Saturday, August 05, 2006

And the Heat IS On

I walked into my office at LA Vector Control with a National Geographic edition on Global Warning. It's an excellent overview on climate change from 2004. One of our specialists said, "You mean this recent heat wave is because of global warming? That's BS."

No it isn't, but it illustrates the layman's paradox. The average Joe thinks they're smarter than the scientists and certainly the reporters who cover it. They're the victims of fallacious thinking and propaganda as I pointed out.
Kevin E. Trenberth, chief of the climate-analysis branch of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado, said, "There are very good reasons to believe that the current U.S. heat wave is at least partly caused by global warming."
Trenberth pointed to a study published in March by the Journal of Geophysical Research that showed that for more than 70 percent of the land researchers had surveyed worldwide, the number of warm nights each year had increased and the number of cold nights had declined, between 1951 and 2003. The researchers, led by Hadley Centre scientist L.V. Alexander, concluded, "This implies a positive shift in the distribution of daily minimum temperature throughout the globe."
Boy howdy.

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