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(Reuters)   100 different governments and thousands of scientists will be meeting in Japan this week to perpetuate the global warming myth   (reuters.com) divider line 77
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2014-03-23 12:37:08 PM
I'm believe after fully understanding how dire the situation is they'll walk away from this meeting with an actionable plan that will be implemented immediately...and I suspect next week McDonalds' employees will be making 15 an hour, weed will be legal, and the top tax rate will be 90%.
 
2014-03-23 01:07:30 PM
Only 40 percent of Americans and 39 percent of Chinese view climate change as a major threat, according to a Pew Research Center survey of 39 nations in 2013.

Welp, that ends that idea.
 
2014-03-23 02:16:51 PM
Its doesn't matter. Our flavor of Capitalism means we will see it to its end game and not do a damned substantive thing about it.
 
2014-03-23 02:20:20 PM
"climate change", subby. It's called climate change now.

That way the Internet Intellectuals can attribute anything to it.
 
2014-03-23 02:21:11 PM

MayoSlather: I'm believe after fully understanding how dire the situation is they'll walk away from this meeting with an actionable plan that will be implemented immediately...and I suspect next week McDonalds' employees will be making 15 an hour, weed will be legal, and the top tax rate will be 90%.


Silly liberal pining for a return to the Eisenhower Administration.
 
2014-03-23 02:26:45 PM
Wait, is Algore going to fly there in his private B-767? Wouldn't using Skype have been a nice non-CO2 heavy method of getting concerned scientists together? Is  An Inconvenient Truth II (Now It's Called Global Cooling) due out soon? WillMichael Moore direct?

/ Chinese cow farts cost less than Calf. cow farts!
// It's weather, not climate, when you experience it!
/// Global Sea levels rising, just ask those dutchmen on their dikes and Salt pond workers in SF Bay!
/V God will pay for all the CO and CO2 from Volcanoes and Forest Fires! It's organic and natural! But atheists will have to make up the difference if there is no $$$ in the bank!
V Time for a write-in campaign for Obama in '16!
 
2014-03-23 02:29:19 PM
I, for one, am enjoying the long slow slide into hell.
 
2014-03-23 02:31:38 PM
"Global warming will disrupt food supplies, slow world economic growth and may already be causing irreversible damage to nature..."
"Only 40 percent of Americans and 39 percent of Chinese view climate change as a major threat, according to a Pew Research Center survey of 39 nations in 2013."


So there is no need to panic, you won't be the one starving, wanting to breath clean air or drink clean water. You're covered.
 
2014-03-23 02:40:34 PM

sure haven't: "climate change", subby. It's called climate change now.

That way the Internet Intellectuals can attribute anything to it.


Why is it that deniers always hang their hats on easily disprovable lies?

I am not going to explain this one again but I'll give you a hint - G.W, Bush.
 
2014-03-23 02:47:19 PM

sure haven't: "climate change", subby. It's called climate change now.

That way the Internet Intellectuals can attribute anything to it.


This cold/mild/hot season is proof of climate change...unless you use it to counter my point. Then you are an unenlightened noob. And it is ok for Al Gore to not act like it is real.
 
2014-03-23 02:48:41 PM

Sgygus: I, for one, am enjoying the long slow slide into hell.


I'm almost that point of "eh fark it all, I'll be dead when the shait really hits the fan."

/sucks for my family and friends' kids tho
 
2014-03-23 03:01:46 PM
Global Climate Change is a real threat to our food supply.
The food supply is one thing the world governments can control.
 
2014-03-23 03:05:02 PM
This thread never had a chance.
So here's a random comic that I enjoy:
img.fark.net
 
2014-03-23 03:07:35 PM

Sgygus: I, for one, am enjoying the long slow slide into hell.


Said since the dawn of man in one way or another...
 
2014-03-23 03:11:17 PM
That's a little bright.

i158.photobucket.com
 
2014-03-23 03:19:08 PM
Humanity is too stupid a species to survive - I for one am grabbing the popcorn and enjoying the end for its entertainment value.
 
2014-03-23 03:24:24 PM

sure haven't: "climate change", subby. It's called climate change now.

That way the Internet Intellectuals can attribute anything to it.


Do you enjoy being a dupe of cynical shills like Frank Luntz? That notion that "climate change" is a diversionary tactic by those stupid liberals is... Well, here:

The argument "they changed the name" suggests that the term 'global warming' was previously the norm, and the widespread use of the term 'climate change' is now.  However, this is simply untrue.  For example, a seminal climate science work is Gilbert Plass' 1956 study 'The Carbon Dioxide Theory of Climatic Change' (which coincidentally estimated the climate sensitivity to a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide at 3.6°C, not far off from today's widely accepted most likely value of 3°C).  Barrett and Gast published a letter in Science in 1971 entitled simply 'Climate Change'.  The journal 'Climatic Change' was created in 1977 (and is still published today).  The IPCC was formed in 1988, and of course the 'CC' is 'climate change', not 'global warming'.  There are many, many other examples of the use of the term 'climate change' many decades ago.  There is nothing new whatsoever about the usage of the term.

Those who perpetuate the "they changed the name" myth generally suggest two reasons for the supposed terminology change.  Either because (i) the planet supposedly stopped warming, and thus the term 'global warming' is no longer accurate, or (ii) the term 'climate change' is more frightening.
The first premise is demonstrably wrong, as the first figure above shows the planet is still warming, and is still accumulating heat.  Quite simply, global warming has not stopped.

The second premise is also wrong, as demonstrated by perhaps the only individual to actually advocate changing the term from 'global warming' to 'climate change', Republican political strategist Frank Luntz in a controversial memo advising conservative politicians on communicating about the environment:

It's time for us to start talking about "climate change" instead of global warming and "conservation" instead of preservation.
"Climate change" is less frightening than "global warming". As one focus group participant noted, climate change "sounds like you're going from Pittsburgh to Fort Lauderdale." While global warming has catastrophic connotations attached to it, climate change suggests a more controllable and less emotional challenge.



So stuff a sock in it, you willful ignoramus. Better yet, keep spouting your manufactured drivel, so we can better recognize you as part of the problem.
 
2014-03-23 03:27:27 PM
Even Japan can't meet their emission goals since shutting down their nuclear reactors after Fukishima.

And you think China is going to stop throwing up a couple coal power plants a week?

There's no international political will to reduce emissions. The EU and US can tell China to cut down emissions but then China will rightly say the average Chinese still uses far less energy than the average American or European.

Enjoy the show.
 
2014-03-23 03:50:33 PM
It's a conspiracy of everyone against those few brave people who know better despite what evidence tells them.
 
2014-03-23 03:50:36 PM

beer4breakfast: Even Japan can't meet their emission goals since shutting down their nuclear reactors after Fukishima.

And you think China is going to stop throwing up a couple coal power plants a week?

There's no international political will to reduce emissions. The EU and US can tell China to cut down emissions but then China will rightly say the average Chinese still uses far less energy than the average American or European.


Western companies (including US of course) sell the coal coke to China because the West has regulations against using it here. It's extremely unlikely to ever happen, but we could have some influence by stopping those exports. China probably wouldn't be too happy about that, though.
 
2014-03-23 03:55:06 PM

a particular individual: sure haven't: "climate change", subby. It's called climate change now.

That way the Internet Intellectuals can attribute anything to it.

Do you enjoy being a dupe of cynical shills like Frank Luntz? That notion that "climate change" is a diversionary tactic by those stupid liberals is... Well, here:

The argument "they changed the name" suggests that the term 'global warming' was previously the norm, and the widespread use of the term 'climate change' is now.  However, this is simply untrue.  For example, a seminal climate science work is Gilbert Plass' 1956 study 'The Carbon Dioxide Theory of Climatic Change' (which coincidentally estimated the climate sensitivity to a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide at 3.6°C, not far off from today's widely accepted most likely value of 3°C).  Barrett and Gast published a letter in Science in 1971 entitled simply 'Climate Change'.  The journal 'Climatic Change' was created in 1977 (and is still published today).  The IPCC was formed in 1988, and of course the 'CC' is 'climate change', not 'global warming'.  There are many, many other examples of the use of the term 'climate change' many decades ago.  There is nothing new whatsoever about the usage of the term.

Those who perpetuate the "they changed the name" myth generally suggest two reasons for the supposed terminology change.  Either because (i) the planet supposedly stopped warming, and thus the term 'global warming' is no longer accurate, or (ii) the term 'climate change' is more frightening.
The first premise is demonstrably wrong, as the first figure above shows the planet is still warming, and is still accumulating heat.  Quite simply, global warming has not stopped.

The second premise is also wrong, as demonstrated by perhaps the only individual to actually advocate changing the term from 'global warming' to 'climate change', Republican political strategist Frank Luntz in a controversial memo advising conservative politicians on communicating about the environm ...


Heh, of course he isn't going to believe it.  We hear about the "consensus" and the "settled science", yet they couldn't predict the "pause" that we keep hearing about.  And those polar ice caps that were supposed to disappear years ago have done anything but.  Oh, and who can forget that "weather isn't climate", except when it supports climate change (if that is even the case, since there seems to be little agreement on whether we will have more extreme weather events or less).

Face it, the climate is far more complex than we believe it to be, and most of the "science" around it (as though science is simply the truth, not the search for the truth) is really just an attempt at branding that the data doesn't back up.

But whatever you or any others who buy into it want to think, doesn't bug me. I'll be just fine with you taking this as a troll if you don't want to open up your mind to information that falls outside of your world view.
 
2014-03-23 03:55:14 PM
"Climate lasts all the time and weather only a few days."  - Mark Twain quoting an unknown child
 
2014-03-23 03:59:18 PM

God-is-a-Taco: This thread never had a chance.
So here's a random comic that I enjoy:
[img.fark.net image 750x750]


Your comic is stupid, the direction of the finger makes no sense.
 
2014-03-23 04:07:15 PM

06Wahoo: Face it, the climate is far more complex than we believe it to be, and most of the "science" around it (as though science is simply the truth, not the search for the truth) is really just an attempt at branding that the data doesn't back up.


Dunning Kruger at its finest. You don't understand the science so it must be wrong.
 
2014-03-23 04:24:33 PM
I'm going to watch it on my big-screen tv. I'll also be running my ac full blast, as my tv gets pretty hot.
 
2014-03-23 04:40:06 PM
They will be sitting around navel gazing and conspiring how to fleece America.
 
2014-03-23 04:48:15 PM
If all those dire effects come to pass, won't that decimate the world population, and wouldn't that be a good thing? Everything that's bad for the environment is due to humans, so the fewer of us the better.
 
2014-03-23 04:58:00 PM
100 different governments

Looking at the work that they've done on copyright and free trade, I think it's safe to assume that whatever they do, it'll be bad for you and me.
 
2014-03-23 05:00:22 PM

jjorsett: If all those dire effects come to pass, won't that decimate the world population, and wouldn't that be a good thing? Everything that's bad for the environment is due to humans, so the fewer of us the better.


OR, God forbid, some super bug accidentally escapes some lab somewhere and, OOOPSIES, 5 billion dead in a pandemic. so sorry. It'll be bad but look on the bright side. Climate change and man made global warming will be cured!!

The ends justify the means, right?
 
2014-03-23 05:06:52 PM

jjorsett: If all those dire effects come to pass, won't that decimate the world population, and wouldn't that be a good thing? Everything that's bad for the environment is due to humans, so the fewer of us the better.


Most people aren't bothered by global warming because of what it will do to the planet, but in fact most people are bothered because of what knock on effects that will have on humans. So no, billions of people starving to death because of global warming isn't what everyone standing up and saying "let's do something about global warming before it's too late", wants.
 
2014-03-23 05:11:32 PM
climatesanity.files.wordpress.com
Deniers really are missing the point, I'll be glad when some small pox gets loose and kills those unvaccinated dicks off finally once and for all.
 
2014-03-23 05:34:39 PM

Slaxl: jjorsett: If all those dire effects come to pass, won't that decimate the world population, and wouldn't that be a good thing? Everything that's bad for the environment is due to humans, so the fewer of us the better.

Most people aren't bothered by global warming because of what it will do to the planet, but in fact most people are bothered because of what knock on effects that will have on humans. So no, billions of people starving to death because of global warming isn't what everyone standing up and saying "let's do something about global warming before it's too late", wants.


I dunno. They have been selling it's all caused by humans. There's only one way to reduce modern civilization's effects on the climate, reduce the world human population. It's not a climate problem, it's a biology problem if you want to actually distill the message.
 
2014-03-23 05:59:46 PM
Global climate change a.k.a. seasons.
 
2014-03-23 06:02:14 PM

Spare Me: I dunno. They have been selling it's all caused by humans. There's only one way to reduce modern civilization's effects on the climate, reduce the world human population. It's not a climate problem, it's a biology problem if you want to actually distill the message.


The science says that humans have pushed the GHG levels out of balance. That's the thing about science, it is still true even if you don't believe it.

The "only way" you describe is just concentrated stupidity. Nobody sane is recommending that. There are plenty of proposals that will have a positive effect without mass death ... sorry to burst your psychotic bubble.
 
2014-03-23 06:03:30 PM

ReverendJynxed: Global climate change a.k.a. seasons.


Seasons are part of climate. Your ignorance is showing.
 
2014-03-23 06:04:18 PM

Spare Me: Slaxl: jjorsett: If all those dire effects come to pass, won't that decimate the world population, and wouldn't that be a good thing? Everything that's bad for the environment is due to humans, so the fewer of us the better.

Most people aren't bothered by global warming because of what it will do to the planet, but in fact most people are bothered because of what knock on effects that will have on humans. So no, billions of people starving to death because of global warming isn't what everyone standing up and saying "let's do something about global warming before it's too late", wants.

I dunno. They have been selling it's all caused by humans. There's only one way to reduce modern civilization's effects on the climate, reduce the world human population. It's not a climate problem, it's a biology problem if you want to actually distill the message.


No, the challenge is to keep the planet habitable for humans. The Earth will be fine. The Earth's biology will be fine, if in for a radical shift.

No sane ecologist is arguing for a mass human extinction, although many would like to see birth rares go down.
 
2014-03-23 06:07:32 PM

Farking Canuck: Spare Me: I dunno. They have been selling it's all caused by humans. There's only one way to reduce modern civilization's effects on the climate, reduce the world human population. It's not a climate problem, it's a biology problem if you want to actually distill the message.

The science says that humans have pushed the GHG levels out of balance. That's the thing about science, it is still true even if you don't believe it.

The "only way" you describe is just concentrated stupidity. Nobody sane is recommending that. There are plenty of proposals that will have a positive effect without mass death ... sorry to burst your psychotic bubble.


Okay Einstein. How do you feed 7+ billion people without Fossil Fuels? Riddle me that.
 
2014-03-23 06:11:29 PM
Oh and keep them warm when it's cold and make clothing for them. Not to mention charging their iPhones and such. All 7+ billion without Fossil Fuels.

The short version is fine.
 
2014-03-23 06:15:18 PM

Spare Me: Oh and keep them warm when it's cold and make clothing for them. Not to mention charging their iPhones and such. All 7+ billion without Fossil Fuels.

The short version is fine.


Nuclear power.
 
2014-03-23 06:39:12 PM

AliceBToklasLives: No sane ecologist is arguing for a mass human extinction, although many would like to see birth rares go down.


That's the first baby steps. I know it sounds callous and I hate even thinking about clear logic sometimes. The best I have to offer is two words, "population bubble".

It's not Star Date 2415. We have a whole generation thinking everything is free. There has been wondrous advancements in communications over the last few decades but we don't have "replicators" to get free meals from, unlimited free energy to beam around at will or no need for money. We don't live in a time where you can laze around and scratch your butt and navel gaze.

Just my opinion.
 
2014-03-23 06:40:26 PM

AliceBToklasLives: Spare Me: Oh and keep them warm when it's cold and make clothing for them. Not to mention charging their iPhones and such. All 7+ billion without Fossil Fuels.

The short version is fine.

Nuclear power.


Environmentalists: BZZZZT No. It does make fertilizers or pesticides either (food). Oil does.
 
2014-03-23 06:43:11 PM
sorry: "doesn't"
 
2014-03-23 06:50:24 PM

Spare Me: Farking Canuck: Spare Me: I dunno. They have been selling it's all caused by humans. There's only one way to reduce modern civilization's effects on the climate, reduce the world human population. It's not a climate problem, it's a biology problem if you want to actually distill the message.

The science says that humans have pushed the GHG levels out of balance. That's the thing about science, it is still true even if you don't believe it.

The "only way" you describe is just concentrated stupidity. Nobody sane is recommending that. There are plenty of proposals that will have a positive effect without mass death ... sorry to burst your psychotic bubble.

Okay Einstein. How do you feed 7+ billion people without Fossil Fuels? Riddle me that.



Note that nobody is talking about eliminating the use of fossil fuels. Be careful you're not arguing against a straw-man here.
 
2014-03-23 06:56:19 PM

make me some tea: Only 40 percent of Americans and 39 percent of Chinese view climate change as a major threat, according to a Pew Research Center survey of 39 nations in 2013.

Welp, that ends that idea.


On the bright side, only a few percent of those people elected Obama. Or Bush. Or Clinton. Or Bush, Reagan, Carter, Nixon (nobody elected Ford).

Number of people who voted in the 2000 Presidential Election: 108 million. Votes for Bush: about 48 million, IIRC. More people voted for Al Gore, and three million voted for Ralph Nader, who is not the Bush-friendliest candidate in history. Less than 45% of one third of the US population can choose a President. Of course the game is rigged to favour conservatives, Republicans, rural ninnies, and the 1%, but hey, there is still progress despite all those hobbles placed on the system. It's like Homer Simpson dragging the Stone Cutter Stone of Triumph:  amazingly, it moves!

Ignorance, denial and stupidity are major enemies of mankind. And yet, the world turns.

One of the cards we have up our sleeves is the fact that conservatives will buy into anything once it starts making money or saving money. Some of the greenest homes in America are owned by denialists who just want hot water or AC on the cheap.

They may deny climate change but they adopt technologies because they save money and keep the lights on and the water flowing on a regal scale.

Conservatives are a constant harassing force in the rear guard of civilization, progress, science, literacy, education, intelligence and facts, but they follow along despite themselves. You can't be a rear guard if you can't keep up. They will adopt some of the new ideas and claim they were always theirs. They will quietly adopt the new technology without admitting they were ever against it. And so it goes, and so it goes.
 
2014-03-23 06:59:07 PM

Spare Me: AliceBToklasLives: Spare Me: Oh and keep them warm when it's cold and make clothing for them. Not to mention charging their iPhones and such. All 7+ billion without Fossil Fuels.

The short version is fine.

Nuclear power.

Environmentalists: BZZZZT No. It does make fertilizers or pesticides either (food). Oil does.


Well, the goal is not to eliminate the use of fossil fuels, just dramatically reduce our use of them.  Anyways, no reason why nuclear can't power everything mechanical on a farm (and MASSIVE scale is the only ecologically-friendly way to go).

As far as environmentalists are concerned, well actually I think many left-wing enviros are kinda where you are - except they think we can all have our own little farm and do everything locally.  Which might work if the world population were like 500 million or so - although it would be far more polluting than nuclear for 15 times that population..

At any rate, nuclear is far safer than almost any other kind of power, although we ought to avoid building plants in areas with histories of massive earthquakes, tsunamis and Godzilla attacks.*

Two other components are important: (1) renewables, which can help quite a bit during peak consumption times; (2) GMOs, which radically increase crop yields (but of course are also susceptible to left-wing derp).

Can we do it?  Is it enough? I don't know.  But I prefer (A) "give it a shot" to (B) "just let 6 1/2 billion die cause we're gonna fail anyway."

*yes, I know Godzilla is blowback
 
2014-03-23 07:03:41 PM

Damnhippyfreak: Note that nobody is talking about eliminating the use of fossil fuels. Be careful you're not arguing against a straw-man here.


Well..people rail against "Climate Change". The logical answer is somehow fixing the climate at a certain point. I'm sorry, but I believe it's largely a scam to fleece America and put some greater controls on us, our liberty. When you can sell that to the Chinese, the Indians, the Russians or the Mexicans (among the UN-industrialized world overall) first, I call foul. I'm not willing to downgrade America.
 
2014-03-23 07:08:23 PM

Spare Me: Damnhippyfreak: Note that nobody is talking about eliminating the use of fossil fuels. Be careful you're not arguing against a straw-man here.

Well..people rail against "Climate Change". The logical answer is somehow fixing the climate at a certain point. I'm sorry, but I believe it's largely a scam to fleece America and put some greater controls on us, our liberty. When you can sell that to the Chinese, the Indians, the Russians or the Mexicans (among the UN-industrialized world overall) first, I call foul. I'm not willing to downgrade America.


Oh, so you are anti-science. Well, we ain't gonna get out of this without good science, so you as much a part of the problem as anti-nuclear left-wingers (some of whom think global warming is a scam perpetuated by the nuclear power industry!)
 
2014-03-23 07:14:04 PM

Spare Me: Damnhippyfreak: Note that nobody is talking about eliminating the use of fossil fuels. Be careful you're not arguing against a straw-man here.


Well..people rail against "Climate Change". The logical answer is somehow fixing the climate at a certain point.


This really isn't the case. Just as nobody is talking about eliminating the use of fossil fuels, nobody is talking about somehow "fixing the climate at a certain point". Even the most optimistic plans recognize that we're already committed to a certain amount of change given extant change and from current and past emissions, and of course action on anthropogenic climate change does not somehow affect other drivers of climate. I'm sorry, but you seem to be basing your opinion here on some very poor information.


Spare Me: I'm sorry, but I believe it's largely a scam to fleece America and put some greater controls on us, our liberty. When you can sell that to the Chinese, the Indians, the Russians or the Mexicans (among the UN-industrialized world overall) first, I call foul. I'm not willing to downgrade America.


Now after the previous point this makes two very fundamental and basic misconceptions about the topic you've demonstrated in as many posts.  What you should be first asking yourself is how informed are you really are about the topic, and what are you truly basing your opinion on.  If it's your perception of a "scam" or conspiracy, you probably shouldn't be basing your view of scientific information on such.
 
2014-03-23 07:15:21 PM

Spare Me: Damnhippyfreak: Note that nobody is talking about eliminating the use of fossil fuels. Be careful you're not arguing against a straw-man here.

Well..people rail against "Climate Change". The logical answer is somehow fixing the climate at a certain point. I'm sorry, but I believe it's largely a scam to fleece America and put some greater controls on us, our liberty. When you can sell that to the Chinese, the Indians, the Russians or the Mexicans (among the UN-industrialized world overall) first, I call foul. I'm not willing to downgrade America.


So, you won't stop beating your wife until your neighbors stop beating theirs? What a fine fellow you are.
 
2014-03-23 07:31:46 PM

Spare Me: Okay Einstein. How do you feed 7+ billion people without Fossil Fuels? Riddle me that.


Nobody is suggesting removing all use of fossil fuels. Strawman argument.

Spare Me: Well..people rail against "Climate Change". The logical answer is somehow fixing the climate at a certain point. I'm sorry, but I believe it's largely a scam to fleece America and put some greater controls on us, our liberty. When you can sell that to the Chinese, the Indians, the Russians or the Mexicans (among the UN-industrialized world overall) first, I call foul. I'm not willing to downgrade America.


Please try to separate the science of AGW from the political argument of what to do about it. The science is very clear with massive amounts of evidence from many different fields all independently leading to the same conclusion: Global warming is real and man's massively increased output of CO2 is what has pushed the system out of balance (aka AGW).

As to what to do about it, that is a whole different issue. Deniers try to conflate the two so they can introduce ridiculous conspiracy theories ... like some of the ones you've mentioned. But the fact is that they are two completely different topics.
 
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