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BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Earth warming faster than thought
Earth warming faster than thought
By Matt McGrath
BBC environment reporter, Copenhagen

The worst-case scenarios on climate change envisaged by the UN are already being realised, say scientists at an international meeting in Copenhagen

Evidence?

..they say there is an increasing risk of abrupt or irreversible climate shifts...
...Scientists heard that waters could rise by over a metre..
...There was also new information on how the Amazon rainforest would cope with rising temperatures. A UK Meteorological Office study concluded there would be a 75% loss of tree cover if the world warmed by three degrees for a century....

If 'ifs' and 'ans' were pots and pans, we'd have no need of tinkers...

The meeting was also addressed by Lord Stern, the economist, whose landmark review of the economics of climate change published in 2006 highlighted the severe cost to the world of doing nothing.
He now says the report underestimated the scale of the risks, and the speed at which the planet is warming.

And how fast is that My Noble Lord? Sort of not very fast at all this century? Sort of not at all since you wrote your report? If you want to use a two year data set to spread alarm then you can't complain if others actually look at it, and if you use two years data as "climate" evidence then you can't then claim it is just weather.

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“Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsiblity to bring that about?” - Maurice Strong, founder of the UN Environment Programme...

...sorry to lead off with a quote, but a Google search of Mr Strong is very informative.

I expect the hysteria will get more panic stricken and strident as the general public tires of the global warming crisis.

I think we'll look back on all this green BS as the blogosphere's finest hour...

Weasel words:

Heads I win....

(from the British Brainwashing Corporation / British Barking Corporation / Barking Brainwashing Corporation)

Oceans *are* 'soaking up *less* CO2'

The study was carried out over the course of a decade.
The amount of carbon dioxide being absorbed by the world's oceans *has* reduced, scientists have said.
University of East Anglia researchers gauged CO2 absorption through more than 90,000 measurements from merchant ships equipped with automatic instruments.

Results of their 10-year study in the North Atlantic show CO2 uptake halved between the mid-90s and 2000 to 2005.

Scientists *believe* global warming *might* get worse if the oceans soak up less of the greenhouse gas.

Researchers said the findings, published in a paper for the Journal of Geophysical Research, were surprising and worrying because there were grounds for *believing* that, in time, the ocean *might* become saturated with our emissions.

'Saturated' ocean

BBC environment analyst Roger Harrabin said: "The researchers *don't know* if the change is due to climate change or to natural variations.

"But they say it is a tremendous surprise and very worrying because there were grounds for *believing* that in time the ocean *might* become 'saturated' with our emissions - unable to soak up any more."

He said that would "leave all our emissions to warm the atmosphere".
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Watch Roger Harrabin caving in to religious-left activist, Jo Abbess:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=216v5AoQcFQ
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Tails you lose...

(from the Royal Society - a once-great British institution)

Ocean acidification due to increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide
30 Jun 2005
Ref: 12/05

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted to the atmosphere by human activities *is* being absorbed by the oceans, making them *more* acidic (lowering the pH the measure of acidity).

Evidence indicates that emissions of carbon dioxide from human activities over the past 200 years have already led to a reduction in the average pH of surface seawater of 0.1 units and *could* fall by 0.5 units by the year 2100. This pH is *probably* lower than has been experienced for hundreds of millennia and, critically, at a rate of change probably 100 times greater than at any time over this period.

[Golly!!! lower than any time in hundreds of thousands of years. Yeah, right.]

The report outlines our best understanding of the impacts of these chemical changes on the oceans. The impacts will be greater for some regions and ecosystems, and will be most severe for coral reefs and the Southern Ocean. The impacts of ocean acidification on other marine organisms and ecosystems are much less certain. We recommend a major international research effort be launched into this relatively new area of research.

We recommend that action needs to be taken now to reduce global emissions of CO2 from human activities to the atmosphere to avoid the risk of irreversible damage from ocean acidification.

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