"Methane levels in the atmosphere have more than tripled since pre-industrial times, accounting for around one-fifth of the human contribution to greenhouse gas-driven global warming. Until recently, the leveling off of methane levels had suggested that the rate of its emission from the Earth's surface was approximately balanced by the rate of its destruction in the atmosphere."
Note the term: "human contribution to greenhouse gas-driven global warming".
Whatever some people might want to believe, this latest study hardly punches holes in the global warming theory. In fact, it validates certain portions such as the feedback loop in a very serious manner.
I don't like the idea of crop loss, habitable land loss, or disease spread - but I'm not trying to wish it away either by cherrypicking data to create illogical conclusions. This study does nothing to suggest that man-made global warming is not a serious threat. In fact, it is just as easy to conclude that we have underestimated global warming.
It is poor logic on TG Daily's part, and even more irresponsible journalism to malign this study in such a fashion. TG Daily should very publicly retract this story and carry the appropriate headline for 2 days.
If they don't, I hope they burn in Helsinki - or not!
Update: I find this story significant because the readership of TG Daily are not adverse to letting science into their lives - in fact, they thrive on it! It simply goes to show how deep this 'wishful thinking' goes in our society. If a portion of the nerds doesn't accept it, do you think gun-totin' Bubba is anywhere close to being rational about the science of climate change?
I personally lay blame on all parties, beginning with scientists who are best in the position to know the true dangers of not erring on the side of caution. Like most things in life, it's better to try deal with the risk of adverse consequences, not the certainty of disaster.
P.S. As to the economics...well that's another post on the imbalance of the political and economic (and nascar cultural) systems with the natural systems of climate and resource distribution.
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