The recent firestorm over “Little change in global drought over the past 60 years” has inspired me to compile the following collection
of links to recent articles since they examine a recent paper that “obfuscationists” are trumpeting as more proof that global warming is nothing to be concerned about.
The paper being:
“Little change in global drought over the past 60 years”
Justin Sheffield, Eric F. Wood & Michael L. Roderick
Nature 491, 435–438 (15 November 2012) doi:10.1038/nature11575
Worth reading reviews and explanations of this study can be found at:
by John Nielsen-Gammon
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Tree rings and Drought Indices
by Kevin Anchukaitis
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Drought area changed little over recent decades
by Freya Roberts
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Climate Change Is Already Worsening Droughts In Many Ways: Nature Gets It Wrong–And Right
by Joe Romm
But, I do want to share these thoughts:
The thing that frustrates me the worst is how well the denialist camp manages to get everyone to focus on minute details.
All intended to keep us from learning to appreciate what we do know. Our weather is the product of our planet’s climate.
GHGs are a central component of that global heat distribution engine. GHGs ARE sequestering more heat.
Anthropogenic global warming will manifest itself in many ways, many of which we don’t fully understand.
But, the fact that we don’t fully understand every aspect has nothing to do with the fact of the warming.
So when will we freak’n stop arguing about the veracity of scientific consensus of the reality of
what our fossil fuel burning has done to our atmosphere and get on with getting real about dealing with it?
PS. uncertainty does not equal not knowing