22 July 2007

The story continues here

In this post we will revisit some earlier posts where new information has been reported.

Following up on Climate impacts in China...Tibet is apparently doing it tough, with a warming rate 10 times as great as China as a whole.

The average annual temperature in Tibet, the roof of the world, was rising at a speed of 0.3 degrees Celsius every 10 years, Xinhua said.

In a follow-up of Glacier follow-up, multiple sources reported the following story on the impact of melting glaciers on sea-level rise.

The rapid melt of small glaciers and mountain ice caps will be the main source of sea level rise over the next century, according to a new study.

There have also been two items related to the Coral Controversy. The first is that near-misses by hurricanes appear to reduce the threat of coral bleaching from warm water.

...[A]ll hurricanes and tropical storms that passed within about 450 miles [~720 km] of the reefs caused surface-water cooling, with the greatest effect — a drop in average temperatures of as much as 5.5 degrees Fahrenheit [~3.3 C] — from storms that passed within 250 miles [~400 km].

The second is an skeptical (and vitriolic) op-ed piece about the impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef and indeed, the whole idea of global warming.

So why have we been swindled into believing this almost pristine system is just about to roll over and die when it shows so few signs of stress. There are many reasons and processes that have caused this and some of them are the same as why we should all be more than a little sceptical about the hypothesis that CO2 is causing global warming.

The first reason is that there is some very bad science around. Second, a mainly biological oriented scientific community seems to take little heed of the geological history of corals...

If it is part of the natural cycle, then why is it happening more frequently at this point in time? It's not the sun and it's not cosmic rays. It's the CO2. Its not pleasant to think about, but humans did it. Accept it, and let's move on to practical solutions for mitigation and adaptation. No more denial.

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