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Well first of all, this year's temperature data, is hardly indicative of warming/climate change patterns in the long run, and no one claims that they are.

Second, I fail to be relieved by the fact that average temperatures in Western Europe (say) appear to be up by 1-2 degrees Celsius since 1980. If one could project this rise linearly (and one can't) in all such areas, one would discover that, for example, in 20 years time vast areas of fertile land will be uncultivatable and tropical diseases will have moved significantly northwards.

Third, the statement "Arctic ice is floating on the ocean" is false. Greenland alone, were the ice sheet to melt would cause a rise in sea levels of up to seven meters.

Finally, the relevant facts, the facts that scientists are discussing, are to be found in the IPCC's latest report, whose Summary for Policy Makers, is quite accessible and much more explicit about what is happening than this year's record temperatures...

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake

by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Wed Feb 14th, 2007 at 09:36:55 AM EST

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