Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Deroy Murdock's recent editorial Even Left Now Laughing at 'Global Warming' while perhaps entertaining, demonstrates his lack of understanding of climate change. The term "Global Warming" describes the planetary changes inflicted upon the Earth by Humans. It does not mean all areas of the globe will see increased temperatures. Indeed, many areas will see reduced temperatures. This is a direct effect of changes in the patterns of weather and currents in the oceans and atmosphere. These changes are due to the increase in greenhouse gasses, primarily CO2, most markedly from human industrial activity. There is no serious debate as to whether global climate change is real, and that it is caused and attributable to humans activity. These issues are scientifically settled. What is not settled is popular media (Murdock) debating these issues in the absence of understanding the underlying scientific facts. Murdock's systematic obfuscation of settled fact in the media serves only to delay serious action in solving the coming Global Warming crisis; a crisis that is sure to have serious consequences for humanity and other species here on Earth.