Re: Global warming skepticism
Well I'm on the ropes!
I do believe that global warming is real and will have long lasting adverse effects on this world!
But in my humble research ventures I've discovered a great many things that go way beyond our ability to understand them especially when we are all fighting for special insterests and in our own ego maniacle ways we tend to take sides instead of taking action!
We know from the fossil records and through paleo climatology, that the earth has naturally gone through it's own climate shifts and warming trends.
In addition to this it has also undergone massive Ice ages as well as mini ice ages. For the most part all of these events took place naturally without human cause or intervention!
But when we compare the data from then and now it is appearent that this time it is happening at an exponentially faster rate than ever in the past!
I have no doubt that we as humans through industry have altered mother nature's natural cycles when it comes to these warming and cooling trends!
As a thermo-dynamic engineer, I'm forced to take into consideration the amounts of particulate matter we have added to the stratosphere since the industrial revolution untill now... some things we've put into earth's atmospere will not go away for hundreds of years.
There is a difference between ozone depleaters and green house gasses.
Ozone depleters are hcfc's, cfc's and hfc's as well as congregate aerosols and halyne gasses that we have pumped into the atmo for decades. They break down the O3 content in the upper stratosphere hence causing more direct solar radiation to reach the earth's surface! Adding to a global ambient temperature rise.
Green house gasses are different, they trap heat, the 2 most popular are water vapor and carbon dioxide. These gases prevent the earth from expressing the daily solar ratio of heart that it absorbs from the sun.
In my mind there can be no doubt that global warming is real and happening as we speak.
The only question is.... ...how much is a naturally occuring event, and how much of it is our fault? And how long do we have untill we reach point critical.
Have we not already arrived?
I tend to lead toward the latter.......... we as humans are poisoning our home, mother earth, in ways our children will only be abled to know for sure!
We should stop arguing about it, and do something!
Question: Would you trade a certain percentage of your lively-hood, for the well being of your grand children's and great grand children's future?
I would without a doubt.... ...but they're are people alive in the world today who would not!
How about you?