Posted by chicken little, a resident of the San Ramon neighborhood, on Jan 11, 2010 at 8:14 am
#5 - why does Hal assume that the recreational whiners who populate this Board have any interest in any 'inconvenient' learning that might challenge their pathetic delusions? It's so much easier and more fun to regurgitate the incendiary nonsense spoon-fed by Faux News.
Bless you, Hal. But this forum stands mostly for the proposition that our education system has failed a significant fraction of our community. I just don't think it's possible for reasoned analysis to get any traction here.
Posted by Reader, a resident of the Walnut Creek neighborhood, on Jan 11, 2010 at 3:05 pm
It is my understanding from my personal readings, learning, dialogue with the science community, and my work experience as a fire fighter (in which weather plays an integral part) that weather is much more complex than "its cold" or "its hot."
According to most climatologists, the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are emitted at ever faster rates into our atmosphere actually change the chemistry and vapor content in our skies. This change in chemistry is what makes the weather patterns more variable throughout the season.
So if global warming is occuring, it would hold true that we would see more erratic weather, specifically colder temperatures in winter and hotter temperatures in summer, which I believe has been evident here in the bay area. These fluctuations also lead to prolonged droughts which dry out soils and Earth so when the erratic rains do come, they create flash flood dangers and wash away our levees, which we saw in New Orleans and hopefully not see in our Delta.
In order to have a better understanding of global warming, one must look beyond the day-to-day weather patterns and take a broader and more methodical approach to understanding the issue.
Posted by jake, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Jan 11, 2010 at 4:54 pm
Our Walnutgreek firefighter says it is more than a day-to-day patterns. I agree, so here is the longer view: earth has been recovering from the cooling that caused the mini ice-age that brough glaciers all the way to mid-US, and the warming continues. Does man contribute? probably; the question is how much and is the cure worth the cost? If I drop a pound of salt in the ocean have I contributed to its salinity? Ofcourse, but am I the cause of ocean water being salty? The issue has been mixed with politics,even by scientists, which makes it difficult to get the real answer. I am all for common sense approach to the environment but some proposed solutions seem extreme.