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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:32 PM

Iowa scientists: Drought a sign of climate change

Source: Associated Press

November 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Iowa scientists: Drought a sign of climate change
By David Pitt


Des Moines, Iowa This year's drought is consistent with predictions that global climate change would bring about weather extremes including more frequent droughts, said a report released Monday.

The Iowa Climate Statement updates the 2010 report, reflecting the year's lingering drought and the belief that it signifies what many scientists have predicted increasing instability in weather patterns will lead to extremes during both wet and dry years.

Iowa has experienced such extremes in recent years; in 2008, flooding caused an estimated $10 billion in damage, making it the worst disaster in the state's history.

More broadly, this year's drought brought about parched croplands, reducing corn yields across the nation's Grain Belt, from South Dakota to Indiana. And last month's Superstorm Sandy a combination of a hurricane, a wintry storm and a blast of arctic air devastated parts of the Eastern seaboard and killed more than 100 people.

The report was signed by 138 scientists and researchers from 27 Iowa colleges and universities. They said they wanted to release the updated report now while the drought is still fresh in the public's mind.


Read more: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121119/SCIENCE/211190426#ixzz2CiaWYbMh

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Bozita Nov 2012 OP
WinkyDink Nov 2012 #1
librarylu Nov 2012 #2
DavidDvorkin Nov 2012 #4
Agony Nov 2012 #3
NickB79 Nov 2012 #7
Agony Nov 2012 #9
sarcasmo Nov 2012 #5
Bozita Nov 2012 #6
FVZA_Colonel Nov 2012 #8

Response to Bozita (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:38 PM

1. Left-wing Commie Socialist scientists!

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 08:16 PM

2. Yeah!

How dare they try to warn us. They're just after the grant money - or are they selling solar panels?

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 01:17 PM

4. Yeah. What does the Bible say?

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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 12:39 PM

3. The fix is easy...

switch our infrastructure over to natural gas, call it a clean energy revolution and burn it all.

Un-conventional gas drilling and production is the answer.

Just ask anybody.

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Response to Agony (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 11:53 PM

7. Pretty sure your post was sarcasm

Unfortunately there are people who do suggest exactly that, even though studies are starting to show fracked gas will actually cause more warming than coal simply because of all the escaping methane from the fracking process.

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Response to NickB79 (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:54 PM

9. Really?

"people"... Yeah the president sort of proposes that we march down the nat gas hiway

his advisors are fuckheads because we need more data before we go off half cocked and spend a fortune on a natural gas infrastructure (expensive) that we should be spending on PV, Fuel Cell or wind etc. We should be working on a smart grid?

SoMAS - Fracking, Shale Gas, and America's Energy Future - 70 minutes



Robert Howarth and Larry Cathles, both scientists from Cornell University, stand divided over the size of methane emissions from natural gas wells and how those emissions effect global climate change. - 6 minutes


Nick, I'm guessing you know all that.. i'm just spouting off. Cheers!

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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 03:10 PM

5. Only deniers will argue with Science.

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Response to sarcasmo (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 11:45 PM

6. Even the banksters no longer deny ...




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Response to Bozita (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 03:30 AM

8. This really is what we have to get used to.

Droughts in the center, and megastorms on the coast.

The earlier we can start planning for this, the better.

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