What You Deserve To Know About Global Warming Since publication in the past year of the role of human

-sourced carbon dioxide in warming our atmosphere by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, producing any evidence, hypothesis or public suggestion that humans are not directly and almost totally responsible for the warming of our planet qualifies as heresy. A few respected scientists and older climatologists have taken that risk and suffered the assaults that came with it. Climate change, they note, has taken place naturally since our species began. Temperature cycles up and down naturally for reasons as yet unclear to climatologists, though many have hypotheses. Many have computer programs that predict disaster from climate change in the future, but few have decent ones that explain the climate roller coaster of the past. Arctic polar bears will tell you (if you ask courteously) that less ice and for shorter periods of time over the Arctic Ocean and associated waterways has made their fishing for seals at their breathing holes in the ice very difficult. Less ice means less food. Some zoologists predict that the polar bear may go extinct within 50 years as a result. Spectacular video footage has been shot in Antarctica of ice shelves calving off unexpectedly to join the Southern Sea. A Canadian owned ship went down recently after striking an iceberg, though all crew and passengers were rescued. What we may find little evidence of is research showing that the total mass of ice in Antarctica has not decreased over recent decades. Regrettably, I lost track of that research myself, though I read it within the past few months. The most important truth about global warming is that we can't trust any one source. We would expect that NASA, with its satellites that scan the world constantly with sophisticated equipment would put out the most convincing evidence. NASA did put out evidence that the planet warmed over the past century. It said that 1998 was the hottest year on record in the US and years surrounding it were nearly as hot. Canadian Blogger Stephen McIntyre thought there might be

something wrong with NASA's figures showing a jump around 1999, so he took out his calculator to check them. NASA has subsequently admitted that 1938 was the hottest year on record in the US (with 1998 in second place) and that five of the ten hottest years on record in the US predated 1939. Climatologists at NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Science (GISS) in New York, McIntyre discovered, skewed temperature figures for every year since 1999 by 0.15 Celsius degrees, making each of those years seem just a bit hotter than they really were. NASA has adjusted its records accordingly, but you don't hear much about that. http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2007/08/17/technasatemp070817.html We hear about the possibility of millions of people dying of starvation in the Middle East and Africa in coming years if something isn't done to hold back CO2 .

What we hear almost nothing about is the fact that the Middle East and the Sahara were at one time Gardens of Eden and they desertified long before humans launched the Industrial Revolution.http://billallin.com Journalists remind us that in August of 2003 some 3,500 people died in Paris alone from excess heat. In England and Wales the total was around 35,000. What we hear little about is that around 25,000 people die in England and Wales each year from excess cold in winter. That's every year. In fact, the winters from 1998 to 2000 saw about 47,000 deaths from cold each year. While the summers were excessively hot, the winters were extraordinarily cold. It's shocking to learn that some 200,000 people die from excess heat across Europe every year. A figure we may not hear quoted is that about 1.5 million Europeans die of excess cold each winter. A warmer climate in Europe should mean far fewer deaths directly attributable to cold in winter. For the UK, predicted to rise in temperature by 3.6 Fahrenheit degrees, it would

mean 2,000 more deaths from heat in summer, but 20,000 fewer deaths from cold in winter. Something we would rarely hear is a discussion of how humans would adapt to a warmer climate. Our ancestors survived the ice ages and even today most deserts have colonies of people huddled around oases. Water is the critical factor, more than temperature. Air conditioning has resulted in fewer deaths from heat in summer in the US, but so has improved health care for poor people who used to be more at risk of death from extreme temperatures. Over the long term, reduction of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions must take place because we are poisoning the air we breathe. That has caused as yet uncalculated costs to health care. We can adapt to warmer temperatures. We may not be able to adapt to poisoning ourselves. We can modify our own behaviour to prevent ourselves from adding to the problem. We can do little about the enormous propaganda machine pushing the global warming juggernaut. [For further reading see economist Bjorn Lomberg's new book COOL IT: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming, Knopf, 2007] Bill Allin Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems, a book about how, what and what to teach children so they don't fall victim to propagandists and hustlers who want to twist their minds. Learn more at