posted at 1/8/2014 7:53 PM EST
In response to Fletcher1's comment:
Wow, a climate change debate here. With all of the usual hyperbole...
Can I throw a few facts/opinions in the ring?
1. Al Gore is an idiot. I've never liked him.
2. But humans making the case that their activities don't affect the earth, is ridiculous.
3. Individual cold fronts or heat waves passing through parts of the Earth would have no bearing at all on whether climate change theories are correct or not.
4. Ocean temperatures around the globe are unquestionably going up and the increases are pretty alarming compared to historic trends.
Define historic. We've not been recording/tracking this kind of data for long. Who's to say the temperatures don't fluctuate......over long periods (of unrecorded) time?
5. Climate change driven by changing ocean temperatures is going to make some places warmer and some places colder. Northern countries like the British Isles are predicted to become much colder if the ice caps melt and the oceans become less saline.
See my point above.
6. The amount of carbon dioxide in the air has always been linked proportionately to weather and average temperatures on Earth. CO2 in the air has been increasing rapidly for decades, mush faster than historic ups and downs.
Again, when you say historic.......you're talking about a very short time line. Who's to know whether or not these levels are a part of a normal cycle?
7. Climate change, and its possible causes will never be proven or disproven -- way too compliated and too many variables to ever isolate a cause and effect relationship. However, to blow off the warnings of thousands of scientists is just as ignorant as declaring Al Gore a God.
There are just as many "scientists" that say we're not on some apocalyptic road to climate change. I do agree though with your first statement: This is hugely complicated and the cause/effect is still uncertain. I don't think any us will live long enough to find out.
8. Go Bruins.