Thursday, July 26, 2012

Too Early for the Worst Fears of a Drought-Induced Dust Bowl - Room for Debate -
[John Nielsen-Gammon] talking about the current drought like it's the start of the next Dust Bowl is like talking about a no-hitter in the middle of the second inning.
Without Carbon Controls, We Face a Dust Bowl - Room for Debate -
[Romm] Now, studies project "extreme drought" conditions by midcentury over much of the most productive and densely populated areas on Earth — including southern Europe, Southeast Asia, Brazil, the southwest United States and large parts of Australia and Africa. One study found that those areas would see drought indices far worse than those of our Dust Bowl.

And, by century's end, would be 10 degrees or more warmer than the 1930s if we fail to act soon.

A 2009 study found that carbon pollution levels projected after midcentury would lead to "dry-season rainfall reductions in several regions comparable to those of the 'dust bowl' era" that are "largely irreversible for 1,000 years after emissions stop."

The scientific "debate," such as it is, is how far into the northern Great Plains and Midwest these Dust Bowl conditions will extend.
When it Comes to Drought, We Learned From the 'Dirty Thirties' - Room for Debate -
[Gary McManus, Associate State Climatologist for Oklahoma] Since then, farming and conservation practices have been perfected. The effectiveness of the more modern practices was tested during the next great drought of the 1950s, which in some aspects was more severe than the Dust Bowl. Indeed, during that catastrophic drought, crops withered and animals died, but the earth did not blow upon the wind like it did during the Dust Bowl. The conservation practices had worked.
"I don't bluff" :: SteynOnline
[Nathan Steinke] In an expected move proving Mann has no understanding of irony, that comment was promptly deleted. And then Mann's buddies pat themselves on the back while musing about why none of us "trolls" can come up with something reasonable and intelligent to rebut them. Well, that would be because anything and everything that isn't full-blown, unabashed, brown-nosing Mann-love is deleted.

He's got some kind of creepy megalomaniacal complex that demands attention and praise. One of the oddest sights on his Facebook pages is to read "debates" that were clearly between two or more people that have been censored until only one Mann disciple is left looking like he's talking to himself. The other side has been deleted. Not rebutted, not answered, but deleted.
Don't worry. When it comes to court, Dr Mann will simply delete the defense case.

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