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Do you accept the reality of AGW ?

Do you accept the science of anthropogenic climate change ?   50 members have voted

  1. 1. Do you accept the science of anthropogenic climate change ?


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Debate has raged across these boards for at least 5years at this stage as to the reality of anthropogenic climate change. I am curious to know what is the general sentiment on this issue after all the shouting has settled down.

Br Cornelius

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I think the change in climate is due to humans, but not entirely on us. I think climate changes and evolves over time, but what we spew into the atmosphere 24/7 accelerates these natural changes.

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Well evidence has been shown that huge oil companies etc was funding the whole "research", so I really don't know what to think. Nobody has clear answers or data from what I can find. So I'm on the fence really.

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its proven green houses gas

Debate has raged across these boards for at least 5years at this stage as to the reality of anthropogenic climate change. I am curious to know what is the general sentiment on this issue after all the shouting has settled down.

Br Cornelius

the debate as been going on since the 1950's - as for the last five years, the same arguments are made in every thread as the last one. your not curious you just want to debate it some more. being your topic of choice on these boards.

green house gases have been proven to absorb heat. which can in practice heat up the atmosphere. - the trouble is science not being an exact art is unable to say or even predict what is going to happen tomorrow, next week or next year, to date they have been wrong in their short term predictions. when asked why did it not happen they are faced with questions their models cannot answer, so as a result they now discontinued with the short term predictions - and now we have predictions on timescales of a hundred years, very convenient. so we now have to take them at their word. because on these hundred year times scales we can never hold them to account. but never mind that fact which is always side stepped.

over to you Br, go off, google search, copy and paste a load of graphs - links and we can be on page 10 in no time. -

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Climate change is not new to the Earth, but think we are causing a more toxic climatic change than what nature would do alone.

But saying that, if nature decides to bring on a huge tsunami or massive hurricane and whips many of us out, we can not blame humans wholly for that....thats nature.

As for the atmosphere we are breathing...man has contributed to that and i do not think using the natural waves is as safe as they make out.

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I think humans add to the issue. I also believe that cyclical climate changes are equally responsible if not more so. The politics and money surrounding this issue is going to forever hamper any unbiased or believable research. It's like every thing else that becomes political - people stop listening and start shouting.

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I think humans add to the issue. I also believe that cyclical climate changes are equally responsible if not more so. The politics and money surrounding this issue is going to forever hamper any unbiased or believable research. It's like every thing else that becomes political - people stop listening and start shouting.

Exactly, completely agree.

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its proven green houses gas

the debate as been going on since the 1950's - as for the last five years, the same arguments are made in every thread as the last one. your not curious you just want to debate it some more. being your topic of choice on these boards.

green house gases have been proven to absorb heat. which can in practice heat up the atmosphere. - the trouble is science not being an exact art is unable to say or even predict what is going to happen tomorrow, next week or next year, to date they have been wrong in their short term predictions. when asked why did it not happen they are faced with questions their models cannot answer, so as a result they now discontinued with the short term predictions - and now we have predictions on timescales of a hundred years, very convenient. so we now have to take them at their word. because on these hundred year times scales we can never hold them to account. but never mind that fact which is always side stepped.

over to you Br, go off, google search, copy and paste a load of graphs - links and we can be on page 10 in no time. -

The debate here has been raging for about 5years.

Not interested in debating the points in this thread - its all been done to death. I would genuinely like to gauge the feelings of what I generally consider to be a intelligent bunch of people.

All I will say is that my acceptance of AGW is based on the sound understanding of the basic physics of greenhouse gases and the evidence of Paleoclimatology. Short term predictions in a chaotic climate system are indeed difficult and that is why it is the averaged trend which should guide us. So far there are few issues with the predictions. If your not prepared to get down and dirty with the details of a debate - don't get huffy with those who are :tu:

Br Cornelius

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I agree with the position that humanity has an affect on the climate. I do not accept that we are the main driver of climate change, so I can't answer the poll question as asked.

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the title says "the reality of AGW ?"

the actual question is "the science of anthropogenic climate change".

i'm confused about the question so i won't vote.

it is also meaningless since without quantifying it you don't distinguish between "harmless AGW" and "dangerous AGW" which is where the opinions differ.

if you are asking whether one accepts that man has a measurable effect on global temperature, then I would ask that you show the empirical science and then I'll agree with you.

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All you have to do is look at the cycles of cold and hot over the past millions of years to see that the Earth does it's own thing. We are still on a warming trend at the moment. Could gases from our industrial period add to this? Maybe. But there is so much FUD and politics and power snatching that I don't think we could ever get a clear indication.

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the title says "the reality of AGW ?"

the actual question is "the science of anthropogenic climate change".

i'm confused about the question so i won't vote.

it is also meaningless since without quantifying it you don't distinguish between "harmless AGW" and "dangerous AGW" which is where the opinions differ.

if you are asking whether one accepts that man has a measurable effect on global temperature, then I would ask that you show the empirical science and then I'll agree with you.

We've been through this to many times before. No evidence could convince you that man could significantly effect the climate and as I said this is not the place to debate the issues - its just a poll of opinions.

Its a lot of a fudge for people to say that its a matter of man effecting climate but climate also moves in cycles - that was never in dispute among the climate scientists.

Br Cornelius

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Ozone depletion is still a concern since the alarm was raised that chlorofluorocarbons were the culprit. Man can definitely effect the planet's atmosphere. Climate change is not a stretch of the imagination for me.
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Climate change is caused by many factors we are but one of the influences. The thing is our influence can be controlled to have a desirable environment.

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I think the change in climate is due to humans, but not entirely on us. I think climate changes and evolves over time, but what we spew into the atmosphere 24/7 accelerates these natural changes

This,

You need a "yes, but only to a certain extent" answer to the poll :) (a middle option, lol)

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Edit: as an aside. I am about to finish my degree in Environmental Sciences and this debate is one that bugs me. You are (seemingly) never allowed to take the middle ground. It a "you're with us, or you are against us" argument, which just further divides the issue imho and makes the whole situation worse.

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I would say - probably so.

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I must agree with Lady Kasey. It seems that climate change does occur naturally, but humans must have some role in effecting that change?

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I just LOVE how in the area of the environment, the studies science offers are "questionable", but you go to an area like the paranormal and science is rock solid and questioning those scientists is like questioning god.

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Some people think that science is a pick and mix affair - pick the bits you like and toss away everything else.

MID was the prime example of that - a NASA engineer who resolutely refused to accept what his own climate department were saying :w00t:

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I'm learning that quickly, Br. :)

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I seem to fall in with most commenting in this thread - yes, climate is changing as it always has, but there does seem to be a human impact that we need to be mindful of and address. And I guess the degree of that impact is really what's under debate.

I work with a lot of smart people and they have differing opinion on the matter and all make strong cases for their side.

I just wish that politics didn't play into the discussion and that it could be "just about the science".

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the debate as been going on since the 1950's -

Just a thought here: the current temperature excursion began in 1977. In the late 60s and early 70s, there was a slight dip in temperatures. I don't know just who coined the term "global warming" or when, but I'll bet it was after that.

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I just LOVE how in the area of the environment, the studies science offers are "questionable", but you go to an area like the paranormal and science is rock solid and questioning those scientists is like questioning god.

That's how you tell real science from the pseudo-science: there is ALWAYS uncertainty. Scientists will nearly always hedge. If someone starts taking an absolute position, you can be pretty sure it's religion, not science.

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I don't think there are enough options in the question to give an honest answer.

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I don't think there are enough options in the question to give an honest answer.

In the absence of a proper question i voted no. I don't accept that humans are the be all and end all of climate change. I would like to see alot less polution, especially from the developing countries, but CO2 would be low on the list of polutants that i would target. You dont get a smog cloud big enough to cover Europe, like the one we are seeing in China/Korea/Japan at the moment, from CO2 alone.

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