Hi Brit,

If we are going to get to the bottom of this global warming thing, it would seem reasonable to start with just what the term means. As I think back on all the press coverage and, for that matter, all the research I’ve done on this subject over the years (I do love the Internet,) I can’t recall anyone ever saying exactly what part of the globe is warming.

Do they mean that the entire world is going to be warmer all the time? Or, does it mean that, on average, the entire world is going to be warmer all the time? Of course, it could mean that some places are going to be a lot warmer, and the rest will not notice any change. I can also see it meaning that winters will be milder, while summers remain the same, or the reverse. For that matter, we could be talking about having one really hot year every so often that drives the average up. This is most confusing.

Speaking of confusing, the basis for the theory is the Greenhouse Effect. This says that we are pumping extra CO2 into the air, which will trap heat and warm the planet. What isn’t mentioned is how much carbon is taken out of the atmosphere. For instance, on our small farm we cut around 100 tons of hay every year. Most of that weight is carbon, which is sucked out of the air by the grass, and there is even more which goes into the roots. If you count the timber we grow, I suspect that number would at least tripple. Considering the amount of agricultural production in the US, let alone the rest of the world, the carbon sink this represents must be very, very large. However, I never see this mentioned in the global warming debate. To me, this seems suspicious.

the Grit

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  1. Shulamit Says:

    My husband is an environmental economist, Ph.D. from Stanford, and presently working at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Most all the questions you pose are answered at

    http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/basicinfo.html

    on the EPA’s website.

    Hope this is useful…

    Shulamit

  2. britandgrit Says:

    Hi Shulamit,

    I’m so glad you dropped in. I haven’t looked at the web site yet, but I’m sure it will be helpful. Actually, I haven’t looked at this issue for a few years, so it’s revival as a topic is exciting. Of course, it also means I have to catch up on the latest science, which may take a while at this time of year.

    If you and / or your husband would like to post something, just say the word. After all, it is an important subject that needs to be better understood by all.

    the Grit

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