“The last time the Earth was as warm as it is now was over 11,000 years ago. Oceans covers 70% of our planet, and it takes a lot of energy to heat up that much water, not to mention the air and land. So a two-degree increase in the average global temperature means that temperature increases across the board are a lot more than 2°C.”
28 February 2018
Will a Warmer Earth Really be a Drier Earth?
According to a recent Popular Science video and article, a 2⁰C increase in temperature will cause the Earth to be a lot drier Earth, but one which also will have increased “extreme precipitation” events, such as the National Climate Assessment says has occurred “in every region of the contiguous states since the 1950s.” It claims that “droughts and heat waves have also intensified, as is evident in California, which in recent years has seen less rain, drier soil, and the spread of wildfires.” The United Nations ascribes to this same viewpoint.
It fails to note that for a few hundred years prior to 200 years ago, California was also drier than it has been in the last couple hundred years. It does note that the world’s surface is 70% ocean. It fails to note that a 2⁰C temperature increase would cause more water to evaporate from the oceans, which has to be cycled back to the surface as more rain and snow. It fails to note that much of the warmer land on the Earth’s surface is covered with rainforest, which is hardly dry. It fails to note that the driest land areas on the Earth are those in very cold regions near the poles. Is it not logical that warming the polar regions might make them less dry? And one must not forget that this is the water planet with 71% of its surface covered with water, both ocean and fresh water.
The video and article state that:
This statement ignores the Medieval Warm Period, the Roman Warming, and the Minoan Warm Period, which were as warm, or warmer, than the present moment -- a moment brief as yet compared to those much longer periods and one not yet clearly established as climate rather than just weather. It was not observed that when California was previously drier than in the last couple hundred years, the Little Ice Age was underway.
And what does that foolish third sentence in the quote above mean? The average is the across the board temperature. Yes, if the Earth were to warm, the warming would be greater in some areas than other areas. There is a tendency for the warming to be greater over land areas and to be greater where the temperature is colder than where it is warmer. The tropics would not warm up as much as would areas of land at higher latitudes because water evaporation tends to limit the temperature increase. However, the third sentence in the quote does not say this. It is nonsense.
There are many natural cycles that cause the climate to change. As I have shown in numerous articles on this blog, the physics used to claim catastrophic effects due to man-made global warming caused by carbon dioxide emissions is very wrong. There is as yet no empirical or experimental evidence that further increases in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will cause significant global warming. It may well actually cause an insignificant cooling for reasons I have discussed a number of times.
What we do know for sure is that more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will greatly aid plant growth, making it easier for us to feed a growing human population. Unlike many of the anti-human proponents of the idea that man is destroying the Earth, I think a growing human population is a good thing, at least if we can see to it that most of them are free to use their minds and free to be productive.
Apparently, the increased rain events noted in this foolish article and video are to be the precipitation of anhydrous water, which will create terrible droughts.
Is it perhaps the case that part of the reason the Industrial Revolution got underway when it did is because the Little Ice Age was ending? Warming on Earth is usually a good thing for mankind, not a bad thing. But note that those hawking alarmist and catastrophic man-made effects on climate love to start the reference clock at the end of the Little Ice Age. We are still warming as a result of the end of that cooling period primarily due to the large heat capacity of our oceans.
Thanks to Prof. Howard “Cork” Hayden for bringing this article and video to my attention.