New scientific data shows that not only is the Arctic warming, but human-caused air pollution is cancelling out a natrual trend that would otherwise have the Arctic cooling. The Arctic is the warmest it's been in 2000 years. That's despite a natural wobble in the earth's solar orbit that should be causing the Arctic to grow colder. The earth is now over 600,000 miles further from the Sun than it was 2000 years ago. Nature trumped by human activity.
The research indicates the natural trend of the earth away from the sun was actually causing cooler temps, until recent decades when greenhouse emissions really started to kick in.The researchers estimate the Arctic is now 3 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than it would be without human-induced warming. This helps explain the rapid melting of Arctic ice caps and glaciers referred to by the UN Secretary General early Thursday in a Geneva speech.
Now, we get to await the newest argument from global warming deniers telling us not to panic and to ignore data and scientific theory. It's alright, Jack, Gaia's got us covered? Or maybe the ice really isn't melting and man never landed on the moon?
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This verbiage will now be attached to any blog I do about global warming. It’s amazing to me that somebody who can apparently read and then post comments still wonders in public why global warming matters on a technology web site. But I am naive, always assuming everybody’s paying attention.
It’s because of money. If global warming has enough acceptance among corporations, the public and even pols, there will be more money spent on green tech, wisely or unwisely. If oil prices stay low and most people don’t care a fig about global warming, green tech will have a difficult time succeeding, regardless of its merits. Not every good idea succeeds. VCs usually invest where they think there’s best chance for a good return. In greentech as in any tech the winners will often be determined by luck, brilliance, timing, happenstance and even marketing. Behind it all will be the money and behind that: whether the evidence for global warming and curtailing pollution drive action or is written off as claptrap.