Would you be shocked if media was wrong about global warming? Two articles below state to different thoughts..?
ARTICLE: http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/20090609/sc_mcclatchy/3249010 Scientists: Global warming has already changed oceans WASHINGTON — In Washington state , oysters in some areas haven't reproduced for four years, and preliminary evidence suggests that the increasing acidity of the ocean could be the cause. In the Gulf of Mexico , falling oxygen levels in the water have forced shrimp to migrate elsewhere. Though two marine-derived drugs, one for treating cancer and the other for pain control, are on the market and 25 others are under development, the fungus growing on seaweed, bacteria in deep sea mud and sea fans that could produce life-saving medicines are under assault from changing the ocean conditions. Researchers, scientists and Jacques Cousteau's granddaughter painted a bleak picture Tuesday of the future of oceans and the "blue economy" of the nation's coastal states. The hearing before the oceans subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee was expected to focus on how the degradation of the oceans was affecting marine businesses and coastal communities. Instead, much of the testimony focused on how the waters that cover 70 percent of the planet are already changing because of global warming. Ocean acidification or diseases that thrive in acidified, oxygen-depleted seawater could be responsible for oysters not reproducing in Washington state , said Brad Warren , who oversees the ocean health and acidification program of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership in Seattle . A federal study found that two-thirds of larval blue crabs died when exposed to acidity levels like those currently measured off the West Coast , he said. Federal studies also found acidity levels in the North Pacific and off Alaska are unusually high compared to other ocean regions. The high acidity is already taking a toll of such tiny species as pteropods, which are an important food for salmon and other fish. As greenhouse gas emissions increase, billions of tons of carbon dioxide from smokestacks and vehicle tailpipes are absorbed by the oceans. The result is carbonic acid, which dilutes the "rich soup" of calcium carbonate in the seawater that many species, especially on the low end of the food chain, thrive in, Warren said. "If we lose it, it is gone forever," Warren said of the oceans' delicate chemical balance. In the Gulf of Mexico , Alexandra Cousteau said, the runoff down the Mississippi River from farms in the Midwest has created a dead zone the size of New Jersey where few species can survive. Wetlands in Louisiana are disappearing at the rate of 33 football fields a day as hurricanes grow in strength and frequency because of climate change, she said. "We must start to realize that there can be no standalone policies, especially as they relate to our water resources," Cousteau said. "Energy, transportation, climate change, infrastructure, agriculture, urban development: this is where our ocean policy must begin. It is all interconnected." Others testified that the economic toll eventually could be enormous for fishing and other ocean-related industries and for the nation's coastal communities. Taken together, the ocean and coastal economies, including the Great Lakes , provide more than 50 million jobs and make up nearly 60 percent of the nation's economy. "Significant environmental changes, such as sea level and sea temperature rise, oxygen depletion and ocean acidification, will dramatically change the landscape, restructuring an array of natural and physical assets as well as cultural and economic," said Judith Kidlow of the National Ocean Economics Program. "Over the next 30 years, the nation will see the most significant changes in the ocean and coastal economies since the arrival of industrialization and urbanization." The subcommittee's chairman, Sen. Maria Cantwell , D- Wash. , suggested a doubling of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration budget, which is now about $4 billion , and giving the agency additional responsibilities. Cantwell, however, said the key has to be passing comprehensive climate change legislation to reduce carbon emissions. "Protecting our oceans is an environmental and economic imperative," Cantwell said VERSUS ARTICLE : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/globalwarming/4029837/Global-warming-Reasons-why-it-might-not-actually-exist.html Global warming: Reasons why it might not actually exist 2008 was the year man-made global warming was disproved, according to the Telegraph's Christopher Booker. Sceptics have long argued that there are other explanations for climate change other than man-made CO2 and here we look at some of the arguments put forward by those who believe that global warming is all a hoax. Some icebergs are melting -but not necessarily because of mankind's actions Temperatures are falling, not rising As Christopher Booker says in his review of 2008, temperatures have been dropping in a wholly unpredicted way ove
Asked By: Soundzzz Slappy - 6/9/2009
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I wouldn't be shocked if the media were wrong about global warming, but I might be shocked if they tried to say that global warming doesn't exist. I think the most likely scenario is that the global climate is changing, but that there are aspects of it that we don't understand: for example, the role and influence of... More
Answered By: crispy - 6/9/2009
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I still wouldn't take the risk. I mean, global worming makes sense. To answer your question, yes i would be surprised.
Answered By: jay j - 6/9/2009
Global warming is occurring, it is not a myth, but Global Warming is the natural cycle of the Earth, it happened during the Ice Age its bound to happen again, whether we speed it up or not it won't matter its inevitable, we might as well do whatever the hell we want.
Answered By: Mike - 6/9/2009
To a degree global warming has always existed and it is an essential process to keep the earth warm enough for us to inhabit it. People are just afraid that global warming will be exacerbated to the point where it is a huge problem. IMO I think that whether you believe in it or not people should just conserve energy... More
Answered By: Cynthia - 6/9/2009
No i wouldnt be shocked. Global warming seems like some intense propoganda sh*t to me...
Answered By: dc (spz fktn) - 6/9/2009
Global warming gurus are frustrated by the inconvenient fact that the earth's NORMAL CYCLE is trending in the exact opposite direction that would be most convenient for their agenda. How ironic.
Answered By: The Dude - 6/9/2009
Global Warming isn't a hoax....I'm sure we'll see the difference as the years go by...
Answered By: Mus!c - 6/9/2009
For that to be true, they would have to be lying about Venus as well... Venus is the perfect example of what excess Greenhouse gases can do to a planet, its much farther away from the sun than Mercury yet 100s of degrees hotter, I think your a-political nonsense makes as much sense as the Bush administration
Answered By: Talib Fiasco Mos Def Auditorium - 6/9/2009
It's an over hyped myth... More
Answered By: Instant Karma! - 6/9/2009
i lost interest after something about 33 football fields. yes i would be shocked
Answered By: S.T.K - 6/9/2009
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