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Global Warming News and Analysis: February 2006

Saturday, February 11, 2006


Freakishly warm in the Midwest for over a month

here is an excerpt from Paul Kocin's blog titled: "Dead as the Dinosaurs"

'Since December 22, the first full day of winter, Bismarck has recorded 36 consecutive days of above-normal temperatures. Of those 36 days, only 2 days have averaged less than 10 degrees above normal. Eleven of those 36 days have averaged more than 20 degrees above normal and the entire period has averaged nearly 18 degrees above normal! What is really unique about this period is its unyielding persistence. Not one of those 36 days was even close to average, let alone legitimately "cold"!'

The full article can be found here: http://www.weather.com/blog/weather/8_8618.html

Thursday, February 02, 2006


Featured link of the day

http://www.fromthewilderness.com/ - lots of global warming news stories. I wasn't looking for them, I was googling "Crossing The Rubicon" and the first page that was returned had a bunch of global warming news stories.

Here is just one of the news stories from the above site:


Michael C. Ruppert

© Copyright 2006, From The Wilderness Publications, www.fromthewilderness.com. All Rights Reserved. May be reprinted, distributed or posted on an Internet web site for non-profit purposes only.

February 1, 2006 0900 PST (FTW) -- The following passage appeared on the New York Times’ “World Briefing” web page yesterday.

Had not the London subway bombings taken place last July 7th the top headline for the day might have been “Blair Breaks With Bush Over Global Warming at G8”. That’s what happened that day but we never got to hear that in the news. For almost a full year British papers and other media have been screaming about the imminent danger of global warming and climate collapse. It is just amazing to see something so important in Britain and so significant for all of us buried like this in the American press. It’s like the American media believes that we live on some other planet. Britain knows where it is situated and it is already in deep water.

Now this:

BRITAIN: BLAIR WARNING ON CLIMATE CHANGE The threat posed by climate change may be "greater than we thought," and global warming from the emission of greenhouse gases, is advancing at a "rate that is unsustainable," Prime Minister Tony Blair said in a new report based on government-sponsored research. The report, Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change, warned that the huge West Antarctic ice sheet might be starting to disintegrate, an event that could raise sea levels by 16 feet. A previous report played down worries about the ice sheet's stability and characterized it as a "slumbering giant." The new report says, "It is now an awakened giant," adding, "There is real concern." (AP)

Wednesday, February 01, 2006


Great Barrier Reef Endangered by Global Warming

CANBERRA, Australia (UPI) -- Australia`s ongoing hot summer season is reportedly inflicting great harm to the Great Barrier Reef.

University of Queensland scientists say they are concerned the entire reef may be at risk of destruction from global warming.

Coral reef expert Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. he is praying for two months of cyclonic stormy weather to stir up colder deeper water -- the only thing that will save the coral.

Hoegh-Guldberg is convinced global warming is to blame for placing the reef in danger.

'No one with any credibility in this field is doubting that we`re seeing the first signs of a major change in an ecosystem due to climate change,' he told the ABC.

'It simply underscores the absolutely critical importance of getting global greenhouse emissions under control because we could end up with a world where we don`t have the Great Barrier Reef -- that would be an absolute tragedy.'

The Great Barrier Reef, the largest natural feature on Earth, stretches more than 1,400 miles along the northeastern coast of Australia, covering more than 186,000 square miles. The reef is visited by more than 2 million tourists annually.

Link: http://science.monstersandcritics.com/news/article_1093722.php/Scientists_Great_Barrier_Reef_in_danger


Global Warming by The Numbers

Rank of 2005 as hottest year on record
(tied with 1998), according to NASA: 1

Increase in intensity and duration
of hurricanes and tropical storms
since the 1970's, according to a 2005 MIT study: 100%

Estimate of damage caused by
hurricanes hitting the U.S. coast in
2005 alone, according to the National Climatic Data Center: $100 Billion

Year by which Glacier National Park will have no glaciers left, according to the U.S. Geological Survey predictions: 2030

Square miles of Arctic sea ice that have melted
in the last 30 years (roughly the size of Texas), threatening polar bear habitats and further accelerating global warming worldwide, according to the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment: 400,000

Amount of plant and animal species that global warming could wipe out by 2050: 15-37%

Rank of the United States as a global warming polluter
compared to other large nations: 1

Number of former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency leaders who say the U.S. is not doing enough to fight global warming: 6

Number of bills passed by Congress to cut global
warming pollution: 0

Number of times President Bush has mentioned the words "global warming," or "climate change" in previous State of the Union addresses: 0

Sources: NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2005 Study, Nature Magazine January 2004, National Climatic Data Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Arctic Climate Impact Assessment.

Link: http://www.environmentaldefense.org/article.cfm?contentID=4981

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