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... WHY DO WE HAVE A PAGE ON CLIMATE / GLOBAL WARMING AND C02 ?
As we attend more and more public exhibitions and talk to people we find that general understanding of some of these terms and what they mean is not at all clearly understood. We think it's very important for everyone to look at this issue and seek out information This page is a simply a starting point - go and look for all the information you can find
This page is here to give the following
Some simple accurate scientific definitions about the meaning of various terms
llustrate the differing views about the causes of Global Warming
An explanation of the relationship of global warming theories to the development of Wind Power
An explanation a Carbon Offset Scheme
At the foot of this page you can download
An article by Ed Hoskins MA(Cantab) RIBA BDS (London) Title: Some Questions about Man made Climate Change-Where is the due diligence?
A speech by Christopher Booker given to MPs and others at Westminster in October 2010
... WHAT IS THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT
.. FACT: The Greenhouse Effect is essential for Life on Earth as we know it. It is a natural occurrence that maintains Earth's average temperature at approximately 60 degrees Fahrenheit. If the earth's atmosphere did not create this effect the Earth would simply freeze over and life would be difficult and likely impossible to sustain. Here is a simple diagram that illustrates the process. Without this effect the Earth would become an 'Ice Planet' So to be clear-the greenhouse effect is ESSENTIAL to life on this planet-this is a FACT This is not in disputeirrespective of the varying views on the reasons for global warming
GREENHOUSE GASES (as illustrated above)
Greenhouse gases are gases in an atmosphere that absorb and emit radiation within the thermal infrared range. This process is the fundamental cause of the greenhouse effect. Greenhouse gases are essential to the greenhouse effect without which there could be no life on earth as we know it.
The main greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere are Nitrogen 78% Oxygen 21% That's a total of 99% While both of these gases play important roles in processes that support life in the planet, they have almost no direct role in regulating the climate This role belongs to the remaining 1% made up of water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide,ozone and halocarbons. Carbon Dioxide or C02is not a Pollutant We'll repeat this for the sake of absolute clarity-CO2 is not a pollutant All scientists know CO2 is as essential to life as both oxygen and water. Carbon dioxide is omnipresent and absolutely essential to plant growth. In growing, plants breathe in carbon dioxide, use the carbon portion to build their structure (biomass), and exhale oxygen and water vapor. In turn, animals breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, and carbon dioxide's "circle of life" continues. This is a FACT
Despite this FACT, the USA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared that carbon dioxide is a pollutant.EPA's declaration of carbon dioxide (CO2) as a pollutant makes every animate being on earth not the least of which are humans, a long-term polluter.
What % of Greenhouse Effect of these 1% of Greenhouse Gases is caused by Human Activity About 0.28%, if water vapor is
taken into account-- About 5.53%, if not. Source
GLOBAL WARMING and CLIMATE CHANGE
The Earth goes through periods of both warming and cooling-this is a FACT Global climate cycles of warming and cooling have been a natural phenomena for hundreds of thousands of years. It is unlikely that these cycles of dramatic climate change will stop anytime soon. Global warming began 18,000 years ago as the earth started warming its way out of the Pleistocene Ice Age, a time when much of North America, Europe, and Asia lay buried under great sheets of glacial ice. Climate has always been in a state of change-it is never static
WHAT THEN CAUSES GLOBAL WARMING?
Mankind (including scientists) believe a variety of things about the causes of global warming Contrary to what you may read elsewhere there is no such thing as a common consensus on this issue
Currently people believe (broadly speaking) 1 of these 2 following ideas
that Global Warming is caused by rising levels of C02 and causes Climate Change that is to say that rising C02 is the driver of Climate Change
that Climate Change as a natural phenomenon causes cycles of Global Warming and Cooling that during times of Global Warming C02 levels rise as a result of a natural process
WHEN DID GLOBAL WARMING BECOME AN INTERNATIONAL POLICY ISSUE ?
A Summary of what these 2 views mean in terms of Global policies
Man Made Global Warming (referred to as Anthropogenic Global Warming or AGW) The hypothesis of man-made global warming has existed since the 1880s. Before the 1980s this hypothesis was usually regarded as a curiosity because the nineteenth century calculations indicated that mean global temperature should have risen more than 1°C by 1940, and it had not. In 1979, Mrs Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister of the UK, and elevated the hypothesis to the status of a major international policy issue. The UK set this particular ball rolling. Mrs Thatcher set up The Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research. In 1988 The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) was set up This was the beginning of the modern age 'Global Warming' scare (By contrast in the 1970s we had a 'Global Cooling' scare) The hypothesis is that man-made C02 emissions are responsible for Global Warming In 1992, Greenpeace International conducted a survey of the world's top 400 climatologists Only 113 replied. 15% thought it was probable. 32% thought it was possible.47% thought not. Source: Greenpeace International's own website archive
Alternative theories revolve around Cyclical Climate Patterns and Solar Activity for example In 1995 an International Symposium on The Greenhouse Controversy
was held at Leipzig in Germany. A declaration was made following that
conference by a number of climatologists and meteorologists and a
variety of scientists.
Here is part of their Declaration as updated in 1997 (Whole declaration HERE) ..we consider the scientific basis of the 1992 Global Climate Treaty to be
flawed and its goal to be unrealistic. The policies to implement the
Treaty are, as of now, based solely on unproven scientific theories,
imperfect computer models -- and the unsupported assumption that
catastrophic global warming follows from an increase in greenhouse
gases, requiring immediate action. We do not agree. We believe that
the dire predictions of a future warming have not been validated by the
historic climate record, which appears to be dominated by natural
fluctuations, showing both warming and cooling. These predictions are
based on nothing more than theoretical models and cannot be relied on to
construct far-reaching policies.
the debate unfolds, it has become increasingly clear that –- contrary
to the conventional wisdom -- there does not exist today a general
scientific consensus about the importance of greenhouse warming from
rising levels of carbon dioxide. In fact, most climate specialists now
agree that actual observations from both weather satellites and
balloon-borne radiosondes show no current warming whatsoever--in direct
contradiction to computer model results.
climate has always been a factor in human affairs -– with warmer
periods, such as the medieval "climate optimum," playing an important
role in economic expansion and in the welfare of nations that depend
primarily on agriculture. Colder periods have caused crop failures, and
led to famines, disease, and other documented human misery. We must,
therefore, remain sensitive to any and all human activities that could
affect future climate.
based on all the evidence available to us, we cannot subscribe to the
politically inspired world view that envisages climate catastrophes and
calls for hasty actions. For this reason, we consider the drastic
emission control policies deriving from the Kyoto conference -- lacking
credible support from the underlying science -- to be ill-advised and
A List of Signatories to this declaration can be viewed here They comprise climate scientists, atmospheric scientists, astrophysicists, meteorologists etc
TIME WILL TELL AS THE SAYING GOES WHOSE THEORY OR HYPOTHESIS IS CORRECT
Copenhagen Climate Change Climate Reality-The Long View
THE RELATIONSHIP OF WIND POWER DEVELOPMENT TO GLOBAL WARMING
The almost worldwide political acceptance of the hypothesis of AGW, has led to a variety of efforts and levels of regulation to control man-made C02 emissions; those being regarded as the main culprit. The C02 emitted by the use of fossil fuels was considered a major factor Thereby began the rush to develop what are called renewable energy sources in the belief that
Fossil Fuels are running out anyway
C02 emissions would be significantly reduced
Wind Power is the major player in the 'Renewables' Game
ANOTHER CHILD OF THE GLOBAL WARMING SCARE- CARBON OFFSET SCHEMES
In the wake of the concern over man-made Carbon Emissions, thousands of so called Carbon Offset Schemes have sprung up They basically work like this You take a return flight from London to Los Angeles You pay a Carbon Offset Scheme a sum of money to 'compensate' for your portion of the C02 Emission of the flight The money then goes ( after of course the % that it makes for whoever owns the company) to help something else, such as poorer people in the 3rd World
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE ?
It doesn't take the carbon produced by the flight in the first place back out of the atmosphere
The money you have paid may well be 'helping' farmers in India to use treadle mills (YES-Treadle Mills) to irrigate their fields rather than supplying them with solar panels or motorised pumps.Whole families in India take turns treadalling away on bamboo treadle mills. A report produced by one company who run such a scheme actually refers to this as 'A Fairy tale For All'
Not ALL Carbon Offset Schemes do this-some pant more trees for example Regardless of that-refer back to Point 1 above