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Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D.

Is Man Responsible for Climate Change?

By January 10, 2010

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I live at sea level and I haven't been pushed out of my home because we're re-enacting Waterworld, so I have reservations about some of the more-dramatic statements made by scientists and politicians regarding climate change. Plus, there has been a great deal of falsified data regarding climate change and global warming, which further complicates understanding the effect of man on climate, particularly with respect to carbon emissions. Do you have an opinion regarding climate change? Here's your chance to vote in a poll saying what you think, plus you are welcome to post comments to explain your position.

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January 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm
(1) Mikey Canuck says:

You need another option: “It’s too early to tell, but certainly worth looking into. It’d be nice if we could use a little intellectual honesty in the process, because otherwise we risk being accused of ‘crying “Wolf!”‘”

January 10, 2010 at 7:46 pm
(2) chemistry says:

Good point, Mikey. Once I post a poll I can’t go back and amend it, but I agree that would have been an excellent choice to add.

January 12, 2010 at 7:52 pm
(3) hatetchainman says:

Good article girl,Its true man is the one cause of climate change,then maybe soon they realized how they affects to the climate change,i hatethem.

January 18, 2010 at 9:53 am
(4) Tek says:

Parts of Europe have just had their coldest winter for many years, some for since records began. Try are having a hard time believing it global warming, perhaps it is because that temperatures have actually been going down for the last ten years, that it now has become “climate change” instead of global warming. This really does smack of trying to have your cake and eat it at the same time.

Being older means I remember reading “New Scientist” magazine and outher journals in the early 1980s, where the big scare story was tht we were all headed for a new ice age, as we are long overdue one.

Now we have the leaked emails from “climategate” and the revelation that that the real climate data is covered by non-revelation clauses, so no-one can see it outside of a very closed group. That means no independant inspection of the data. Some have broken ranks and are publishing their data anyway, but now how can we be sure their data is not flawed, or even perhaps “massaged” after those email leaks? This is what happens when a few bad scientists do not stick to strict scientific principals. There may be only a tiny ammount of data that is unreliable, but now we have to doubt all data as we cannot tell what was purposely mis-represented and what might have been honestly drawn conclusions, but drawn from data polluted by the mis-represented figures.

It takes only one bad apple to spoil the barrel is still true today.

January 20, 2010 at 1:20 am
(5) Larry Sverdrup says:

If you add heat to a glass of water with ice, the temperature does not rise, but more ice melts. The ice on planet earth is melting and the sea levels are rising more than 1.5 millimeters per year and accelerating. Therefore the earth is warming. Human caused carbon dioxide emissions seem to correlate with recent warming. This does not prove that humans are responsible, but it places us under a great deal of suspicion.

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