Atmosphere And Weather

Investigating Recent changes in Weather Patterns

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Weather patterns and climate change are part of a natural cycle of events that have been occurring since the earth first began to form an atmosphere. It is this constant change that allows for evolution and diversity while ensuring nothing on the planet remains locked in stasis. Change is what we fear most due to the fact that we do not know what to expect. We currently have some high profile people running an effective campaign of fear by suggesting sea levels may rise as high as six metres yet there is little real evidence to support such claims.

The cause of climate change is complex but little evidence exists to vindicate current belief that it is industrial emissions causing the current cycle. A single cyclone moving billions of tons of water while pushing air at a phenomenal velocity is testimony to the power behind atmospheric activity and nothing can be done to prevent the onslaught once these forces are in motion. In effect, cyclones (typhoons and hurricanes depending on where in the world you live) carry out an important air conditioning function that rapidly disperses stagnant ocean current and stale air. Wild claims that such eventd are becoming more powerful are not supported because our recorded history of weather represents an infinitesimally small portion of weather events throughout the billions of earth years.

What we do know regarding causes of weather pattern and climate change relate to after effects of significant volcanic activity as well as one or two sizable meteorites impacting on the planet. In August 1883, Krakatoa erupted with a force estimated in excess of 100 kilotons and the sound was heard over 2 000 miles away. Giant tsunamis of 130 feet or more in height devastated coastal settlements many thousands of miles away when over five cubic miles of land mass suddenly disappeared as it was hurled into the atmosphere to altitudes of twenty or more miles. The after effects of this sizable eruption continued for years after with unbelievable sunsets caused by atmospheric dust refracting sunlight and many consider this was a significant volcanic event - not true!

Krakatoa had a notable effect on the climate of the entire world where winters were longer and more severe than usual. It was the blocking effect of atmospheric dust that changed the average temperature and the earth experienced a mini ice age. Irrespective of the damage caused and resultant climatic changes, Krakatoa is not considered a volcanic eruption of great magnitude. Compared with evidence of several prehistoric volcanic eruptions, Krakatoa was a mere firecracker! How do we know this? Evidence from ice core samples layered over many thousands of years attest to the concentration of dust and solid particles that when analysed are found to be from volcanically active areas on the planet.

There are a number of meteorite craters on solid landmass that attest to the magnitude of incalculable force on impact. Such cataclysmic impacts not only caused seismic activity of an unprecedented scale, it also saturated the atmosphere with debris and fine particles that created what we would call today a nuclear winter. The resultant significant reduction of sunlight on the earth's surface destroyed a large number of life forms while cooling the planet at an extremely rapid rate. We know this occurred using much the same methods whereby evidence correlated to concentrations of dust sediment as well as our ability to discern with precision the origins of such material.

The climate change experts' and international bodies created to drive the climate change and global warming agendas are doing their utmost to suppress or ridicule any contrary opinion or scientific research that suggests doubt in contemporary and popular opinion. The Kyoto protocol agenda is an excellent example of populist agenda driven by a minority that lack any real substance with their demands for recalcitrant governments in the United States and Australia to capitulate and agree to comply with their demands - some would call this blackmail. The cost of implementing the dictates of the Kyoto agreement are significant yet to do so will have a negligible overall effect in other words, pointless. The political climate however is more powerful than common sense where green and environmental bodies hold tremendous influence. Such groups are making significant inroads to policy change that ultimately do little more than gain notoriety for those pushing for changes.

The fact a former Vice President of the United States received an Oscar for his documentary on the issue of global warming would be amusing but for the fact so many gullible people now believe the gross exaggerations and distortions of partial facts that are realistically portrayed using special effects. It was a great Hollywood' production that now seems to have earned more credibility than it deserves yet few see the irony of the situation. The resources used to even create such a production require the very industrial processes argued against in the film.

Global warming seems to be a reality; unless evidence to the contrary becomes available there seems little point in arguing about the issue. The real argument however is the suggestion that industrial activity of a scant two hundred or so years is the cause of the current climate change phenomenon. By accepting as fact such flawed scientific research, we are accepting as fact distortions of truth. The changes demanded of us are ultimately meaningless because climatic changes will continue irrespective of what we do about it today.

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