Global Weirdness

Global Weirdness

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Hour 1:           With devastating drought, ever-more destructive storms, and record-breaking temperatures, there is no doubt that something is happening to our weather. But how does the weather reflect on-going climate-change and what should we expect in the future? We’ll talk this hour with Michael Lemonick, co-author of “Global Weirdness: Severe Storms, Deadly Heat Waves, Relentless Drought, Rising Seas and the Weather of the Future” (Pantheon, 2012). The book is a collective production of Climate Central, a non-profit, non-partisan science and journalism organization.

  • Tammi

    This may have been answered before.  However, you mentioned that CO2 levels were higher in the dinosaur days. Assuming that the same stasis mechanisms (limestone, oceans, plants etc) were in place at that time – what was the cause of increased CO2 at that time and couldn’t that be in play in our current timeframe?

  • Tammi

    This may have been answered before.  However, you mentioned that CO2 levels were higher in the dinosaur days. Assuming that the same stasis mechanisms (limestone, oceans, plants etc) were in place at that time – what was the cause of increased CO2 at that time and couldn’t that be in play in our current timeframe?

  • Tom Jones

    Global Warming kind of wiped out when the global average temperature went sideways or down after the last big El Nino in 1998.   Climate Change just never caught on.  Fortunately Hunter Lovins coined “Global Weirdness” and Tom Freidman picked it up in his column in late 2007, because in spite of endless predictions that warming was going to start up again, any day, it hasn’t.  More and more of the citizenry believes less and less in the necessity of a carbon-free culture, and the CAGW gang is making an all-out push to sell “Global Weirdness”.  Never mind the reality that they are pushing events that have all happened before.   There was a drought in the 50′s that was worse than the current one, and one in the 30′s that was much worse, for instance.   Usually, this failure of the unwashed masses to believe is put down to poor PR practices.   Maybe it’s due to shoddy science?  Maybe the warming of the planet is due to more complicated physics than a simple tie to carbon dioxide?  

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