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Postby AstusAleator » Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:34 am

Of course global warming is anthropogenic. There, the question is solved.
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Postby alextemplet » Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:53 am

Good. So we can ramble aimlessly now?
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Postby Jones » Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:59 pm

It's always fun to make a point and then stray momentarily in a different direction... I agree though. It's more likely global warming is caused by humans.
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Postby alextemplet » Fri Dec 07, 2007 9:56 pm

I honestly don't know what else could be causing it, unless God is for some reason seriously pissed off and He's trying to fry us.
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Postby canalon » Sat Dec 08, 2007 12:04 am

Alternative solutions that were proposed were:
- sun spots
- natural climate cycles
- and a few others hat I don't remember.
Not that I agree with those, eh ;)
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Postby MichaelXY » Sat Dec 08, 2007 12:39 am

The planet seems to have a homeostatic mechanism which is the Gulf Stream. That is to say, the warm air that circulates in the Atlantic is a function of the Gulf Stream, as global temps rise, the glaciers in Greenland melt, this causes the salt of the Atlantic to drop, and hence the Gulf Stream warm air loop is decreased. Since the Gulf Stream lowers, temps in the Atlantic drops, in turn the glaciers begin to reform.

Now the question is, can man create such an extreme as to break this loop. I dunno, and I am sure that no one can say for sure. My thinking is that homeostasis is a loop, thusly cyclic. It is clear that man has affected this naturally running loop. I would consider mans affect as a variable in the damping factor of the loop equation. Even a over or under damped loop will eventually reach equilibrium, but the oscillation within the loop is what should be of concern, and seems to correlate directly with mankind’s intervention.
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Postby MichaelXY » Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:31 am

What! no response? Don't let my fancy hoo ha talk fool ya, I am full of crap.
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Postby alextemplet » Mon Dec 10, 2007 4:03 pm

I think that deserves to be quoted in the Member Quotes thread.
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Postby AstusAleator » Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:57 am

Seriously? This is how this thread died? Well fear not Michael, I'll reply - almost a year later. (This was just before the big "crash" of January '08 so no surprise it's drifted off into oblivion)

What makes you think that the so-called homeostatic system is so reliable as to keep our climate relatively stable? If it is, then what were those ancient ice-ages all about?
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Postby alextemplet » Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:37 am

I think the controversy is not so much that our climate should be stable but that humans are throwing it seriously out of whack from where it should be.
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Postby AstusAleator » Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:51 pm

It's the cows I tellz ya. All that methane.
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Postby alextemplet » Wed Oct 29, 2008 6:08 pm

And don't forget Mexico, with all of their re-fried beans.
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