6. magnolia wrote:
“...2009 is shaping up to be the fifth warmest year since coordinated record keeping began in 1850, according to preliminary figures released by the Geneva-based UN organization. The final report, including December climate data, will be released in March 2010.
The new data, collected from land-based weather stations across the world, as well as by ships, buoys, and satellites, does not show a slowdown or reversal of the global warming trend, Michel Jarraud, secretary general of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), said at a press briefing.”
“Most of the world’s continents experienced above-average temperatures this year, with the exception of North America, which cooled down.”
Many other regions, including parts of South Asia, China, and Africa, experienced their highest temperatures on record. There were also a number of extreme weather events, Jarraud added, including unprecedented heat waves in India, parts of Europe, and Australia.
Australia experienced its third hottest year on record, and faced three heat waves of remarkable intensity. This included one in February, labeled Black Saturday, which encouraged 400 wildfires that swept across the state of Victoria, killing 173 people and destroying 3,500 buildings.
Other extreme weather events of 2009 included the deadliest typhoon ever known to have hit Taiwan, which left 461 people dead in August, and flooding in the West African country of Burkina Faso, which displaced 150,000.
Jarraud emphasized that temperature trends can vary over time.
“The warming is not uniform—there will still be cold winters, there will be cold summers. What we are talking about here is the trend over large areas and over long periods,” he said.
“What will happen is that the cold periods will be become less frequent and the heat waves will become more frequent and more intense.” http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/12/091208-copenhagen-climate-conference-global-warming-climategate_2.html
5., the situation is very complex with many factors in addition to co2 contributing to climate change. have you ever heard of factory farms? “...is the animal feeding operation (AFO) or concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO). By federal definition, an AFO is a facility that “congregates animals, feed, manure and urine, dead animals, and production operations on a small area of land.” The difference between an AFO and a CAFO is based in part on how many animals are involved. Both feature highly concentrated confinement areas with no pasture or grazing land.”
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“AFOs and CAFOs produce huge amounts of manure and droppings. According to information available on its Web site in 2005, the Sierra Club says that factory farms produce 2.7 trillion pounds of waste each year. Traditionally, small farms have recycled manure by spreading it on their crops for fertilizer. But this is not practical for large industrial operations. Most of them collect and store the waste in open lagoons or concrete cisterns. Runoff into streams, rivers, and lakes can kill fish and contaminate human drinking water supplies. Factory farms, particularly those raising hogs, are also considered a hazard to air quality and are notorious for their odor problems.” http://www.libraryindex.com/pages/2170/Farm-Animals-FACTORY-FARMING.html
even though i cannot stand the sierra club, i am sure if you were so inclined to investigate it, you would find the facts accurate and corroborated by other orgs.
i lean conservative and i try to stay informed; the issues are confusing and the solutions daunting. i don’t believe the libs should have the soapbox on the environment, after all do we not revere tradition? it must mean something that pope b. and patriarch bartholomew I are both tree huggers….