It should be getting hotter right?

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Feb. 1, 2008 at 9:45 PM

The term "global warming" is a vast oversimplification of a very complicated problem.  The overall, average global temperature is expected to rise, but that does not mean every day in every place will be hotter.  There are major ocean currents that bring warm water to cooler climates, and vice-versa.  It is expected that these will falter and eventually shut down entirely.  One consequence would be that the western part or Europe will get colder, due to the loss of the the warm Atlantic current that keeps the climate there more mild. 

Other worrying effects will be radical changes in rainfall patterns, bringing floods to some places and draught to others.  Canada, for example, may see an enlarged land area become productive for crops, while vast areas of the American "bread basket" may become too arid to grow wheat and corn.

Unfortunately, very complicated issuse do not lend themselves to the 30-second news segments or political commercials.  I urge everyone to read actual, scientific sources and decide for themselves.  I recommend Discover and Popular Science magazines for articles that most non-scientists can follow.  If you are up for something more challenging, try Scientific American.  Good luck to everyone who has interest in educating themselves on this issue.


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Feb. 1, 2008 at 10:20 PM The way I see it which I may b CRAZY but when you roast a marshmallow over a campfire and turn it over & over & over it eventually gets all gooey do u think that why the earth is warming? Of course along withh all the pollution.

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Feb. 2, 2008 at 12:06 AM

There's definitely too much pollution.  The world needs to plant more trees, plants, flowers, and other wonderful flora!  Here's to Nature!!

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