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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Global Warming: To Rain or Not To Rain

In the UK, everyone's confused. Last year, we had a beautiful summer - very atypical for the UK, and not much rain. The guardian wrote on July 22, 2006 that in the UK, because of global warming,

Rainfall will decline in the summer and the increased deluges in winter will struggle to replenish thirsty reservoirs because much of the water will run off the baked ground.

Now let's fastforward to today. Summer 2007 is very rainy. Yes, it rains a lot in the UK already, so we're seeing more than normal. The guardian's sister newspaper, the independent writes almost exactly one year later, on July 23, 2007,

It's official: the heavier rainfall in Britain is being caused by climate change...Global warming is likely to lead to higher rainfall because a warming atmosphere contains more water vapour and more energy.

So which lefty newpaper is correct? They both are of course. Global warming causes everything in the UK - it just depends upon which year you're in, or which mood you're in, or which side of the bed you wake up on. After reading these brilliant articles, sounds like global warming can be chalked up to a good coin flip. C'mon guys - let's get your story straight. It's hard to save the world, when pseudo science like this is thrown all over the media.