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Global Warming Images and 7 Arguments Debunking Them

By    |   Thursday, 23 October 2014 03:42 PM

As images that seem to prove global warming float around the Internet, some sources are putting forward their reasons not to worry.

Here are eight global warming images and a counterpoint argument:

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1. Glacier Melt — Arctic Circle

photo via NASA

The International Institute of Climate Change says this photo demonstrates how global warming caused arctic sea ice to be reduced by half from 1984 to 2012.

• Argument: ClimateDepot.com reported in 2012 that multiple peer-reviewed studies found the arctic ice shifts are not proof of man-made global warming.

2. Ice Melt — Muir Glacier

photo via NASA

Photos compare the Alaskan glacier from 1882 and 2005 (top), and from 1941 to 2004 (bottom), demonstrating how global warming is causing a massive ice melt.

• Argument: WattsUpWithThat.com says the NOAA has a National Ice Center Interactive Multisensor Snow and Ice Mapping System, which shows there is not a record low level of arctic ice.

3. Drought — California

photo via NASA

Decreased rainfall and declining winter snowpack in the Sierra Nevadas is leading to California’s most severe drought in decades. In 2013, California received less precipitation than in any other year since 1950, when it became a state.

• Argument: Climate models used to link California’s drought to manmade global warming are not realistic representations of climate in the eastern North Pacific, according to WattsUpWithThat.com.

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4. Ice Shelf Calving — Pine Island, Antarctica

photo via NASA

An iceberg estimated to be 22 by 12 miles separated from Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier in November 2013. The iceberg is about 50 percent larger than others in the past.

• Argument: ClimateDepot.com reported in December of 2013 that global sea ice was actually at its highest level in 25 years.

5. Ice Melt — Cotopaxi Glacier, Ecuador

photo via NASA

The Cotopaxi Glacier helps provide fresh water and hydroelectric power to Ecuador’s capital city, Quito. These photos show the glacier melting from 1986-2007. The ice mass decreased 38.5 percent from 1976 to 2006.

• Argument: In May 2014, RealScience.com reported global sea ice levels are expanding rapidly, nearing a record high and the highest in 32 years.

6. Carbon dioxide pollution

image via NASA

Images from 2003 and 2007 show carbon dioxide spreading around the globe.

• Argument: The website PlantsNeedCO2.org says there is no proof that CO2 is causing climate changes. The site says multiple articles demonstrate that CO2 changes haven't been as prevalent as temperature changes throughout history.

7. Global warming

image via NASA

Maps show that the Earth’s average surface temperature rose by 1.3 degrees F since 1880, with two-thirds of the warming taking place since 1975.

• Argument: FriendsofScience.org reports that satellites, weather balloons, and ground stations all show cooling since 2001 and that the “mild warming” over the 20th century is wthin natural planet temperature variations recorded over time.

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As images that seem to prove global warming float around the Internet, some sources are putting forward their reasons not to worry. Here are seven global warming images and a counterpoint argument.
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