Thanks to the BBC for coverage on the Science journal.

I hope that we do not hit a point of no return in respect to a relatively stable environment. This could be difficult to discern. The Waxman Markey bill in the US is a complete waste of effort with regard to cutting greenhouse gases. It may take a decade or more Katrina scale events before the public recognizes that Waxman Markey was primarily a deal for the coal industry to avoid strict EPA regulation and that economics have to take a back seat to survival.

Fred Singer disputes the warming data, of course. I notice he gets quoted in the mainstream media as a warming skeptic without mention of his history as professional (paid) skeptic for health concerns related to tobacco. He is a skeptic for hire.

Connect the dots folks. Turning to scientists who are willing to be paid to be skeptical of any scientific issue on behalf and on the payroll of specific industries does not constitute balanced coverage, it is simply journalistic negligence.

clipped from news.bbc.co.uk

Arctic ‘warmest in 2,000 years’

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Arctic temperatures are now higher than at any time in the last 2,000 years, research reveals.

Changes to the Earth’s orbit drove centuries of cooling, but temperatures rose fast in the last 100 years as human greenhouse gas emissions rose.
Scientists took evidence from ice cores, tree rings and lake sediments.
Writing in the journal Science, they say this confirms that the Arctic is very sensitive both to changes in solar heating and to greenhouse warming.
“The 20th Century is the first century for which how much energy we’re getting from the Sun is no longer the most important thing governing the temperature of the Arctic,” said another of the study team, Nicholas McKay from the University of Arizona.

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