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Archive for October 30th, 2008

This alert comes from CO2Science.Org

In a paper published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, four British scientists report that “agriculture accounts for 80-90% of all freshwater used by humans,” that “most of that is in crop production,” and that “in many areas, this water use is unsustainable.” As a result, they say that “farmers in many countries are now faced with legislative restrictions on use of water,” noting that the Chinese government “has set a target of a reduction of 20% in water use in agriculture by the year 2020,” such that “if food security for the region is not to be threatened, this must be achieved without a loss in production.” So how is this global food and water crisis to be met and overcome?

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Some interesting info I encountered, which I bet 95% of people are ignorant about regarding the climate change facts. This is regarding the famous Kyoto Protocol or Kyoto Treaty.

In case you aren’t up to speed about the Kyoto Protocol, from wikipedia:

The Kyoto Protocol is a protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC or FCCC), an international environmental treaty produced at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), informally known as the Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 3–14 June 1992. The treaty is intended to achieve “stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”

The treaty was negotiated in Kyoto, Japan in December 1997, opened for signature on 16 March 1998, and closed on 15 March 1999. The agreement came into force on 16 February 2005 following ratification by Russia on 18 November 2004. As of May 2008, a total of 181 countries and 1 regional economic integration organization (the EEC) have ratified the agreement (representing over 61.6% of emissions from Annex I countries).

The rather trivial bit I researched is that the Kyoto Treaty, negotiated in 1997, used 1990 as its base year for measuring increases or decreases in CO2 emissions amongst countries. This doesn’t strike a raw nerve? Well, not until you delve deeper into the facts and see why 1990 is significant. (more…)

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I love this quote:

science is not about consensus, it is about testing hypotheses

This was said by Australian geologist, Bob Carter, who recently did a presentation which examines the premises of man-made global warming against accumulated weather statistics and temperature changes on the earth in the past.

Carter’s research is very timely in an age when the subject of Global Warming is taken almost as gospel truth by many without first examining the premises and testing them for validity.

Philip Arrington in the Associated Press wrote a sober message in his article:

Does this mean that we are experiencing “global warming” in the fashion we keep hearing on the news? Throughout this article I have been using the phrase “warming phase” to describe current climate. I have proceeded carefully in this fashion to avoid using “global warming” to describe what’s currently happening. In my opinion “global warming” as it’s mostly used describes a stimulated warming condition caused by human activity in the form of greenhouse gas emissions by a mass population into our atmosphere. In reality although harmful to the condition of our atmosphere, animal / plant life, and air quality we simply can’t conclude that this is caused by human activities and not natural planetary cycles from such a short warming trend.

Going back to Bob Carter, his eye-opening presentation is below, which is an interesting view for those who want a more well-rounded appreciation of global warming:

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