NYTimes: Climate Alarmism Is Good Because Scaremongering Fixed Y2K Bug

Terrifying people about the possibility climate change could eventually destroy Earth is justifiable because alarming citizens about the Y2K bug worked, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Academics and activists have a license to generate some fear among people about what could happen if global warming is not properly addressed, according to NYT writer Farhad Manjoo. He claimed that a little fear can go along way if it rallies people toward a common cause.

Manjoo used the terror created during the Y2K scare as an example of what can be accomplished through fear.

“[S]ometimes, sometimes the worst case is only that prompts us to get anything done,” wrote Manjoo, who covers technology for the paper. He reported on a computer bug in the late-1990s that some predicted would cause government computers to crash and be unable to process information at midnight Jan. 1, 2000.

“I know this because I’ve studied the last time governments, businesses and ordinary citizens joined together to combat a complex, man-made problem that threatened to wreak global havoc in the distant future,” he wrote, referring to the massive effort some tech-types used to eliminate the bug.

Manjoo was responding to academics who have criticized a July 10 article in the New York Magazine that suggested global warming was much worse than anyone could have predicted.

“It is, I promise, worse than you think,” David Wallace-Wells wrote in a more than 7,000-word article for the magazine. He noted  how global warming could make Earth “uninhabitable,” possibly by “the end of this century.”

“If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today,” Wallace-Wells added.

Some climate scientists deemed the piece so outlandish that it was bordering on absurdity.

Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann, for instance, laid into Wallace-Wells, writing on Facebook that there’s “no need to overstate the evidence, particularly when it feeds a paralyzing narrative of doom and hopelessness.”

“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence,” said Mann, who some conservative skeptics have criticized in the past for what they call overhyping global warming. “The article fails to produce it.”

Some academic studies indicate much of climate change can be explained through natural variation within the environment.

Academics have haggled recently over the possibility natural variation plays as big a role with climate change as does human action.

Climate scientists at Germany’s Max Planck Institute, for instance, found earlier this year that there’s too much uncertainty in observational data to determine why there appeared to be a 15-year pause in warming. Scientists argue that “unless the uncertainty of observational estimates can be considerably reduced, the true origin of the recent hiatus may never be determined.”

Max Planck scientists found hiatuses in global warming can be caused by relatively small changes in ocean energy balance, which can originate from the top of the atmosphere or the ocean.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    The New York Slimes(All the Crap that fit to print)now telling us fear mongering for a fruadulent thing like Global Warming/Climate Change proving for the fact Y2K was a fake as well and the fake covers of SLIME(Time)Magazine either showing the earth being poached like a egg or the polarbear and their fake news inside noting to the fact that this very same rag along with Newsreek and of course that leftists rag ROLLINGSTONE as well

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    rakooi

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    As usual, a DAILY CALLER article riddled with half truths or less.
    **
    A rehash of that ignorant comment…no temperature change in 15 years, 18 years, sometimes even 20 years….
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    Never the Less…as reported by 7 INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE TEAMS:
    2014 was the HOTTEST year in recorded history
    until
    2015 was the HOTTEST year in recorded history
    until
    2016 was the HOTTEST year in recorded history

    16 of the 17 HOTTEST years in recorded history have occurred since 2000.

    The Last 20 Years has been the HOTTEST 20 year period in recorded history.

    Science teams around the world, challenged that result when published for critique in a respect science journal…..
    Deep Sea Cores, Ice Cores from 4 Continents, sediment cores, tree rings, fossilized tree rings, stalagmites, other fossils were examined…..
    The Conclusions of these various teams, staggered into publications over a year’s time….THIS 20 YEAR PERIOD IS THE HOTTEST 20 YEARS in thousands of years!

    CO2 traps heat
    .
    According to radiative physics & decades of laboratory measurements, increased CO2 in the atmosphere is expected to absorb more infrared radiation as it escapes back out to space.

    In 1970, NASA launched the IRIS satellite measuring infrared spectra.
    In 1996, the Japanese Space Agency launched the IMG satellite which recorded similar observations.
    Both sets of data were compared to discern any changes in outgoing I.R. energy radiation over the 26 year period .
    .
    GOOGLE: IRIS Satellite
    GOOGLE: Japanese Satellite IMG
    Google this SOURCE: (Harries 2001).
    these research studies have been peer reviewed
    (red team blue team),
    published in respected Science Journals & the science has been repeatedly been Replicated.
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    What they found was a drop in outgoing radiation at the wavelength bands that greenhouse gases such as CO2 and methane (CH4) absorb energy.
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    The reductions in outgoing radiation was consistent with Global Warming theoretical expectations.

    ** Thus these research studies & papers  found “direct experimental evidence for a significant increase in the Earth’s greenhouse effect” and Global Warming.

    (  If Infra Red HEAT Energy, does not escape, it is retained in our Earth System as rising temperatures, warming seas,melting Ice. )

    These results has been confirmed by subsequent Research papers using data from later satellites.
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    Google this SOURCE: (Griggs 2004)
    Google this SOURCE: ( Chen 2007 )

    THIS research has been Peer Reviewed (red team blue team)
    widely published and replicated repeatedly.
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    Change in spectrum from 1970 to 1996 due to trace greenhouse gases.   ‘Brightness temperature’ indicates equivalent blackbody temperature
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    Google this SOURCE: (Harries 2001).
    Peer reviewed (red team blue team), published and replicated.
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    When greenhouse gases absorb infrared radiation, the energy heats the atmosphere which in turn re-radiates infrared radiation in all directions.
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    Much of it makes its way back to the earth’s lower atmosphere.
    .
    Hence we expect to find more infrared radiation heading downwards.
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    Surface measurements from 1973 to 2008 find an increasing trend of infrared radiation returning to earth.
    .
    Google this SOURCE: (Wang 2009)
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    A regional study over the central Alps found that downward infrared radiation is increasing due to the enhanced greenhouse effect.
    .
    Google this SOURCE: (Philipona 2004)
    Peer reviewed (red team blue team) published and replicated.
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    Taking this a step further, an analysis of high resolution spectral data allowed scientists to quantitatively attribute the increase in downward radiation to each of several greenhouse gases.
    .
    Google this SOURCE: (Evans 2006)
    Peer reviewed (red team blue team) published and replicated.
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    The results lead the authors to conclude that “this experimental data should effectively end the argument by skeptics that no experimental evidence exists for the connection between greenhouse gas increases in the atmosphere and global warming.”
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    Spectrum of the greenhouse radiation measured at the surface.
    Greenhouse effect from water vapor is filtered out, showing the contributions of other greenhouse gases.
    .
    Google this SOURCE: (Evans 2006)
    Peer Reviewed (red team blue team),widely published, & replicated.
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    The planet IS accumulating heat
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    When there is more energy coming in than escaping back out to space, our climate accumulates heat. The planet’s total heat build up can be derived by adding up the heat content from the ocean, atmosphere, land and ice.
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    Google this SOURCE: (Murphy 2009)
    Peer reviewed (red team blue team) widely published, & replicated.

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    Rhee

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    Is this some kind of idiotic joke? Farhad Manjoo is hardly the first person to talk about Y2K, indeed the whole concept was being taught by my professors in Math/CS in 1980’s when I was in school. Scaremongering only came about when it became a federal case in the last 2 years of the century. Most of us had been working to build software systems free of the problem during the preceding 20 years. Thus the dud event on the night of New Year 2000, which I had to stay on work alert all night instead of enjoying the party my wife was hosting for friends.

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      Sonnyhill

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      I was stuck at work New Years Eve, December 31st, 1999 as well. Every department manager and assistant mgr missed the new Millennium party too. Turned out to be a hoax that profited IT businesses. Probably insurance companies too. Politicians acknowledge the trick as well, it’s called creating then exploiting a crisis.

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    R. Johnson

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    The entire climate change problem is adequately expressed by the following mathematical proof: CC=√∙€∆⑨⓬∞∫⅟↔↕⅖≡BS∙ⅎ₍⃝₎
    Climate Change = Y2K
    Y2K=BS
    Therefore Climate Change = BS

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    G

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    Manjoo is openly discussing the utilization of PROPAGANDA, not science. He is explaining how it is alright to manipulate people with fear to achieve a political end that he believes is necessary.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Rakooi must be a balloonists their always so full of Hot Air their long and boring lectures and non stop yammering

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