o Three Views on Global Climate Warming: (National Public Radio, Morning edition)
---§ Richard Alley (Penn State University Glaciologist): Ice cores show that global climate warming is real. “In a way we were scared silly because I think we knew this said the world is not as easy, not as predictable, as we hoped that it is.”
---§ John Christy (University of Alabama Climatologist): Global climate warming isn’t a problem worth worrying about. “If dealing with [climate change] causes wealthy countries to lose wealth because of higher costs for energy, then the Third World would find itself in worse shape.”
---§ Wallace Broecker (Columbia University Oceanographer): Advocates a far-out scheme to slow global climate warming: “We’re playing with the whole planet, dammit, just to get energy for a hundred years.”
o Ice ages linked to galactic position, as for example, when our solar system passes through a spiral arm, cosmic rays fall to Earth, forming large droplets of water vapor, thus, cooling the atmosphere.
o Kyoto Pact—Much Ado About Nothing: In a Philadelphia Church of God publication, the title says it all, and further that the treaty is unworkable.
o Methane’s Effect On Climate Change May Be Twice Previous Estimates: The concentration of methane in the atmosphere can be misleading as it is a reactive gas, and, unlike carbon dioxide, which is unreactive, has a much greater effect on global climate than would be expected by after the fact measurements.
o RTD info bores into polar research ice cores show that global climate warming most definitely is occurring
o Newsmaker interview with Fred Singer, aka the godfather of global warming denial: Global climate warming is not occurring and that the sea level has been rising for 18,000 years by about 400 feet and is continuing to increase at a uniform rate of 8 inches per century.
o Global warming – Time to act on climate change is now: U.S. President George W. Bush takes his cue from industry and refuses to admit mankind is entering a new and dangerous era as global temperature is fuelled by man-made greenhouse gasses. Yet, the impacts are already being felt, and it would be foolish of the Irish Government to ignore the advice of its own marine experts.
To tally: one against global climate change, two for; our climate is cooling; the Kyoto pact is a waste of time; methane could be more serious than we thought; yes, it is occurring; nope, it is not occurring; and yes, and we need to act now. So in the mid-summer of 2006, 2007 and 2008 I typed the same into Google box and got all—twenty out of twenty each year—concerned about the seriousness of global warming. What a dramatic change in so short a period! In Part 7 we will go back in time to illuminate what has happened only recently regarding public attitudes toward global climate warming.