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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Question of the Day - August 24, 2006

If the New York Times and Al Gore can declare “case closed” on their agendas by invoking the opinion of “all of the world’s scientists,” what are we to make of astronomers’ recent decision, after nearly a century of unchallenged opinion by all the world’s scientists, that Pluto is no longer to be classified as a planet?

Melting of Greenland’s glaciers is cited by “all of the world’s scientists,” according to the Times and Mr. Gore, as irrefutable evidence that so-called greenhouse gases will destroy the planet.  What then are we to make of the recently published research findings by Danish scientists at Aarhus University?

Quoting from the AFP news article:

“Greenland’s glaciers have been shrinking for the past century, according to a Danish study, suggesting that the ice melt is not a recent phenomenon caused by global warming.

” Danish researchers from Aarhus University studied glaciers on Disko island, in western Greenland in the Atlantic, from the end of the 19th century until the present day.

“This study, which covers 247 of 350 glaciers on Disko, is the most comprehensive ever conducted on the movements of Greenland’s glaciers,” glaciologist Jacob Clement Yde, who carried out the study with Niels Tvis Knudsen, told AFP.

“..... The shrinking of the glaciers since the 19th century is “the result of the atmosphere’s natural warming, following volcanic eruptions for example and greenhouse gases, created by human activities, which have aggravated the situation further,” he said.”

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Posted by Thomas E. Brewton on 08/24 at 01:26 PM
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