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March 28, 2005

Global Warming's Silver Lining

Wired News: “Earth’s temperature is on the rise, researchers say, and environmental watchdogs are howling, hoping it’s not too late to avert negative effects that could range from melting icecaps to mass extinctions… [Yet] some researchers believe the benefits of Earth’s warming will help compensate for the harmful consequences.”

Posted by Oleg Ivrii at March 28, 2005 01:31 PM


While it is nice to keep up in current events, one should never base his or her opinion solely on one or even many news articles. The media is designed only to churn out information that is simple and interesting (interesting meaning “terrifying” or “different”). This results in rather accurate information about the major intersection closest to the latest murder or rape, but rather inaccurate information about complex issues. Global Warming is a perfect example this. The article here isn’t nearly as poor as many others, but then again it isn’t good either. It doesn’t once mention the truth acknowledged by (some) scientists; the sciences used to explain the processes involved in our climate, as well as climate change, are not nearly fully understood. This means that in reality no one knows what changes are taking place in our climate or what is causing them.

While I would love to sit here and write about why “Global Warming” is a social construction, I think I hold a rather biased view. For those of you who wish to learn more about the subject, I would suggest Bjørn Lomborg’s The Skeptical Environmentalist or Christopher Essex and Ross McKitrick’s Taken By Storm. Of course, in order to really discuss climate change you would then need to read books counter to the claims of these…

Posted by: Chris at March 28, 2005 08:19 PM

I am in full agreement, that is why the article is placed in the "Science Fiction" category. Such articles make the Linklist for the record of controversy. You never know which "cutting-edge" advancement is really going to get somewhere, and guessing is part of the fun.

Posted by: Oleg Ivrii [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 29, 2005 08:11 PM

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