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Who believes in global warming?

Discussion in 'Science & Technology' started by cheesy999, May 5, 2011.

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climate change?

  1. Yes, I feel its a very serious problem

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  2. Yes, but i don't think that I can make a difference

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    33.8%
  3. No, I don't think it will happen or have any serious effects

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  1. cheesy999

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    It says talk on climate change welcome so what better way to start the forum

    Whats TPU's view on global warming and climate change along with all the products etc associated with it?
     
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    I do actually see the logic and the science behind it so it's hard not to believe it TBH. Is it affecting the world currently? I am not very informed about it TBH but I'm looking forward to the views of others in the thread so consider this my subscription.
     
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    climate change is yes
    but we cant deny when ice in the north pole melt is one indication of the air getting warmer like before
    and some inconsistent climate change may related to it
     
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    I guess it depends on if you mean anthropogenic global warming or the natural warming and cooling cycles of the planet itself.
    IMO, we could use a little global warming here in WI. It's been rather chilly lately (below average temeratures by 10°F or more).
     
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    The Earth (and Solar System) are always changing. The Earth has warm periods and cooling periods; majority is based on the number of sun spots.
    The fact cows produce more green house gases than all the humans and our vehicles doesn't say much about us affecting the climate change.

    It could even be another phase. Kinda like the 70's and loving the Earth and crap. I didn't hear any of this crap growing up (1990's).
    I don't really know what to say about it aside from the Earth has always been in these cycles and it will continue for as long as there is a Sun.
     
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    Well, I used to believe in global warming, but ever since I see solar activities wrecking havoc I think our "contributions" is rather insubstantial. To me its almost like measuring effects mice have when elephants are trampling about.
     
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  7. Kreij

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    I saw that 4Staff ;) This is very high tech GN. I think this new forum is going to spark a lot of lively debates, and if we all mind our manners we stand to learn a lot from people who are well versed in a lot of scientific fields. :toast:
     
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    Its all part of the natural cycles of the planet. In the past it has always gotten warmer and the ice caps melted before an iceage, but then we are not going to get out of 2012 to see what happens anyway......................:roll:
     
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    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    I think it have effects, as everything effects everything in some ways. But I'm not sure it's something humanity can budge a lot with earth hours.

    Also, the poll options looks rather "herp derp"-ish. :p
     
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    Well you only have to look at venus to see that the greenhouse effect can have a detrimental effect on a planet, however because it is closer to the sun liquid water can't exist. On earth rain can flush away some of the excess greenhouse gasses and trees obviously use some of the carbon dioxide but when we consider the extent of deforestation and the massive amounts of greenhouse gasses we pump out into the atmosphere I believe it will become a problem if something is not done.

    Hopefully nuclear fusion technology will develop quickly in the coming years so we can stop burning coal and oil for our energy.

    Ps. It's 'serious' ;)
     
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    i believe they call it 'climate change' now and not global warming. the climate has been changing since the inception of the universe. i do not believe man is having any statistically significant impact on the climate.
     
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    That's what I thought, tpu has always been strangley scientific and this may even help us get new members
     
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    I read an interesting article.
    There was a horrific outbreak of tornadic activity in the Tennessee valley (USA) area recently.
    High levels of tornadic activity is typical of cooling trends (cold arctic are moving farther south to meet the warmer gulf air) not warming.
    Warm regions (eg. tropics) have almost zero tornadoes.
     
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    Clean up on Aisle 3 ... back to discussion of climate change.
     
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    Ibelieve the Earth goes through cycles. I also believe we have to be pretty arrogant to think we affect the earth THAT much. Yes we have some impact, but the earth can compensate for us rather well. I am for recycling and all...i mean why waste what we have? Recycling also creates jobs, but i believe the politicians use GCC as a means to an end, that being power, control, and money. If you have heard of Cap and Trade, and research it, it is really a rather aggresive pyrimid scheme, designed for politicians to make money, along with companies like GE. If you want to use wind and solar thats great, but technology hasnt come far enough for it to be the soul source of energy. We should use all we can develop, if not for the environment but to keep costs down and make energy more readily available. Besides, it will be a loooong time before we can get off oil, just because of all the other products that are produced from it. Ie, lubricants, clothing, plastics (in just about everything nowadays, including that awesome new SSD!), but i think you all get my point. We Should be stewards of the planet but we shouldnt rule our lives by it, and give up all that we have advanced toward.
     
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    Do I believe in global warming? No. Climate change? Yes, just not in the time frame people are saying. Do you really think humans are going to have a fundamental effect on the environment? No. That would be like humans trying to stop an earthquake. It just won't happen. We cannot beat nature, sorry! In addition, humans don't know enough about how the world works to accurately predict these cycles of warming and cooling accurately. We can ballpark it, but we don't know.

    In short, none of us alive or our children will have to deal with global warming, or even climate change being a major issue as climate change happens over thousands of years, not 10's or 100's.

    Also, whoever made that poll does not know how to spell.
     
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    Spelling/grammar fixed.
     
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    Well you know a cooling effect is the end result of the warming? Last I read about it the oceanic conveyor system was already severely weakened compared to a century ago, I think due to salinity.

    On global warming... it would be absurd to assume we've had no effect. What's reasonable is to question just how much of an effect we've had and how much is purely natural. 1% or 50%? You'd think we'd have the atmospheric models in place to figure that out for sure by now. Wouldn't be too hard (relatively) to input solar and tectonic factors into our current simulations.

    The foundation for the original skepticism of global warming was primarily based on a "save cash now, do nothing, screw the future" mentality. The moronic part is that the cause is mostly irrelevant. So you didn't have to spend cash to improve emissions, big whoop. An ice age is an ice age regardless of the cause. We have to take control of the weather, leave the planet, or live piled in around the equator. Any of which will cost ass loads of money, you can't avoid that. Unfortunately I don't think people will take it truly seriously and start spending the big money until we end aging. Then people can think of the future as something real, as their own instead of belonging to some faceless fetus army they couldn't care less about.
     
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    I don't believe in human induced global warming or global climate change, but I do believe that we greatly contribute to local climate changes (which may actually be worse in combination with the natural change, far worse). It is evident that the large metropolitan areas vastly influence a change in the climate in the area, partly because of pollution, but far more largely because of the highest reflectivity of the materials used in construction.

    So rather than a small change in the entire Earth, we are contributing to some huge changes in relatively small areas. And although that may sound like a very small change in the large scheme of things, according to the Chaos Theory a "small" change in a system in equilibrium can actually change everything entirely.

    Now is this as bad as the media and some politicians with vested interests say? I don't think so. For instance any volcanic/seismic activity or sun flare, no matter how small, has probably the same effect and those happen everyday (small ones, smewhere on the planet). So are we causing havok or are we just throwing stones at an avalanche? I think that's the question that needs to be answered*, but I think it is undeniable that we ARE throwing stones, so to speak, and if we can do something to stop our own stones, if it's as easy as following some regulations in factories, or not taking the car for short trips, why the hell not follow them and fast and if we don't save the planet maybe we could at least have a healthier environment on our metropolitan areas...

    * personally I lean towards the second option, throwing stones at an avalanche, but as I say in the last sentence, if we can avoid doing something that seems not right and what can be changed with some effort on our part, I think we should.
     
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    i am not yet positive that we are the cause, but i like to believe we can find a solution.
    there's just so much we don't know, i can't in good conscience affirm something i am unsure of.

    but whether we cause it or not, it will affect us greatly, and we need to do something about it.
     
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    It's still a little wrong. We've got "diffrence" on the second poll option and "seruous" on the third. ;)

    Back to global warming/climate change. The scientists are saying that it's happening at a far faster rate than can be accounted for solar activity, orbit changes or anything like that. You can read a lot about this on www.newscientist.com

    Frankly, I don't know what to believe any more. The science has been so corrupted by politics and big money to allow governments to peddle restrictive agendas (anti car policies and imposing austerity measures for example) now, that the truth could be anything.

    I do have the gut feeling however, that it's being blown way out of proportion for the above reasons.
     
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    Al Gore + Carbon Tax = $$$$$$$$$$$$

    The End!
     
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    Man has made an impact on the earth. It would be ignorant to think that we haven't. Take a look outside your window. Think about how much materials are required to make a house, then multiply that by whatever stupidly high number, then multiply that by about 300 years.
    Man kind will have mined the earth bare within a hundred years, there wont be any more coal, oil, no resources to speak of. Almost all aluminium is recycled already.

    Think about how much fuel is burned in transporting all that food to your table, not just you driving to the shops to get it, but the fuel burnt to get the grain to the farm, then the water to the farm, then food to the factory, then the produce to the shop.

    Yes man kind has changed the Earth. NO we are not solely responsible for "Global warming", YES we are partly responsible for climate change. Just think about it.

    Take one city, add a few million people with cars that all produce heat, natural weather no longer takes it's own course, new weather results. Another example, take a nice wooded area, cut down all the trees. The weather will change, the trees are no longer there, water doesn't get stored whatever. Man kind has changed the weather. It's ignorant to think we haven't, and still continue to do so.


    Edit: Now I await Magibag to come debate this to high heaven.
     
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    i don't disagree with your line of thought, we simply don't know enough to
    conclusively prove it. we have not been around long enough, and kept records
    long enough. geological data is NOT enough to fully understand every climatic change
    on our planet.

    so as long as we can't prove one way or the other, it's ingenious to say YES, WE ARE PARTLY
    RESPONSIBLE. "likely, partially, responsible" is as far as we can genuinely, honestly go.
     
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    We are more accountable for ecological change than climate change. Let's address that issue first!
     
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