Icebergs breaking off glaciers at Cape York, Greenland. Image by Mila Zinkova, licensed under Creative Commons.

Climate report

It's been a tough winter in North America. Many regions in the North­east experienced record amounts of snow. Some southern states endured some of their harshest winter storms. On January 11, every state in the union except Florida had snow on the ground. All this winter weather prompted some people to ask the familiar question: so where are the signs of global warming?

Actually, meteorologists say this kind of weather is what can be expected in North America if global temperatures are rising. Higher temperatures put more moisture into the air, increasing the chances of storms that release large amounts of snow or rain. As climate scientists have been telling us, global warming means more volatile weather all around—droughts in some places, floods or heavy snowstorms elsewhere.

We can't, of course, extrapolate from a few events to a conclusion about global warming. That's why we need the scientists who have been monitoring data over decades and tracing it over the centuries. That's why we need to do more than talk about the weather. We need to attend to the unusually rapid increase in the Earth's temperature over the past 50 years and to the strong evidence that the Arctic ice cap is melting, the glaciers are disappearing, the sea level is rising, the oceans are becoming more acidic, and plants and animals are altering their behavior in response to shifting temperatures. And we need to pay attention to the overwhelming number of scientists who say that the global warming is caused at least in part by human behavior in the form of carbon emissions, which are concentrating greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and warming up the Earth for decades or centuries to come—perhaps permanently.

That is, anyway, the prudent thing to do. But last month a House energy panel disregarded the scientific evidence on global warming and voted to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its ability to regulate greenhouse gases. In the absence of a comprehensive energy reform bill, the EPA's regulatory power is about the only tool available to control carbon emissions.

Scientists in favor of regulation told the panel that increased temperatures are decreasing the yields of wheat, corn and barley, heightening the risk of wildfires and increasing the odds of floods and droughts. But rather than listening to that evidence, the panel listened to the coal and gas industries, which want to escape higher costs and tighter regulation, even at the expense of the health of the planet.

Many national leaders talk about cutting spending so as not to burden future generations with the deficits created by this generation. These same leaders seem to have no problem, however, burdening the next generation with an overheated Earth, nor do they mind letting the next generation be the one to invest in renewable and sustainable forms of energy.

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Christians who lie

"...unusually rapid increase in the Earth's temperature over the past 50 years and to the strong evidence that the Arctic ice cap is melting, the glaciers are disappearing, the sea level is rising, the oceans are becoming more acidic, and plants and animals are altering their behavior in response to shifting temperatures..."

It is so sad and disgusting to see the word "Christian" associated with so many lies. Anthropogenic Global Warming is the greatest scam in world history. It's all about money and power, that's all it's ever been about. Every single claim in this article is disputed by educated and reputable scientists.

Perhaps you should spend some time reviewing what the Bible says about lying, deception, greed...

What is your agenda,

What is your agenda, "Anonymous"...? This article is simply stating that we have to pay attention to our role in climate change and for that you attack the author? I'm fairly certain that the Bible also talks about being kind, yet you seem to have ignored that message.

Hmm...

Yes, I think you should read what the Bible says about lying, deception, and greed. Also about taking care of the Earth we've been given.

I find it depressing that people still put their heads in the sand and ignore the facts.

@ Anonymous: If you'd care to post any real scientific links supporting your lies and deception here I would look into them and evaluate them critically, can you say the same? Obviously the answer is "no."

Peer Reviewed Science

On the subject of global warming, peer reviewed science shows that the current warming of the globe is a reality and is caused by humans.

Denial

Denial will not solve any problems. It may help you deal with it on a personal level, however it will not stop the negative effects we are having on our environment.

praying for God's creation

On Sunday I led the prayers of the people in the worship service in my church. I asked for God's forgiveness for whatever we humans have done to cause the extreme and violent weather patterns around the world. After the service I was accosted by one family in the congregation who told me that it was a "political" prayer and they would not attend if I was permitted to lead prayers again. I engaged them in dialogue and when I asked if we Christians were not responsible to God for caring for His creation the son (who was an engineering student in a local college) responded that we humans had a right to do whatever we wanted with His creation and there was no such thing as global warming.

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