Tuesday, April 1, 2008

What's Happened to Global Warming


As I write this post, hydro service has just been restored in Collingwood and area after a day filled with much milder temperatures, rain and severe winds. As shown in the accompanying photo of the Beaver River in Thornbury, the spring run-off is phenomenal, unlike any I can remember seeing in quite some some. Conversely, this past weekend saw the area basking in cold, sunny days with ski conditions more indicative of a day in mid-January on the calendar versus the end of March first of April. For the most part it's been quite a winter all across Canada with most people asking what's happened to "global warming?"
A recent article in the National Post entitled "Perhaps the climate change models are wrong" suggests that perhaps things are not as they seem or are being portrayed by the climate change "alarmists." As outlined in the article, there are currently 3,000 monitors cruising through the world's oceans, recording water temperatures at various depths, then surfacing 30 to 40 times per year in order to upload their collective data to satellites for transmission to research labs wherein the data is analyzed.
Data collected over the past five years has yet to detect and or confirm the theory of global warming. In reality, the combined data has detected a slight cooling of the world's oceans. Further, NASA has eight weather satellites collecting 300,000 surface temperatures over the earth daily the results of which equate to a 0.14 degree celsius change per decade, well within the natural variation of temperature and far less that what the climate change models are predicting.
One thing does appear certain, we are seeing much more eratic weather patterns than in the past with significant swings in temperatures and overall conditions from one day and or week to the next. The term "climate change" may in fact be accurate it just might not necessarily mean that global warming is in fact taking place. To read the full National Post article, click on the link below.

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Rick relocated to Collingwood from Toronto in 1985 through a transfer with Goodyear Canada. In 1987 Rick was recruited by a major client of Goodyear’s, managing their Canadian business based in Barrie before moving to Chicago in 1992 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Upon returning to Canada in 1996, Rick ran an industrial products manufacturing company in Stratford, Ontario. In 1998 Rick returned to Collingwood with his two children. Rick is a licensed real estate Broker with Royal LePAGE Locations North in Collingwood and holds his MVA designation (Market Value Appraiser-Residential). He is an active volunteer in the community serving several years on the Board of Directors with the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer, 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® of which he is the Past President (2008) and currently serves on a committee with the Ontario Real Estate Association. Rick is a diverse executive manager with extensive experience in strategic planning, manufacturing, finance, human resources and quality assurance management.