Oct 152007

Global Warming news has been all over the place once again, thanks to Al Gore receiving a Nobel Peace Prize (so much for that hallowed institution’s credibility).? I just finished reading what may be the worst written newspaper article I’ve ever seen come out of the Associated Press, and not just because it’s another piece of global warming hyperbole. It’s so badly put together that I’m not even going to link to it, but if you really want to find it, Google is your friend. According to the article-

The amount of moisture in the air near Earth’s surface rose 2.2 percent in less than three decades, the researchers report in a study appearing in the journal Nature.

“This humidity change is an important contribution to heat stress in humans as a result of global warming,” said Nathan Gillett of the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, a co-author of the study.

It will only feel worse in the future, Gillett said. Moisture in the air increases by about 6 percent with every degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit), he said. Using the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s projections for temperature increases, that would mean a 12 to 24 percent increase in humidity by the year 2100.

“Although it might not be a lethal kind of thing, it’s going to increase human discomfort,” [study co-author Katharine] Willett said.

So, basically, according to the global warming alarmists, we all need to alter 90% of our daily behavio, slow industry to a crawl, and abandon most modern conveniences so that our descendants won’t suffer “discomfort” in a hundred years. Say what?!?

In 2100, it’s extremely unlikely that as much as 1% of the people currently inhabiting the planet will still be alive. This isn’t a “who cares about the kids” argument, it’s the beginning of a reality check. Humans (and all other living things) adapt. An increase in humidity of even 24% will easily be adapted to over the five generations of people that will come and go over the next hundred years. There’s no reason to think that the average person will be any more bothered by humidity then people are now. Remember, this change isn’t going to happen over night, it will be gradual, giving us plenty of time to adjust.

The same goes for global warming in general. When I was a kid there were banner headlines about the “next Ice Age” which was supposedly imminent. I remember spending the better part of sixth grade studying Canada specifically seeking information on how to survive in the frozen tundra. Seriously, I can understand people forgetting about the Medieval Warm Period as that was about 1 millenia ago, but the Ice Age scare was merely a couple of decades back (the article I linked to is from 2002).

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