Friday, March 30, 2007

Should We Worry About Global Warming?

There is much good information published online by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). It can be a bit long-winded and esoteric, but here is an interesting summary from their study on "Abrupt Climate Change".

Is anyone listening or is it too difficult to understand? They're saying we need more study (of course, always), but there's no reason to panic. Al Gore? Can you hear me?


Fig. 22 Norweigian Sea Image from NASA

Should I Worry?
It is important not to be fatalistic about the threats posed by abrupt climate change. (National Research Council, 2002).

At this point, we know that abrupt climate change is a reality. It has happened before and will happen again. How and why it happened in the past are still open questions, as are how, why, and when it might happen in the future. The information found in natural archives of climate and environmental change such as ice cores, lake and ocean sediments, tree rings, and other proxies can be of profound benefit to society in understanding and predicting future climate change.

The goal of the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology is to provide easy access to high quality scientific information derived from rigorous studies of past climate changes. We believe, as do most climate scientists, that the topic of abrupt climate change is worthy of further study, and needs more information before predictions can be made about future events. Several national and international initiatives, such as the U.S. Climate Change Science Plan, have targeted this topic as a priority for scientific research.


Anonymous said...

Everything you've written on this site proves the science on GW is far from settled. Like that astrophysicist from Harvard said, science is our most successful means towards understanding nature. Until scientists can come to a more clearer understanding, let's keep the politicians, past and present, out of it.

Peter said...

I'm afraid it is too late to keep politics and politicians out of issues concerning the environment. The best we can do is try to let everyone, meaning voters,know when politicians are lying, or being hypocritical, or just being plain wrong and stupid.

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