Climate forecasts near an upgrade

  • Article by: RENEE SCHOOF , McClatchy Newspapers
  • Updated: August 6, 2011 - 6:55 PM

Thousands worldwide are developing more precise predictions, generated by powerful supercomputers.

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obstakesAug. 6, 11 9:27 PM

No one can tell me what it will be like one year from now. Even if they think they can, it is common sense to know they can not. This is a largely self promoted discipline that needs publicity and a little fear to be successful in fund raising. It has had both. I no longer care what these people say as I know they have other motives.

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dupontedwardAug. 6, 11 9:47 PM

How is the scientific community ever going to regain the public's respect once the climate alarmism movement collapses completely? Rather than pretending their new computers do an even better job of predicting the future, scientists need to admit their mistakes and try to make amends. The sooner they fess up, the less they will have to make amends.

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flogicAug. 6, 1110:23 PM

It's obvious that man is contributing to global warming, however, these are the same folks that can't predict the weather a day in advance. So I have little idea of just how badly mankind is altering global warming. I certianly don't trust either side of this argument as neither seems very rational to me. Like they expect to win the hearts and minds of logical citizens with hype and hysteria. I do understand big business is so powerful they feel the need to compenate for the lies big business tosses on us, but two wrongs don't make a right. Tell it as it is, and more will listen, maybe even a few of the mindless zombies on both sides.

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davehougAug. 6, 1110:37 PM

I think man HAS caused global warming. My question is what is the relative impact between water vapor and CO2???? Each gallon of gas produces a gallon of water vapor in addition to CO2. Draining whole aquafiers to support crops also pumps in water vapor. Between the two, vapor is a LOT cheaper to capture. Has anyone watched world-wide humidity levels since 1950???

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pastafarianAug. 6, 1111:36 PM

Even if it is not perfect, I will still take science over the Republicons' pseudoscience and fundamentalist zealotry.

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irishdemAug. 7, 1112:08 AM

Climate change deniers constantly demonstrate their ignorance about the differences between meteorology and climatology. You only need to read a few entries here to realize how little basic science these guys know!

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tranquil17Aug. 7, 1112:10 AM

Climate change deniers: "I don't understand it, so I won't believe it." Would you ever tell this to a doctor after repeatedly being told you have a complicated heart problem, or cancer? Please be critical of everything you read, but ask yourself these things: Do you find yourself mostly only believing things that you want to believe? Do you find yourself thinking you have the answer to something before you've ever read the evidence or considered that you might be wrong? Do you find yourself trusting people who live by ideology? If any of your answers to this is yes, at the very least you have to admit that there may be things going on that you don't understand. The thing that becomes clearer the more you learn is how difficult it is to really know the truth. It is certainly easier to walk through life thinking you know the truth rather than admitting you don't, but the worst thing you can do is to pretend you're smarter than people who are actually smart enough to admit that these things are really, really hard to understand.

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inlandseaAug. 7, 1112:50 AM

When I read or listen to the climate change deniers, eventually their arguments come down to one of two positions: 1) I don't want to change my lifestyle---even if that would help slow climate change, and 2) a religious argument that claims that drought, tornadoes, a warming earth, etc are all "God's Will". These religious are usually the same folks who claim the Earth is 6000 years old. How can science and verifiable facts ever open such closed minds?

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AdverbAug. 7, 11 4:15 AM

I'll just take this opportunity to be the 1 billionth internet commenter to note for the ignorant that weather and climate are not the same thing.

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ipmuttAug. 7, 11 6:14 AM

Let me guess, the new predictions will predict doom earlier than before. First of all these people can not predict this afternoons weather. Second, the reason we have more carbon output is we have more people with more reasouces being used and no one is willing to address that part of the problem. So they make you afraid and make you think if you give them money and power, they will do good things. These people are not to be trusted.

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