McKibben – “Human actions have caused temperature to rise a collective two degrees Celcius across the globe”

McKibben, who has been called the “world’s best green journalist” by Time Magazine, discussed 350.org, his worldwide campaign against climate change, and the dangers of global warming.

“When you have heat like that, it manifests in many ways,” McKibben said. “Warm air holds more vapor than cold air, effectively loading the dice for deluges. What we’re seeing here is snake eyes — just look at Pakistan.”

Human activity has sent Earth “profoundly out of balance,” he said. Human actions have caused temperature to rise a collective two degrees Celcius across the globe, he said.

He described his experiences in Bangladesh last year during an outbreak of dengue fever, a disease spread by mosquito bites. The rapid and intense occurrence of the tropical disease was caused by an upsurge of the mosquito population in the region — sparked by increasingly warmer temperatures, he said.

“This is not fair that those 150 million people — half the population of the U.S. — have to suffer for our carbon emissions,” McKibben said.

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9 Responses to McKibben – “Human actions have caused temperature to rise a collective two degrees Celcius across the globe”

  1. suyts says:

    2 degrees?… .hmm….. http://www.woodfortrees.org/plot/gistemp/from:1910/plot/gistemp/from:1910/trend

    Nope, not even close. If by “world’s best green journalist” the most misleading one, maybe, but he has a lot of competition.

  2. mike williams says:

    Thank god it had nothing to do with us coming out of an ice age..

  3. gofer says:

    When they told their first outright lie and nobody noticed, it encouraged them to just continue on because now they knew it was ignorant and gullible people who were the audience. Notice, outside the leaders, all the followers are young airheads who need a dose of reality and try to make a real living rather than living off the govt. or their trusts.

    I’ve been closely following all this for over 7 years and it’s alarming what they get away with and obviously nobody ever checks them. It’s amazing and often times enraging because the lies are becoming blatant.

  4. Mike Davis says:

    This is a guy than could not even write for Mad Magazine of the Onion. He is so bad National Enquirer probably will not print his delusions. However being the “Respectable” RAG they have become this is probably the height of quality we can expect from a once respected magazine.
    Now Time is the modern day Pravda.

  5. Andy Weiss says:

    These Time Magazine pseudo-journalists are so full of themselves and think they are so with it. They are so out of touch with reality that it makes you want to puke.

  6. gofer says:

    It’s like they have been living in some utopia and suddenly it’s going bad with things that NEVER happened before. It’s hard to understand if these are mental problems, ego problems, con-men, or people scared of their shadow. It’s obvious they aren’t real when they spout outright lies which are easily disproven.

  7. Justa Joe says:

    “…the mosquito population in the region — sparked by increasingly warmer temperatures, he said.” – “This is not fair that those 150 million people — half the population of the U.S. — have to suffer for our carbon emissions,” McKibben said.

    This guy has presented no real empirical evidence on which to base such an alarming and viscious accusation. Can he demonstrate that the temperature in that area has actually increased? Has he demonstrated that the rate of Dengue fever there is higher that any time previous? Has he eliminated any other cause for increase in misquitos? Has there even been an increase in misquito population density? Does the DDT ban or other abatement issues factor into play here? Absent the contextual information his claim is unfounded. All my life there has always been some type of 3rd world disease crisis somewhere in the world. Now they get attributed to AGW.

    Now if as McKibben claims his 2 degrees celcius increase, which he seems to suggest is universal, is in fact true where is his reportage on the other beneficial aspects of this rise in temperature. Surely 2 degrees temperature rise would results in some good things as well? i.e. longer growing seasons, greater land utilization. ability for more diversified crops?

  8. alexjc38 says:

    Re Bill McKibben’s relating the upsurge in mosquito population to “increasingly warmer temperatures”, the World Health Organisation tells a very different story about the spread of dengue fever:
    http://www.who.int/csr/disease/dengue/impact/en/index.html

    “Dengue and dengue haemorrhagic fever are present in urban and suburban areas in the Americas, South-East Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Western Pacific and dengue fever is present mainly in rural areas in Africa. Several factors have combined to produce epidemiological conditions in developing countries in the tropics and subtropics that favour viral transmission by the main mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti: rapid population growth, rural-urban migration, inadequate basic urban infrastructure (eg. unreliable water supply leading householders to store water in containers close to homes) and increase in volume of solid waste, such as discarded plastic containers and other abandoned items which provide larval habitats in urban areas. Geographical expansion of the mosquito has been aided by international commercial trade particularly in used tyres which easily accumulate rainwater. Increased air travel and breakdown of vector control measures have also contributed greatly to the global burden of dengue and DHF.”

    Nothing on that WHO web page about increasing temperatures, man-made or otherwise.

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