ACD and AGW – spot the difference

What we know is this: As a whole (including the oceans), on average, over the long term, the Earth is getting warmer; and that it is doing so at a rate equivalent to – or in excess of – that at which it emerged from the last Ice Age. Therefore, since we were already in the middle of a warm inter-glacial period, the question remains, which one of these are we now witnessing: ACD = Anthropogenic Climate Disruption; or AGW = Anthropogenic Global Warming? One is consistent with the reality that Earth’s climate is complicated (whereas the other is not). One is consistent with the fact that it can be unusually cold in one place whilst unusually hot somewhere else (whereas the other is not). One is consistent with the bulk of atmospheric physics; thermodynamics; and the Laws of conservation of Energy, Mass and Water (whereas the other is not). Have you worked out which is which yet? If not, any or all of the following may help: https://anthropocenereality.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/moisture-cold-air-snow/ https://anthropocenereality.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/conserving-mass-water-and-energy/ https://anthropocenereality.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/christopher-booker-an-illogical-sceptic/

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About Rick Altman

Possibly just another 'Climate Cassandra' crying 'Wolf' in cyberspace. However, the moral of the old children's story is that the Wolf eventually turned up!
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11 Responses to ACD and AGW – spot the difference

  1. Patrice Ayme says:

    Let me suggest ABD: Anthropogenic Biosphere Destruction

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  2. pendantry says:

    “One is consistent with the fact that it can be unusually cold in one place whilst unusually hot somewhere else (whereas the other is not).” I don’t follow. The biosphere, globally, is warming (AGW); the climate is being disrupted as a result of this (ACD). The cause is man-made. We are witnessing both AGW and ACD; the former leads to the latter.

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    • Rick Altman says:

      Thanks Colin. You may well be right. However, my point is that it is easy for people with a simplistic notion of what human activity is doing (i.e. AGW rather than ACD) to continue to believe that we are not affecting the Earth’s climate (because there has been no significant warming since 1998, etc…).

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      • pendantry says:

        (because there has been no significant warming since 1998, etc…) Rick, I’m surprised at you; I thought you knew better than to encourage the spread of misinformation! 😛 I agree, it is easy to miscommunicate using abbreviations. In fact it’s worse than that: I had a conversation a while back with someone who was convinced that all abbreviations were acronyms (not the other way around). I gave up when I had confirmed that she was actually trying to tell me all fingers were thumbs. It’s a funny old world…

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      • Rick Altman says:

        “…all fingers are thumbs.” Nice one! Do I really need to insert a clarification into what I wrote? Only if I am going to be quote-mined…

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