Is Global Warming Making You Nuts? You're Not Alone!

Thu, 2009-12-10 12:59Ross Gelbspan
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Is Global Warming Making You Nuts? You're Not Alone!

Deadly heat waves, home-wrecking hurricanes, neighborhood-scorching wildfires: When you stop to think about it, global warming can be downright depressing. Now, scientists are starting to validate that feeling. According to accumulating evidence, climate change won’t just trigger new cases of stress, anxiety and depression. People who already have schizophrenia and other serious psychological problems will probably suffer most in the aftermath of natural disasters and extreme weather events.

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It’s the warmers who are making me nuts. ;) I’m hoping they all stay in Copenhagen.

“Deadly heat waves”. There are no more heat waves now than there has been in the past. In fact, with more people having central air we have far fewer people affected by the normal hot summers than in the 1950’s.

“home-wrecking hurricanes”. Have dropped in number and intensity since the 1950’s. They were at their hieght in the 1700’s.

“neighborhood-scorching wildfires”. Due to more homes encrouching into bushland.

What a bunch of tumped up nonsense. Next thing you will hear is global warming will be used as an excuse for drunk drivers. “I was depressed over how we are wrecking our future.”

the hurricane thing is a case of “we are expecting it so it must be true”

Wakefield, in case you haven’t noticed, I have rebutted your disinformation about these Japanese ‘geologists’ (read: environmental scientists) elsewhere.

And as regards your stuff about heatwaves: come and tell that to Australian oldies (I am one of them). We never needed the airconditioning at night during spring - now we had to use it on various occasions. You can find plenty of information about the recent record breaking temperatures here. Here is one regarding last summer:
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=36900

Really? Hardley. You SUPPORETED my statement, go back and read.

“And as regards your stuff about heatwaves: come and tell that to Australian oldies”

Show me a reference of temps in your place of Australia over the past 100 years. Let’s see the data to back up your claim.

Opps. Temps has been FLAT!

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/12/08/the-smoking-gun-at-darwin-zero/

Also see:

Cook, E.R., Palmer, J.G., Cook, B.I., Hogg, A. and D’Arrigo, R.D. 2002. A multi-millennial palaeoclimatic resource from Lagarostrobos colensoi tree-rings at Oroko Swamp, New Zealand. Global and Planetary Change 33: 209-220.

“No long-term trend was evident in the tree ring-derived Austral summer temperature record over the entire length of the study, including the overlapping instrumental portion of the record that extends from 1866 to 1999. Hence, neither the tree-ring data nor the actual temperature measurements from the area provide any support whatsoever for the climate-alarmist claim of “unprecedented” warming over the last hundred years. In fact, say the authors, “the reconstruction indicates that there have been several periods of above and below average temperature that have not been experienced in the 20th century,” indicative of the fact that New Zealand climate was much less variable over the last century than it was over the prior 700 years” http://www.co2science.org/articles/V5/N38/C1.php

Wilson, A.T., Hendy, C.H. and Reynolds, C.P. 1979. Short-term climate change and New Zealand temperatures during the last millennium. Nature 279: 315-317.

“The temperature curve for New Zealand is apparently broadly similar to England and such climatic fluctuations as the Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age are not just a local European phenomenon,”

BTW, geology was used to get this information.

Wakefield, you pretended that that research was done by geologists, whereas it is clear from their institutional affiliation (Department of Environmental Sciences, Shinshu University)), their training, listed research interests and publications that they are first and foremost climate scientists.

I will deal with the rest of your disinformation elsewhere.

Wakefield, the publication you referred to dates from 2002 and is primarily about New Zealand. In case you haven’t noticed New Zealand is a different country.

Look at what has been happening recently in the driest and hottest continent on earth:

Australia records hottest six months on record, according to Bureau of Meteorology

Australia is headed for its second hottest year on record, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

AUSTRALIA has recorded its hottest six months ever, and is well on track to have the second hottest year since records began, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

The World Meteorological Organisation’s (WMO) annual climate statement released yesterday at Copenhagen found temperatures in 2009 reached 0.44C above the 1961-1990 annual average.

“The decade 2000-2009 is very likely to be the warmest on record,” WMO secretary general Michel Jarraud told reporters at the Copenhagen climate summit late yesterday, Melbourne time.

Australia was singled out for its wild weather in 2009.

“Australia had the third-warmest year on record with three exceptional heatwaves,” Mr Jarraud said.

The WMO report said the heatwaves happened in January/February, when the hot weather contributed to the disastrous Victorian bushfires, in August and again in November.

The presence of El Nino conditions underway in the Pacific saw near-record rises in sea surface temperatures and most parts of Australia experienced an exceptionally mild winter.

Maximum temperatures were also well above the national average, with 3.2C above normal, the largest ever recorded in any month.

Dr David Jones, head of climate analysis at the Bureau of Meteorology’s national climate centre, said one of the biggest impacts in the last year had been the absence of cold, with a massive decline in sea ice in the Arctic.

“The last six months have been the warmest six months on record for Australia,” Dr Jones told reporters in Melbourne today.

“We expect 2009 will be either the second warmest year on record for Australia or the third warmest.”

He said the results were not surprising.

“Every decade’s been getting warmer for the last 70 years.

“Clearly climate change hasn’t stopped, global warming hasn’t stopped…”

The outlook for the summer is consistent, Dr Jones said, with warm daytime conditions in northeast Australia forecast to continue.”

You are still arguing with the thermometer, Wakefield

Wrong. Driest is Antarctica. Hottest is in the middle of Africa.

The data is massaged as noted in the WUWT article (see fig 3 and 4) http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/12/08/the-smoking-gun-at-darwin-zero/. They are skewing the data to give the appearence of what they claim.

Wrong. See my link to Deltoid above.

To follow up on the Deltoid link supplied by VJ, and to drive the point home, here is the first paragraph:

December 9, 2009

Willis Eschenbach caught lying about temperature trends
Category: Global Warming

Remember how the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition made the warming trend in New Zealand go away by treating measurements from different sites as if they came from the same site? Well, Willis Eschenbach has followed in their foot steps by using the same scam on Australian data. He claims that for Darwin “the trend has been artificially increased to give a false warming where the raw data shows cooling”. Here’s his graph:etc.

Wakefield, you seem to be prowling around on Watts’ blog a lot did he ever come up with a retort to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_0-gX7aUKk

Dryiest:

http://www.universetoday.com/guide-to-space/earth/driest-place-on-earth/

“The driest place on Earth is in Antarctica in an area called the Dry Valleys, which have seen no rain for nearly 2 million years. There is absolutely no precipitation in this region and it makes up a 4800 square kilometer region of almost no water, ice or snow”

Hottest:

http://www.extremescience.com/hottest.htm

“In fact, there’s a good chance on the day this record-breaking temperature was recorded by a meteorological station in El Azizia in 1922 there were other places hundreds of miles away that were even hotter.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00jch69
“A team of experts and explorers venture into the Danakil desert in Northern Ethiopia to investigate the incredible geology of the area, and to find out how the people and their animals survive in the hottest place on earth.”

Check the table in: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extremes_on_Earth

Also note the dates.

Well, this ranks among the trivia. But just for the record I was speaking of the driest and hottest CONTINENT not ‘places’. Antarctica is not generally reckoned to be among the continents and I don’t know whether the average temperature in Africa is higher than here but I doubt it.

Antarctica is generally and specifically regarded as a continent. How can it not be. As a continent it is larger than Australia.

Watch out! They might figure out our world wide conspiracy to turn all the thermometers into communists!

So I will say this in caps.

THEY USED GEOLOGY TO GET THEIR FINDINGS.

That’s the point.

You apparently got this from some newspaper article. Medical researchers often use chemistry in their researches. That doesn’t mean that medicine is not a separate discipline or that chemists can presume to come up with statements about medicine.

No, I read the paper.

But I guess you are going to force me to show even more papers by geologists that refute AGW. Or ill you just spin those out of existence.

You still have not answered my question. Is there no place for geology at all in climate science?

And yes, a chemist could indeed make statements if the medical researchers did the chemistry wrong, and that wrong chemistry was used to support a medical theory. Just like the climate researchers are doing the geology wrong to support a climate theory.

Your article about temperatures at Darwin airport is rebutted by Tim Lambert at Deltoid: http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2009/12/willis_eschenbach_caught_lying.php

Here’s a blogger on the record heat waves in SE Australia:

“…Given these data, and the fact that the latest spring event has equaled previous all-time summer records (!), and the alarm bells should rightly be ringing. Statistically speaking, it’s astronomically unlikely that such a sequence of rare heat waves would occur by chance, if the climate wasn’t warming. But of course, it is…” http://bravenewclimate.com/2009/11/14/three-record-heatwaves-seaust/

Gosh…besides a couple of cool winters recently, things are pretty unchanged for decades in our neck of the woods…the anxiety comes from ALARMISTS!

sorry, I meant man made Global Warming not the natural changes in the weather we may or may not experience. http://www.goarticles.com/cgi-bin/showa.cgi?C=2342790