Friday, June 05, 2009

Global Warming Caused Crash of Air France Flight 447

Human carbon dioxide emissions have been blamed for everything from the extinction of T. Rex to the breakup of the Spice Girls. So, it is not surprising that a moonbat 'scientist' would try to blame the recent tragedy of Air France Flight 447 on global warming:

As the investigation continues as to what brought down the French airliner over the Atlantic Ocean with 228 people on board, a Russian climatologist believes global warming played a significant part.

Although the exact cause of the tragedy may never be fully known (according to investigators, the sea floor where the plane went down is extremely rugged, thus making the discovery of the all-telling black box a real long shot), most experts seem to agree on one thing: severe weather conditions played an important part. And that unsettling conclusion is leading some climatologists to wonder if the airlines are properly prepared for a world of higher temperatures and wilder weather, and therefore more stressful flight conditions in the future.
“A consequence of global warming is that the frequency and severity of such events (severe weather conditions) is higher,” Aleksey Kokorin, head of Russia’s World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Program, told RT. “Unfortunately, the risk for airplanes, especially in tropical areas above water, will be higher. This could be difficult for pilots to understand.”
Kokorin said that global weather conditions are becoming more severe, and the cause goes back to one source: the acceleration of the greenhouse effect due to the activities of man on earth.
“We are seeing the same with other (meteorological) events… We see more powerful typhoons than before. We see more powerful cyclones from the North Atlantic, which causes very heavy rainfall and floods in Europe. These are different events of the same reason: warmer surface of the ocean due to global warming, which is a result of the greenhouse effect, unfortunately man made,” he said.

The notion that recent meteorological events have become more severe has been debunked. But no moonbat will ever let the facts get in his way:

Scientists have studied this issue and come to the opposite conclusion: extreme events are becoming LESS common. Atlantic hurricanes were much more numerous from 1950 to 1975 than from 1975 to present. Hailstorms in the US are 35% less common than they were fifty years ago. Extreme rainfall in the US at the end of the 20th century is comparable to what it was at the beginning of the 20th century. Roger Pielke, Jr, in the journal Climatic Change (1999) said “it is essentially impossible to attribute any particular weather event to global warming.” For flooding, Pielke did list a number of important non-climatic factors that have the potential to influence flooding in the future, including deteriorating dams and levees, changes in land use, building in flood-prone areas, governmental policies, as well as other societal influences. Pielke, R.A., JR. 1999. Nine fallacies of floods. Climatic Change 42: 413-438.

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