Climate Change Was: Is there a U.S. version of phytosanitary requirement

Adam Fikso
Thu, 14 Jan 2010 11:28:01 PST

A more sophisticated and detailed presentation on global warmng.   Written 

 Thanks, Jim.
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From: "J.E. Shields" <>
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Sent: Thursday, January 14, 2010 1:13 PM
Subject: [pbs] Climate Change Was: Is there a U.S. version of phytosanitary 

> Pamela and all,
> That is a good blog written by Cliff Mass.  Sensible and realistic. 
> Thanks
> for pointing it out.
> I'm not a climatologist; I'm a biochemist.  Still, I took some
> thermodynamics a very long time ago.  There is nothing contradictory in 
> the
> weather we are seeing just now and the proposition that we humans are
> warming the climate unnaturally.  The Earth's atmosphere-ocean system is a
> huge heat engine.  The gasoline or diesel engine in your car or truck is a
> much simpler heat engine.  Both sorts of "engine" are governed by
> thermodynamics.
> The data are irrefutable:  The earth's atmosphere and oceans are warming 
> at
> a rate much faster than the history of the last 1,000,000 years or so
> suggest they should be.  The difference between 100,000 years ago and 
> today
> is the presence and consequences of about 6 billion additional members of
> the species Homo sapiens.
> Why are some parts of North America and Europe colder this winter? 
> Because
> the Earth's atmospheric engine is accelerating, fueled by the extra heat
> accumulating under our CO2 blanket.  The more energy you put into a 
> system,
> the farther away from equilibrium you can drive it.  Give the engine more
> energy, and you can drive it up steeper gradients.  The jet stream loops
> north in Alaska and south in the Midwest, when it should be somewhere in
> between,  It is being driven away from equilibrium.

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