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Is Climate Change A Myth?

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Peepette
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 11/18/2015 Category: Economics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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tasha.hello

Pro

Climate change isn't really happening. Former Director of the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, Phil Jones has said that the temperature of the planet has been flat for 17 years meaning nothing has changed. Also there is no scientific evidence that the reason 'global warming' is happening because of man. Over 31,000 scientists have signed on to a petition saying humans aren't causing global warming including 9,029 with a PHD. If global warming is occurring then why is Arctic ice up 50%? Many predictions about what will happen because of global warming have already been proven wrong. For example, Al Gore predicted all the Arctic ice would be gone by 2013 but its not which really makes you think, is global warming really happening?
Peepette

Con

I look forward to this debate.

First, I"d like to refer to the statement made by Phil Jones. This is not what he stated. His analysis is often misused to debunk climate change. The meaning of no statistically significant warning between 1995 and 2006 is not disclaiming weather warming. He's discussing the ability to detect a warming trend over a short period of time. Measuring climate over a short term has many variables; noisy factors. Hence, the resulting measurements do not have statistical significance. But extending measurements over a long term does have significance.

--"Over 31,000 scientists have signed on to a petition saying humans aren't causing global warming including 9,029 with a PHD""

I believe this is in reference to the Global Warning Petition Project. This endeavor has been deemed propaganda. Its originators were backed by Exxon. Need I say more?

Yes, recent measurements of the ice caps do indicate an increase. Yet again, one has to look at the variables. In part, the results are reflective on how the ice caps were measured. Measurement of ice cap thickness is relatively new. Also, the results are again based on a short period of time; a single year. Data collected since 1970 shows the ice caps have shrunk 40%.

--"Al Gore predicted all the Arctic ice would be gone by 2013""

Al Gore is not a scientist. He's a retired politician. He also claimed he created the Internet. As with most politicians, fact checking needs to be done on statements made.

http://skepticalscience.net...
http://www.desmogblog.com...
http://www.ryot.org...
http://www.ibtimes.com...
Debate Round No. 1
tasha.hello

Pro

tasha.hello forfeited this round.
Peepette

Con

Through analysis of ice cores, data has shown that prior to 1950, for 650,000 years, carbon dioxide levels have been below 300 parts per million. Since 1950 this level has sharply climbed to 400 parts per million. These numbers take into account solar cycles and earth"s rotational variations over time. Also, since 1880 the global surface temperatures have continued to rise. Ninety six cubic miles of ice sheets have been lost just between 2002 and 2005 alone.

Surface temperature increases and ice melts have also significantly affected the oceans. Cold water sinks from the arctic regions and circulates toward the equator where it rises and warms to return back to where it came pushed by winds and currents. This is what keeps the earth"s temperature rather temperate (within a specific range) in comparison to other planets. As temperatures rise and water warms this cycle slows, creating greater weather pattern fluctuations. Oceanic animals have become stressed due to the warming of habitat and desalination due to excess fresh water infusion. This is especially prevalent in coastal regions.

Together with the CO2 emissions due to fossil fuel use, additional methane is being released from melting permafrost in the arctic regions. As the permafrost melts methane produced from decaying organic matter increases, adding additional greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

http://climate.nasa.gov...
http://www.climatepath.org...
http://www.piscoweb.org...
https://news.yahoo.com...
Debate Round No. 2
tasha.hello

Pro

tasha.hello forfeited this round.
Peepette

Con

No rebuttal provided
Debate Round No. 3
tasha.hello

Pro

tasha.hello forfeited this round.
Peepette

Con

No rebuttal
Debate Round No. 4
tasha.hello

Pro

tasha.hello forfeited this round.
Peepette

Con

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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by Peepette 1 year ago
Peepette
I hope Tasha Hello hasn't bagged this debate.
Posted by GeneralShan 1 year ago
GeneralShan
So far Peepette is winning this debate hands down. I would like to see what the final arguments look like on this one. His sources are accurate and correct based on the science that is available.
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Vote Placed by Midnight1131 1 year ago
Midnight1131
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