June 11, 2009

which way does the wind blow

The beauty of climate change (aka global warming) for so called journalist and so called scientist, it can do anything you want it too. For the informed public this is a well known phenomenon, for the scientist and the journalist that report on it-not so much.

Do you want a scary story or research funds? Just tie it to climate change (aka global warming) and you have a sure fire source for either a scary story or research funding, depending on your profession. Though scientist have become so adept at media spin and manipulation that there is not much difference.

Earlier this week there was much chatter in the media about the study that showed the possibility that global warming was decreasing winds, see below.


(excerpt from)
Not so windy: Research suggests winds dying down

The wind, a favorite power source of the green energy movement, seems to be dying down across the United States. And the cause, ironically, may be global warming — the very problem wind power seeks to address.

The idea that winds may be slowing is still a speculative one, and scientists disagree whether that is happening. But a first-of-its-kind study suggests that average and peak wind speeds have been noticeably slowing since 1973, especially in the Midwest and the East......

Of course the beauty of climate change (aka global warming) is that it can cause two opposite affects simultaneously in order to generate fear in the public which in turn is used to enrich both journalist and scientist. This is proved in the story below where global warming is blamed for possibly increasing winds

FROM- PhysOrg
(excerpt from)
Global warming increasing the dispersal of flora in Northern forests

June 11th, 2009
As a result of stronger winds caused by global warming, seeds and pollen are being carried over longer distances. An increase in temperature of only a couple of degrees may increase the dispersal of plants in Northern forests and the spread of plant species into forest clearings after felling or forest fires. ....

I guess the argument can be made that since one study is based on research done in Europe and the other on research done in North America, it is possible that this is just a case of another new journalistic and scientific truth. Global Warming effects don't need to be global if they generate good copy or research funding.

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