March 25, 2009 It just goes to show you what a bad state the education system is in when just 51% of the population believe that climate change is caused by human activities. Among Americans who say that climate change is caused by human activity, the profile breakdown is 45 percent female and 55 percent male.
More (64 percent) 18- to 34-year-olds believe humans cause climate change than any other age group. Americans who believe climate change is caused by human activity are almost twice as likely to buy more green products in this economy than Americans who believe it occurs naturally. According to a separate question in the same telephone survey, four out of five (82%) people say they are still buying green products and services today—which sometimes cost more—even in the midst of a U.S.
Fifty-five percent of people with at least some college education believe climate change is caused by human activities.
More than half (56%) of the people who believe that electricity from renewable resources is the most beneficial thing for the environment believe climate change is caused by human activities. Of those who don’t buy green products, 40 percent believe climate change is occurring naturally. Americans who say climate change needs to be proven scientifically are still recycling and using green cleaning and personal care products.
Last week the United States and China signed a landmark agreement to combat climate change. However, from my perspective as a paleontologist who has spent decades studying the impacts of climate change, both before and after people got into the act, there is an even bigger reason to forge global climate agreements.
Mass extinction means that at least three out every four species you are familiar with die out. Today, even without human-caused climate change thrown into the mix, most scientists agree that we -- Homo sapiens -- have been pushing the world towards the sixth mass extinction from such long-recognized human pressures as habitat destruction (for instance from deforestation or pollution), poaching, and overfishing. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has determined that, as a result of such pressures, at last count, well over 20,000 species are now threatened with extinction.
Adding today's human-caused climate change -- and especially the accelerated changes projected under business-as-usual scenarios -- into the milieu of extinction drivers is like adding a match to gasoline.
Easier than adapting, of course, is simply up and moving, which species have been known to do during past times of climate change, though none of those past climate changes was as rapid as what is happening today. Avoiding such dire scenarios requires a multi-pronged effort to address all known extinction drivers -- including protecting remaining habitats, halting poaching, cleaning up pollution, slowing and stabilizing human population growth, and ascribing economic value to biodiversity in general and to keeping species like elephants and tigers alive rather than selling their bodies for parts.

But human-caused climate change has fundamentally changed the extinction game to one we are destined to lose if we simply continue business as usual. Maybe that is the real reason why Jupiter is named after Zeus who was the god of lighting and storms.
Opinion Research Corporation surveyed 1,000 people in late January and found that 29% believe climate change is occurring naturally, 15% believe climate change needs to be proven scientifically either way and 3% believe climate change doesn’t exist. The follow-up to last week's historic climate agreement between the United States and China will be telling.
Barnosky is a professor in the Department of Integative Biology, a curator at the Museum of Paleontology, and a research paleoecologist at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley. This is real science.In the past the Earth climate was governed by changes in solar activity.Why does solar activity fluctuate anyway? But a new study supports the theory that climate change was largely responsible.Analyzing ancient pollen grains from Cyprus, researchers concluded that a massive drought hit the region about 3,200 years ago.
Ancient writings have described crop failures, famines and invasions about the same time, suggesting that the drying trend triggered a chain of events that led to widespread societal collapse of these Late Bronze Age civilizations.Before their downfall, the Aegeans, Hittites, Egyptians and Syro-Palestinians had formed a complex, economically linked network in the eastern Mediterranean. But about 1200 BC, they "disappeared completely from history," said Lee Drake, an archaeologist at the University of New Mexico who was not involved in the study.What led to the large-scale demise of these civilizations has remained "one of the mysteries of the ancient world," researchers wrote in the journal PLOS One on Wednesday.
But these relied mainly on ancient texts and art.Recent technological advances have allowed archaeologists to put the climate change theory to the test. Or does it have some external cause? HOW CAN JUPITER AFFECT THE SUN?Before you start to think about it, it may sound like astrology to you.
Researchers also recovered less charcoal in more recent sediments, indicating less fire building and, it would stand to reason, fewer people.Their findings closely match archaeological evidence of the collapse of civilizations in the region.
The last trace of Late Bronze Age artifacts dates to the same time as the climate shift, while hieroglyphs and cuneiform texts describe famines and waves of mysterious "sea people" raiding Egypt, Turkey, Syria and Palestinea€™s shores about the same time. Archaeologists can now conclude they were probably eastern Mediterraneans fleeing their inhospitable homelands, seeking new areas to settle.By combining environmental and archaeological data, the study marks "the first time we have anything resembling a crime scene investigation inA  archeology," Drake said.
16: An earlier version of this post said that once-flourishing civilizations along the eastern Mediterranean coast collapsed about 1300 BC.
The Sun moves within an area of 0,02 AU (astronomical unit, distance Earth-Sun) or 4,34 of the solar disc, that is, tj. In the late 17th century, during the Maunder minimum there were no sunspots on the Sun and the temperatures on Earth went down (Little  Ice Age).

During the Maunder minimum the treerings were much thinner (or none), because there was less precipitation.
Some people even suggest, that Stradivari's violins (made in the Maunder Minimum era) are so great, because they were made from dense slowly-growing wood.
After one Jose cycle the planets, namely Jupiter and Saturn, return the the same position towards each other. As Ivanka Charvatova points out, the inertial movements of the Sun also have a cycle of the same length. And the Earth climate also has such cycle (Suess cycle) - space weather, Earth temperatures and C14 levels fluctuate in synchronicity. According to Charvatova, there is a 2402 years long cycle in the changes of position between the Jupiter, barycentre and the Sun. Now in 2009 we know, that the prediction of a weak 24th sunspot cycle was correct.We do not know yet, how exactly the inertial mechanism works.
Can origin of the 2400-year cycle of the solar activity be caused by solar inertial motion? With-in each cycle an exceptional segment of 370 years hasbeen found characterized by a looping pattern by atrefoil or quasitrefoil geometry.
Solarmotion is computable in advance, so this provides abasis for future predictive assessments. Phase synchronization of the sunspot cycle and the SIMis found and statistically con?rmed in three epochs (1734{1790, 1855{1875 and1907{1960) of the whole period 1700{2000.
These results give quantitative supportto the hypothesis that there is a weak interaction between the solar activity andthe SIM.3) Richard Mackey. Rhodes also researched the idea that the planets might have a role inproducing the sun?s variable activity.
If they do and if the sun?s variable activity regulates climate, thenultimately the planets may regulate it. Thiscould be decisive regarding the predictions about emergent Sunspot Cycle No 24, including the sim hypothesis.According to the sim hypothesis, this cycle should be like Sunspot Cycle No 14, and be followed by two that willcreate a brief ice age.

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