Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Reference: All quiet on the global warming front, May 2008
In prior years natural calamities such as Cyclone Nargis along with the new cyclone that is forming in the Bay of Bengal in Nargis's wake as well as the drought in Spain, the worst in 60 years, would have made global warming headlines. They would have warned us that man made global warming was to blame and that therefore these weather phenomena were really man made because we use fossil fuels that emit carbon dioxide. This time around, however, the global warming alarmists have been rather quiet because over the previous year, even while human activity injected more than 7.5 gigatons of carbon into the atmosphere, the globe has not warmed. In fact it has cooled significantly. The average temperature in the six months from November 2007 through April 2008 was 14.523C compared with 14.827C for the same period one year ago. The allegedly clear causal relationship between carbon dioxide from fossil fuels and global temperature is on thin ice, so to speak. As well, we are reminded that weather calamities are natural events that happen anyway, with or without global warming.