep Water Horizon spill was a ecological disaster, the two million gallons of dispersant used to clean it up apparently made it even worse -- 52-times more toxic.,,, The study found that mixing the dispersant with oil increased toxicity of the mixture up to 52-fold over the oil alone. In toxicity tests in the lab, the mixture's effects increased mortality of rotifers, a microscopic grazing animal at the base of the Gulf's food web.,,, "Perhaps we should allow the oil to naturally disperse. It might take longer, but it would have less toxic impact on marine ecosystems." http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121130110518.htm The lesson in all this, aside from common sense measures, such as not dumping acids into lakes and ponds (or oceans), or allowing overly toxic emissions into the atmosphere, or denuding entire forests, is that God has built this Earth for us to inhabit, we are not 'parasites' on this Earth as I heard one atheist recently say. It is also noteworthy to point out that NSCE (National Center for Selling Evolution) has hitched its wagon to Global warming, and this 'hitching of the wagon' is indicative that Climate alarmists are driven, in large measure, by a wrong philosophical basis. In the atheistic/materialistic Darwinian philosophy, as is relentlessly promoted by NCSE, man is merely a accident and is certainly not 'intended' to be here on earth. Yet contrary to what their preferred philosophical bias appears to be, the earth gives abundant evidence for actually being designed for humans to exist on it: For instance here is one example: Earth's Capacity To Absorb CO2 Much Greater Than Expected: Nov. 2009 Excerpt: New data show that the balance between the airborne and the absorbed fraction of carbon dioxide has stayed approximately constant since 1850, despite emissions of carbon dioxide having risen from about 2 billion tons a year in 1850 to 35 billion tons a year now. This suggests that terrestrial ecosystems and the oceans have a much greater capacity to absorb CO2 than had been previously expected. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091110141842.htm Perhaps it is time for man to pay attention to what God has told us about ourselves, instead of listening to what atheists say about us: Noted Darwinist Sir David Attenborough Calls Humans "a Plague" - January 2013 http://www.evolutionnews.org/2013/01/noted_darwinist068561.html Verse and music: Isaiah 45:18-19 For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the Lord, and there is no other. I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth; I did not say to the seed of Jacob, ‘seek me in vain’; I, the Lord speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.” AWOLNATION - "SAIL" (Official Video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPtSKimbjOU bornagain77
Careful, you might incur the wrath of our NCSE friends who have jumped on the climate change bandwagon. After all, there is a consensus among real scientists . . . Eric Anderson
Warming the earth will increase crop production and reduce baby-making. Seems like a win-win for the planet. Mung

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