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Response to G&M's Campbell blames climate change for 'Spring Games'

Response to Globe & Mail article: Campbell blames climate change for 'Spring Games' - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/campbell-blames-climate-change-for-spring-games/article1486344/

Dr. Weaver is correct. Climate change is assessed by long range trends, not by one season. To state that Vancouver's warmest winter in 100 years is indicative of climate change is as bad as saying Washington DC's snow or an unusually cold year demonstrates that no climate change is happening (as the sceptics have been stating).

The article does mention the devastation of BC's pine forest due to the pine beetle infestation. The area affected is about the size of Great Britain. It is estimated that by 2013, the beetle will wipe out about 80% of BC's pine forest. This infestation has been happening since the 1990s because it hasn't been cold enough to wipe out the pine beetle (last time it got below minus 40, which kills the beetle, was in the 1980s). Go tell the 25,000 people who depend on the forest for their livelihood that this infestation has absolutely nothing to do with climate change.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/science/beetle.html

http://www.walrusmagazine.com/articles/2007.04-business-mountain-pine-beetle/1/

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McNamara, C. (2010). Response to G&M's Campbell blames climate change for 'Spring Games' . Retrieved from http://www.trunity.net/climateresponse/view/blog/51cbec0b7896bb431f68ae1d

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Christine Penner Polle wrote: 03-03-2010 01:06:03

Looks like I need to update some of my links, though.....

Christine Penner Polle wrote: 03-03-2010 01:05:11

And another one... GM of Skywall complains there are no direct links to global average temperature datasets in my comment. Just as most of us wouldn't want a plumber to perform heart surgery on us, I look to the experts in climate to give us their best diagnosis on climate change, not GM of Skywall. If you went to a cardiologist because you were experiencing cardiac symptoms, you would want the cardiologist to explain what was found on your EKG or MRI, not just show them to you and expect that you would know what they meant. Here's a link to the NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) where Climatologist Gavin Schmidt discusses the surface temperature record. http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/news/20100121b/ And here's one to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that answers the question: is the climate warming? http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/globalwarming.html#q3 And the answer (if you look at the temperature graphs with the eye of a scientist, without cherry-picking) is YES. Our symptoms (more and more global climate destabilization) are due to systemic disease related to our fossil fuel addiction. We need drastic intervention for our health. And Gordon Campbell is right on track. Almost makes me want to move to the West Coast...

Christine Penner Polle wrote: 03-02-2010 15:49:54

Just posted this one myself: Wow - what a lot of anti-science ranters are found here. What evidence backs up what Gordon Campbell is saying? Only the best science out there - check out: NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS): http://www.giss.nasa.gov/edu/gwdebate/ * National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/globalwarming.html * Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): http://www.grida.no/climate/ipcc_tar/wg1/index.htm * National Academy of Sciences (NAS): http://books.nap.edu/collections/global_warming/index.html * State of the Canadian Cryosphere (SOCC) - http://www.socc.ca/permafrost/permafrost_future_e.cfm * Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): http://epa.gov/climatechange/index.html * The Royal Society of the UK (RS) - http://www.royalsoc.ac.uk/page.asp?id=3135 * American Geophysical Union (AGU): http://www.agu.org/sci_soc/policy/climate_change_position.html * American Meteorological Society (AMS): http://www.ametsoc.org/policy/climatechangeresearch_2003.html * American Institute of Physics (AIP): http://www.aip.org/gov/policy12.html * National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR): http://eo.ucar.edu/basics/cc_1.html * American Meteorological Society (AMS): http://www.ametsoc.org/policy/jointacademies.html * Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS): http://www.cmos.ca/climatechangepole.html And when you anti-science deniers can put an astronaut on the moon, I'll listen to what you have to say about climate science.....