Global Thaw

Mid-March

Minnesota

Gentle rain

Global thaw

Mid-March

Madness

This morning it was hot enough to fry and egg on the pavement… in Minnesota.

Anyone else think the absense of climate change/global warming/global thawing from the national spotlight on the way to a national election is madness?

Just asking.

10 thoughts on “Global Thaw

  1. We have 600,000 yrs. of data from ice cores so we know that the CO2 levels are the highest since 600,000 yrs. ago & only due to human activity especially in the last 300 yrs. of the industrial revolution. What people don’t realize is CO2 is trapped only in the bottom 35,000 ft. of the atmosphere called the troposphere. That is the horizontal distance from the Eden Prairie Mall to I-35 in Bloomington, i.e 7 mi. The concentration of CO2 in that 7 mile space has reached 390 p/m & climbing. We know the temp. rise is due to that because above the troposphere it is remaining cool. The CO2 stays in the troposphere preventing the infrared heat waves from escaping back into space at night so the next day it doesn’t take as long to warm the lower atmosphere. That’s why we are setting records for overnight high lows as well as daytime highs.

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  2. I agree with John Littlehale that people, and how they are treated/cared for by others, is really the central issue of the climate change discussion. Within a reasonable time span, there is nothing we can do about a changing climate – either pro or con; However, human beings around the world will be seriously affected by our choices and politically motivated fixes or hesitations.

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  3. Let’s put the climate discussion into terms that humans find a bit more understandable. If all 6,000 years of recorded human history is set as a factor of 1X then we can begin to think as follows:

    4X (+ or –) is about the shortest span we can expect for our current (presumed) global warming episode .
    20X (+ or –) is probably the upper limit of our presumed global warming episode.
    1/6X (+ or -) is the presumed time required to return to historical norms if all carbon dioxide and methane emissions ceased immediately.
    1/6X (+ or -) is the presumed time before the first truly noticeable effects settle in seriously.

    According to NASA, NOAA and LANL, the present climate (for roughly the next 1,000 years or so) will be highly variable with extremes at the upper end of the range increasing in frequency until the planet settles into a serious global climate warming episode the magnitude of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM).

    Data currently is sparse and has a short history. Politically, it would appear to be a reasonable gamble at this time (that would be impossible to prove wrong) to deny Global Climate Change as a serious concern. Considering the magnitude and expected duration of the problem, the Republican Party may well believe that we will all be “ancient history” before things begin to get noticeably bad. Democrats should also be wary of assuming that they are able to encourage rapid and “reasonable” fixes within the short term.

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  4. Let’s put the climate discussion into terms that humans find a bit more understandable. If all 6,000 years of recorded human history is set as a factor of 1X then we can begin to think as follows:

    4X (+ or –) is about the shortest span we can expect for our current (presumed) global warming episode .
    20X (+ or –) is probably the upper limit of our presumed global warming episode.
    1/6X (+ or -) is the presumed time required to return to historical norms if all carbon dioxide and methane emissions ceased immediately.
    1/6X (+ or -) is the presumed time before the first truly noticeable effects settle in seriously.

    According to NASA, NOAA and LANL, the present climate (for roughly the next 1,000 years or so) will be highly variable with extremes at the upper end of the range increasing in frequency until the planet settles into a serious global climate warming episode- the magnitude of the Paleocene/Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM).

    Data at this time is sparse and of short duration. Politically, it would appear to be a reasonable gamble at this time (that would be impossible to prove wrong) to deny Global Climate Change as a serious concern. Considering the magnitude and expected duration of the problem, the Republican Party may well believe that we will all be “ancient history” before things begin to get noticeably bad. Democrats should also be wary of assuming that they are able to encourage rapid and “reasonable” fixes within the short term.

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  5. Remember weather is not climate, if you are in the Arctic, sea ice is the highest it has been in all but one year in the past 10, if you are in the Antarctic, sea ice continues to trend and has for years trended well above the 10 year average, Alaska suffered through its coldest winter in years and the Northwest was deluged with snow. There has been no appreciable change in global temps over the past 10 years, somehow the climate models did not predict this. I want you to imagine the cost to the poor of this misguided effort to control CO2.

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    • Hi John, I understand that weather is not climate and that aberrations happen all the time. But to have the ice gone in Minnesota lakes by mid-March, and to be sitting outside in shorsleeves with trees budding are facts that should not go unnoticed. My eyes and ears tell me something is not right here. This is not “normal” in any way. My eyes don’t do science. They just see stuff and ask questions. And when I see so many other dots around the world, I have to ask: Why is there such deafening silence?

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