We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Washington Post is mocking the climate conference in NYC this week. Here at Maggie's we are skeptical about APW, as we are skeptical about most scientific claims (although we do accept the notion of a spherical earth).
The only reason we write as often as we do about climate is because the subject has been hijacked by people with socio-political agendas. Were it not for that, we'd only be mildly curious. In any event, we suspect that some warming would be a boon to the world economy and food production, and we suspect that the coming Ice Age will be the real threat to humanity in the northern hemisphere.
A graph from Powerline's piece on the conference, which does not extend back to the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago:
And, just for fun, here's the big picture. As the graph shows, we remain in an extended cold spell, historically - in a tiny little interglacial which doesn't even make a dent on a graph with this time scale. As every money manager knows, the way to lie with graphs is to select your time frame. The earth is shivering (graph reads right to left in time):
"...and we suspect that the coming Ice Age will be the real threat to humanity in the northern hemisphere."
You mean eventually, right? It looks to me like we're streaking toward another Medieval Warm Period and, personally, I can't wait. I suppose it's okay to divulge it here, but I'm heavily invested in buying up Greenland real estate. What's a block of ice now will be Palm Springs tomorrow.
"The earth is shivering."
And they said anthropomorphics was a dying art. :)
"although we do accept the notion of a spherical earth"
Given your natural Yankee Skepticism™, that's very brave of you. And the fact that you spoke for all of the bloggers here was, to be frank, somewhat daring. But it's your site, and if the Flat Earth Society has your collective asses tossed in the brig because of federal hate crime violations, well, I'm sure you'll feel that your brave stand was worth it.
We live near "The Museum of the Earth" here in upstate NY. Inside those hallowed walls is a timeline of the earth's temperatures which looks very similar to your posted graphs. Despite this evidence of periodic warming and cooling trends, my liberal cohabitants of the region remain convinced that Global Warming is real and the problem is increased carbon in the atmosphere.
How to argue with those who can so deftly set aside evidence that their own university cohorts have developed, articulated, and created a museum to display?
It is an impossible task, so I merely smile and enjoy riding my bike in December and January, smug in the knowledge that my simple home might some day be a couple of hours closer to the sea.