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Hotter than the Dust Bowl, but not hot enough for denialists

The only plausible explanation for global warming is human activity. So we should ask the obvious question: Who profits from the activity that causes global warming and who funds the anti-science global-warming denialist groups?
There is delusion, and then there is willful fantasy. At what point does the first pass into the second?

Wherever on the anti-science continuum lies the point we might wish to pinpoint, surely global-warming denialists have slid past, riding a toboggan down a slope so steep it threatens to become a cliff. And with the snow rapidly melting, there are many exposed rocks that could bring the ride to a sharp halt.

Unless you live in Seattle, Dublin or Edinburgh, this Northern Hemisphere summer has been difficult to ignore. The United States last month experienced its hottest month in recorded history, breaking the record set in July 1936 at the peak of the Dust Bowl, when farming became nearly impossible in the Great Plains because of heat and drought. As the Dust Bowl years of the mid-1930s still weigh heavily in the U.S. psyche, that is a particularly dramatic record.

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6 degrees is a Really Good Book 23.Aug.2012 20:32

dude

Google up 6 degrees for the details.

Facts are beyond belief.

Cheers

Scenes From An Extreme Summer: ‘We’ve Never Seen Anything Like This Before’ 28.Aug.2012 00:51

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The 12-month period from August 2011 to July 2012 was the hottest ever recorded for the U.S. So far this year, more than 27,000 high temperature records have been broken or tied — beating cold temperature records by 10 to 1. All the while, the U.S. has faced a barrage of record-breaking wildfires, powerful storms, and an historic drought that covers the majority of the country.
"You look out the window and you see climate change in action," said Kevin Trenberth, a scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in an interview this summer. Below are some ways that these extremes have manifested themselves around the country.
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MARION, Ohio — Driving down the long, flat road in rural Ohio, I can see a grey mist rising above the soybean fields from three miles away.
But I know it's not mist, it's smoke.
I pull up to the field and get out of the car, sucking in the acrid smoke rising from the ground. It smells like burning plastic. Most of the vegetation has burned away and the ground is sinking in on itself. Black, cratered, and smoldering, the field looks like someone had just peppered it with heavy artillery.
A fire truck pulls up behind my vehicle and three men get out.
"What do you think about all of this?" asks Clint Canterbury, chief of the First Consolidated Fire District.
"What do you think about all of this?" I respond.
"I know it's causing us a lot of headaches," says Canterbury.
We are standing on the edge of a 15-acre underground fire that Canterbury's team of firefighters hasn't been able to extinguish. The field, which borders a 200-acre soybean farm, sits on top of a deep deposit of spongy peat, also known as "muskego muck."
In late May, as temperatures rose into the 90's - nearing record highs for the region at that time of year - Canterbury's department got a call about a field fire. But after trying to put it out, they soon realized the fire was spreading underground, "burning layers off, sinking down, burning more layers, and causing new spots to pop up," says Canterbury.
The lack of snow over the winter combined with the spring and summer heat waves dried out the muck, making it susceptible to burning. And when the local fire department found no evidence of a man-made fire, they concluded that it was spontaneous combustion.
"I've talked to a lot of old farmers and they say 'we've never seen anything like this before,'" says Canterbury.
As summer unfolded, temperatures continued to rise, and little rain came, the problem just got worse. The fire is now burning five feet below ground at temperatures of up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, feeding the dried sediment and sending a constant stream of acrid smoke into the air, day and night.
According to Canterbury, a boy across the street with asthma has had breathing problems because of the smoke.
"The smoke just lingers here. You can see it for miles and miles. We believe this could go on well into the winter — and if we don't get much snow like last year, this could likely burn for years," he says.



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Ding, Ding, Ding, We Have A Winnah 28.Aug.2012 08:23

Robbie

The only plausible explanation for global warming is human activity. (The winner of the stupid statement of the year award)

The lead sentence in the article is a blatant lie and proof of the stupidity of the author.

The sun, the sun, the sun. Repeat after me, the sun, the sun, the sun.

Take away the sun and all the human activity in the world will not change the climate enough to heat a cup of coffee. The sun, in its seasons, waxes and wanes, and the earth heats and cools.

‘It’s the sun, stupid’–Very bright, yes, but not getting brighter 06.Sep.2012 02:50

Coby Beck

Objection: The sun is the source of warmth on earth. Any increase in temperature is likely due to changes in solar radiation.

Answer: It's true that the earth is warmed, for all practical purposes, entirely by solar radiation, so if the temperature is going up or down, the sun is a reasonable place to seek the cause.

Turns out it's more complicated than one might think to detect and measure changes in the amount or type of sunshine reaching the earth. Detectors on the ground are susceptible to all kinds of interference from the atmosphere — after all, one cloud passing overhead can cause a shiver on an otherwise warm day, but not because the sun itself changed. The best way to detect changes in the output of the sun — versus changes in the radiation reaching the earth's surface through clouds, smoke, dust, or pollution — is by taking readings from space.

This is a job for satellites. According to PMOD at the World Radiation Center there has been no increase in solar irradiance since at least 1978, when satellite observations began. This means that for the last thirty years, while the temperature has been rising fastest, the sun has not changed.

There has been work done reconstructing the solar irradiance record over the last century, before satellites were available. According to the Max Planck Institute, where this work is being done, there has been no increase in solar irradiance since around 1940. This reconstruction does show an increase in the first part of the 20th century, which coincides with the warming from around 1900 until the 1940s. It's not enough to explain all the warming from those years, but it is responsible for a large portion. See this chart of observed temperature, modeled temperature, and variations in the major forcings that contributed to 20th century climate.

 http://grist.org/climate-energy/its-the-sun-stupid/

 http://grist.org/series/skeptics/