I’m sorry but I need to take issue with that.
Thanks to increased Greenhouse Gas levels, our atmosphere is capturing more infrared rays as they leave the Earth’s surface.
Just like putting on extra insulation.
Our planet’s global climate system IS warming.
What people need to realize is that we don’t live in a post card -
we live on a dynamic four dimensional planet, with all sorts of circulation patterns and interconnected feedbacks.
Scientists don’t understand it 100%, but scientists do know the climate’s anatomy pretty well as the fantastic NASA video
Earth From Space (HD) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38peWm76l-U makes clear.
It’s not the notion of Global Warming that sucks, it’s the poor explaining of it to the public that sucks.
Such as not making it clear that an incomplete Earth’s surface temperature set does not represent the temperature of the entire system.
And that it’s the temperature of the entire system that really matters for how weather systems will play themselves out.
Remember Hurricane Sandy a mere category one storm, it’s a pretty good example of how internal heat can feed and push a weather system into an extreme destructive event?
well that and…
even more important and destructive to the public’s clear understanding,
is all the malicious power-political interests that are deliberately and strategically lying to people,
with the biggest PR megaphone money can buy.
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PS. How much are we warming our planet ?
It’s all about the radiative balance.
We’re adding large amounts of a molecule that is very good at absorbing EM radiation in the wavelength that the Earth’s emits. The incoming mostly shorter wavelength EM from the sun mostly passes right through the atmosphere. some is reflected by the landsurface, ice for instance reflects about 90% of sunlight. This radiation heats the Earth’s surface which then emits longer wavelength EM because the Earth is much cooler than the sun.
The end result is there’s more energy coming in than is going out and the entire system has to heat up to bring itself back into balance. So the overall global system is warming, but it’s not doing so evenly, and most of the new energy is ending up in the oceans. It’s equivalent to about 400,000 Hiroshima sized nuclear bombs a day, every day right now.
This also works out to about 7,409,177,820,267,687 kitten sneezes a second.