Speedy seems to forget that the continental United States is a tiny, tiny part of the planet as a whole. Please be reminded that the term is GLOBAL WARMING, not continental US warming. Australian heat wave, warmer than normal in Alaska, warm temps and slushy snow in Sochi, etc. It's a big world out there Speedy, but you know that.
Simply stating that I am full of sht is not a very compelling argument. An inquiry by Mann's university, Penn State, found no evidence of directly or indirectly falsified data. The National Science Foundation found no research misconduct, and a National Academy of Sciences review of research found: "The basic conclusion of Mann et al. (1998, 1999) was that the late 20th century warmth in the Northern Hemisphere was unprecedented during at least the last 1,000 years. This conclusion has subsequently been supported by an array of evidence that includes the additional large-scale surface temperature reconstructions and documentation of the spatial coherence of recent warming described above (Cook et al. 2004, Moberg et al. 2005, Rutherford et al. 2005, D’Arrigo et al. 2006, Osborn and Briffa 2006, Wahl and Ammann in press), and also the pronounced changes in a variety of local proxy indicators described in previous chapters (e.g., Thompson et al. in press). Based on the analyses presented in the original papers by Mann et al. and this newer supporting evidence, the committee finds it plausible that the Northern Hemisphere was warmer during the last few decades of the 20th century than during any comparable period over the preceding millennium."
I will admit to being wrong about one thing: the defamation suit against the National Review is not moving into the discovery phase, because the National Review filed another appeal. For some reason, the National Review is in no hurry to air the facts of this case in court.
Drjohncar's post states that "The leading "climate" guy was found to be a fraud who fudged his data." Drjohncar does not name this leading climate guy, but I believe he is talking about a scientist named Michael Mann, who is known for the "hockey stick" global temperature graph. While the National Review may have called Mann a fraud, they were not able to substantiate it, and their "evidence" was shown to be taken out of context. This is old news, but it is a simple case where the conservative lie was told loudly and boldly, and lives on regardless of the facts. Mann currently has a defamation suit pending against the National Review, and it is moving into the discovery phase.
Ok, I'll play. You copied a rather simplified article about carbonic acid from the internet, one that discusses the buffering effect of weak acids. How exactly do you think this relates to decreased pH in ocean water due to higher concentrations of carbonic acid (which is caused by higher CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere)?