hot sun risingThis was originally published by Global Research in 2009. The data presented by the author pertains to the period prior to 2009.

One of the factors that the science from the likes of Al Gore ignores is the effects of volcanoes in spewing particulate matter into the atmosphere.  In August 1883 the island of Krakatoa in what is now Indonesia erupted: heard 3,000 miles (5,000 km) away, the explosions threw five cubic miles (21 cubic kilometres) of particle matter 50 miles (80 km) into the air.

Less than 3 years later in NZ there was the enormous eruption of Mt Tarawera which spewed millions of tonnes of ash and debris into the atmosphere and transformed the landscape of the region.

We daresay that these events put a lot more particle matter into the atmosphere than factories in China and India have.

Ten facts about climate change

1.     Climate has always changed, and it always will. The assumption that prior to the industrial revolution the Earth had a “stable” climate is simply wrong. The only sensible thing to do about climate change is to prepare for it.

2.    Accurate temperature measurements made from weather balloons and satellites since the late 1950s show no atmospheric warming since 1958.  In contrast, averaged ground-based thermometers record a warming of about 0.40C over the same time period. Many scientists believe that the thermometer record is biased by the Urban Heat Island effect and other artefacts.

3.    Despite the expenditure of more than US$50 billion dollars looking for it since 1990, no unambiguous anthropogenic (human) signal has been identified in the global temperature pattern.

4.    Without the greenhouse effect, the average surface temperature on Earth would be -180C rather than the equable +150C that has nurtured the development of life.

Carbon dioxide is a minor greenhouse gas, responsible for ~26% (80C) of the total greenhouse effect (330C), of which in turn at most 25% (~20C) can be attributed to carbon dioxide contributed by human activity. Water vapour, contributing at least 70% of the effect, is by far the most important atmospheric greenhouse gas.

5.    On both annual (1 year) and geological (up to 100,000 year) time scales, changes in atmospheric temperature PRECEDE changes in CO2. Carbon dioxide therefore cannot be the primary forcing agent for temperature increase (though increasing CO2 does cause a diminishingly mild positive temperature feedback).

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