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  • Where I live, during the peak of our summer we can normally expect a fair number of days near and above 40 degrees Celsius.
    Last summer, we didn't have one single mid-summer day 40 degrees or over. High 30's a-plenty but it never reached 40.
    Of course, weather patterns can't be really definitive over a short period. I think we should look over several decades at least.

    Nevertheless, I do find this whole topic very interesting and whatever impacts human activity may be having on our climate overall, surely those impacts can only increase with population growth, industrial growth, accelerated land clearance etc?
    To me, it seems to make good sense to take whatever reasonable measures are open to us, to manage human activity in a way that will minimize environmental impacts over the longer term.

    Can't speak for the distant future. (I hope that as a species we might eventually colonize other worlds? Call me a dreamer if you like.) However, right now, Earth is the only planet we've got. Wouldn't want to see us make too much of a mess of it, eh?

    "England expects that every man will do his duty!" (English crew members had better get ready for a tough fight against the combined French and Spanish fleets because that's what England expects! However, Scotland, Wales and Ireland appear to expect nothing so the Scottish, Welsh and Irish crew members can relax below decks if they like!)

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    • Climate Change Alarmism Is the World’s Leading Cause of Hot Gas
      ...
      Even as anti-gas tax riots raged in France this week, naturalist David Attenborough warned a crowd at a United Nations climate change summit in Poland that “the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.”

      U.N. General Assembly President Maria Espinosa told the media that “mankind” is “in danger of disappearing” if climate change is allowed to progress at its current rate.

      Speakers, who flew in to swap doomsday stories, advocated radical changes to avoid this imminent environmental apocalypse. These days, “the point of no return” is almost always in view, yet always just out of reach.

      Sorry, but by now, this rhetoric is familiar.

      You can go back to 1970, when Harvard biologist George Wald, riding a wave of popular environmental panic during the decade, estimated, “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”

      Or you can go back to 1977, when Barack Obama’s future science “czar,” John Holdren, co-authored a book with Paul R. Ehrlich predicting that global warming could lead to the deaths of 1 billion starving people by 2020. (The authors theorized, “Population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution.”)
      ...
      The problem for alarmists is that warming is now here—allegedly the cause of an untold number of disasters, small and large—yet somehow humanity slogs onward, living longer, safer, richer lives. People internalize this reality, no matter what they tell pollsters.
      ...
      Although not so big as the massive spike in climate change hysterics since 2005, there also has been a spike in fossil fuel consumption among nations that are slowly embracing the most effective poverty-killing program ever invented by man.

      And capitalism, even its worst iterations, runs best on cheap energy. This reality has produced a giant reduction in poverty, the extreme variety being cut in half around the world, according to the World Bank. The less poverty there is, the more cars we will see, and the less the U.S. and Europe can do about it.

      Fortunately, Attenborough, Gore, and the 22,000 delegates attending the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change can’t begin to contemplate the staggering number of advancements in productivity and science that await humans.

      Of course, simply because Malthusians have been completely wrong about human ingenuity and adaptability for more than 100 years doesn’t necessarily mean they are wrong now.

      On the other hand, at no point in history has a massive top-down social engineering project ever worked as intended. It’s worth noting, for example, that the 10 worst famines of the 20th century were caused not by the excesses of capitalism or by environmental disasters, but by collectivists trying to control human nature.

      Trade-offs, ignored by doomsdayers since the beginning of history, are something people intuitively understand. That’s why the fearmongering hasn’t worked and probably never will.
      ...
      https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/12/...I4aVAifQ%3D%3D
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      • The worst part, I think, for the Progressive, Leftist, environmental movement is that as ownership of a vehicle widens, the availability of cheap electricity increases, and access to communications becomes an everyday thing, the less people are going to be willing to be controlled and pigeon holed into rigid class and social structures with a top-down governmental system of the sort Socialism and the Left in general want to apply.

        Owning a vehicle gives one mobility. This means you can move further to where jobs are. You can live further from a job if you choose. It increases all your options. You don't have to live, shop, and work locally. It also means you aren't forced into dense urban living. Cheap energy means you can do more "stuff" in general. Nighttime isn't darkness and productivity doesn't end when you have cheap power. Access to telecommunications, the internet, radio, and television means you have the ability to be better informed about everything. It greatly increases your options when it comes to employment. You can now find employment thousands of miles from your current location and then move there with relative ease if you wish.

        All of that runs directly counter to Leftist dogma. The Left pushes public transit and mass transit. They push dense urban living. They want renters not owners. They want you dependent on government and not particularly well informed about other opportunities you might have. That gives them, and their sort of government, control over you and your life.

        So, to counter that, they need a crisis that can force their dogma on society. Gorebal Warming is one form of that in action. In essence, the calls for fixing Gorebal Warming are:

        Elimination of the automobile in favor of mass transit and public transit.
        Expensive (and limited) energy via wind and solar.
        Densification of urban areas and a push to "downsize" one's home.
        Putting controls on communications to reduce access to information.

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        • Originally posted by G David Bock View Post
          Climate Change Alarmism Is the World’s Leading Cause of Hot Gas
          ...
          Even as anti-gas tax riots raged in France this week, naturalist David Attenborough warned a crowd at a United Nations climate change summit in Poland that “the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.”

          U.N. General Assembly President Maria Espinosa told the media that “mankind” is “in danger of disappearing” if climate change is allowed to progress at its current rate.

          Speakers, who flew in to swap doomsday stories, advocated radical changes to avoid this imminent environmental apocalypse. These days, “the point of no return” is almost always in view, yet always just out of reach.

          Sorry, but by now, this rhetoric is familiar.

          You can go back to 1970, when Harvard biologist George Wald, riding a wave of popular environmental panic during the decade, estimated, “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”

          Or you can go back to 1977, when Barack Obama’s future science “czar,” John Holdren, co-authored a book with Paul R. Ehrlich predicting that global warming could lead to the deaths of 1 billion starving people by 2020. (The authors theorized, “Population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution.”)
          ...
          The problem for alarmists is that warming is now here—allegedly the cause of an untold number of disasters, small and large—yet somehow humanity slogs onward, living longer, safer, richer lives. People internalize this reality, no matter what they tell pollsters.
          ...
          Although not so big as the massive spike in climate change hysterics since 2005, there also has been a spike in fossil fuel consumption among nations that are slowly embracing the most effective poverty-killing program ever invented by man.

          And capitalism, even its worst iterations, runs best on cheap energy. This reality has produced a giant reduction in poverty, the extreme variety being cut in half around the world, according to the World Bank. The less poverty there is, the more cars we will see, and the less the U.S. and Europe can do about it.

          Fortunately, Attenborough, Gore, and the 22,000 delegates attending the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change can’t begin to contemplate the staggering number of advancements in productivity and science that await humans.

          Of course, simply because Malthusians have been completely wrong about human ingenuity and adaptability for more than 100 years doesn’t necessarily mean they are wrong now.

          On the other hand, at no point in history has a massive top-down social engineering project ever worked as intended. It’s worth noting, for example, that the 10 worst famines of the 20th century were caused not by the excesses of capitalism or by environmental disasters, but by collectivists trying to control human nature.

          Trade-offs, ignored by doomsdayers since the beginning of history, are something people intuitively understand. That’s why the fearmongering hasn’t worked and probably never will.
          ...
          https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/12/...I4aVAifQ%3D%3D

          If this is true then how come the world keeps on getting warmer ?
          1 2015 0.90 1.62
          2 2014 0.74 1.33
          3 2010 0.70 1.26
          4 2013 0.66 1.19
          5 2005 0.65 1.17
          6 (tie) 1998 0.63 1.13
          6 (tie) 2009 0.63 1.13
          8 2012 0.62 1.12
          9 (tie) 2003 0.61 1.10
          9 (tie) 2006 0.61 1.10
          9 (tie) 2007 0.61 1.10
          12 2002 0.60 1.08
          13 (tie) 2004 0.57 1.03
          13 (tie) 2011 0.57 1.03
          15 (tie) 2001 0.54 0.97
          15 (tie) 2008
          https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/201513
          Last edited by bill shack; Yesterday, 15:07. Reason: DID NOT INCLUDE MY SOURCES

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          • Because the climate changes naturally?

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            • This time it isn't...
              We are not now that strength which in old days
              Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
              Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
              To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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