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A complete list of things caused by global warming

Agricultural land increase, Africa devastated, African aid threatened, Africa hit hardest, air pressure changes, Alaska reshaped, allergies increase, Alps melting, Amazon a desert, American dream endamphibians breeding earlier (or not)ancient forests dramatically changed, animals head for the hills, Antarctic grass flourishes, anxietyalgal blooms, archaeological sites threatened, Arctic bogs melt, Arctic in bloom, Arctic lakes disappear, asthma, Atlantic less salty, Atlantic more salty, atmospheric defianceatmospheric circulation modified, attack of the killer jellyfish, avalanches reduced, avalanches increasedbananas destroyed, bananas grow, beetle infestation, bet for $10,000,  better beer, big melt faster, billion dollar research projects, billions of deaths, bird distributions change, bird visitors drop, birds return early, blackbirds stop singing, blizzards, blue mussels return, bluetongue, boredom, bridge collapse (Minneapolis), Britain Siberian, British gardens change, brothels struggle, bubonic plague, budget increases, Buddhist temple threatenedbuilding collapse, building season extension, bushfires, business opportunities, business risks butterflies move northcancer deaths in England, cardiac arrestcaterpillar biomass shift, cave paintings threatened, challenges and opportunities, childhood insomnia, Cholera, circumcision in decline, cirrus disappearance, civil unrest, cloud increase, cloud stripping,   cockroach migration, cod go south, cold climate creatures survive, cold spells (Australia), computer models, conferences, coral bleaching, coral reefs dying, coral reefs grow, coral reefs shrink ,  cold spells, cost of trillions, cougar attacks, cremation to end, crime increase, crocodile sex, crumbling roads, buildings and sewage systems, cyclones (Australia), damages equivalent to $200 billionDarfur, Dartford Warbler plaguedeath rate increase (US), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, dermatitis, desert advance, desert life threatened, desert retreatdestruction of the environment, diarrhoea, disappearance of coastal citiesdiseases move north, Dolomites collapse, drought, drowning peopleducks and geese decline, dust bowl in the corn belt, early marriages, early spring, earlier pollen seasonEarth biodiversity crisis, Earth dying, Earth even hotter, Earth light dimming, Earth lopsided, Earth melting, Earth morbid fever, Earth on fast track, Earth past point of no return, Earth slowing down, Earth spinning out of control, Earth spins faster, Earth to explode, earth upside downEarth wobbling, earthquakes, El Niño intensification, erosion, emerging infections, encephalitis, equality threatened, Europe simultaneously baking and freezing,   evolution accelerating, expansion of university climate groups, extinctions (human, civilisation,  logic, Inuit, smallest butterfly, cod, ladybirds, bats, pandas, pikas, polar bears, pigmy possums, gorillas, koalaswalrus, whales, frogs, toads, turtles, orang-utanelephants, tigers, plants, salmon, troutwild flowers, woodlice, penguins, a million species, half of all animal and plant speciesmountain speciesnot polar bears, barrier reef, leaches), experts muzzled, extreme changes to California, fading fall foliage, faminefarmers go under, fashion disaster, fever,figurehead sacked, fir cone bonanza, fish catches drop fish catches rise, fish stocks at risk, fish stocks decline, five million illnesses, flesh eating disease, flood patterns change, floods,  floods of beaches and cities, Florida economic decline, food poisoningfood prices rise, food security threat (SA)footpath erosion, forest decline, forest expansion, frostbite, frosts, fungi fruitful, fungi invasion, games change, Garden of Eden wilts, genetic diversity decline, gene pools slashed, giant squid migrate, gingerbread houses collapse, glacial earthquakes, glacial retreat,  glacial growth, glacier wrapped, global cooling, global dimming, glowing clouds, god melts, golf Masters wrecked, Gore omnipresence, grandstanding, grasslands wetter, Great Barrier Reef 95% dead, Great Lakes dropgreening of the NorthGrey whales lose weight, Gulf Stream failure, habitat loss, Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome,   harvest increase, harvest shrinkage, hay fever epidemic, hazardous waste sites breached, health of children harmed, heart disease, heart attacks and strokes (Australia), heat waves,  hibernation ends too soon, hibernation ends too late, homeless 50 million, hornets, high court debates, human development faces unprecedented reversal, human fertility reduced, human health improvement, human health risk, human race oblivion, hurricanes, hurricane reduction, hydropower problems, hyperthermia deaths, ice sheet growth, ice sheet shrinkage, illness and death, inclement weather, infrastructure failure (Canada), Inuit displacement, Inuit poisoned, Inuit suing, industry threatened, infectious diseases,  inflation in China, insurance premium rises, invasion of catsinvasion of herons, invasion of midges island disappears, islands sinking, itchier poison ivy, jellyfish explosion, Kew Gardens taxed, kitten boom, krill decline, lake and stream productivity decline, lake shrinking and growing, landslides, landslides of ice at 140 mph, lawsuits increaselawsuit successful,  lawyers' income increased (surprise surprise!), lightning related insurance claims, little response in the atmosphere, lush growth in rain forests, Lyme diseaseMalaria, malnutrition,  mammoth dung melt, Maple syrup shortage, marine diseases, marine food chain decimated, marine dead zone, Meaching (end of the world), megacryometeors, Melanoma, methane emissions from plants, methane burps, melting permafrost, Middle Kingdom convulses, migration, migration difficult (birds), microbes to decompose soil carbon more rapidly, monkeys on the move, Mont Blanc grows, monuments imperiled, more bad air days,   more research neededmountain (Everest) shrinking,  mountains break up, mountains taller, mortality lower, mudslides,  National security implications, natural disasters  quadruple, new islands, next ice age, Nile delta damaged, noctilucent clouds, no effect in IndiaNorthwest Passage opened, nuclear plants bloomoaks move north, ocean acidification, ocean waves speed up, opera house to be destroyed, outdoor hockey threatenedoyster diseases, ozone loss, ozone repair slowed, ozone rise, Pacific dead zone, personal carbon rationingpest outbreaks, pests increasephenology shiftsplankton blooms, plankton destabilised, plankton loss, plant virusesplants march north polar bears aggressive, polar bears cannibalistic polar bears drowning, polar bears starvepolar tours scrapped, porpoise astray, profits collapse, psychosocial disturbances, puffin declinerailroad tracks deformed, rainfall increase, rainfall reduction, rape wave, refugees, reindeer larger, release of ancient frozen viruses, resorts disappear, rice threatened, rice yields crash,  riches, rift on Capitol Hill, rioting and nuclear war,  rivers dry up, river flow impacted, rivers raised, roads wear out, rockfalls, rocky peaks crack apart, roof of the world a desert, Ross river diseaseruins ruined, salinity reduction, salinity increaseSalmonella, salmon stronger, satellites accelerate, school closures, sea level rise, sea level rise faster, seals mating more, sewer bills rise, severe thunderstorms, sex change, sharks booming, sharks moving north, sheep shrink, shop closures, shrinking ponds, shrinking shrine, ski resorts threatened, slow death, smaller brains, smog, snowfall increase, snowfall heavy, snowfall reduction,  societal collapse, songbirds change eating habits, sour grapes, space problem, spiders invade Scotland, squid population explosion, squirrels reproduce earlier, spectacular orchids, storms wetter, stormwater drains stressed, street crime to increasesuicide, Tabasco tragedy, taxes, tectonic plate movement, teenage drinking, terrorism, threat to peace, ticks move northward (Sweden), tides rise, tourism increase, trade barriers, trade winds weakened, tree beetle attacks, tree foliage increase (UK), tree growth slowed, trees could return to Antarctic, trees in trouble, trees less colourfultrees more colourful, trees lush, tropics expansion, tropopause raised, tsunamis, turtles crash, turtles lay earlier, UK Katrina, Vampire moths, Venice flooded, volcanic eruptions, walrus displaced, walrus pups orphaned, war, wars over water, wars sparked, wars threaten billions, water bills double, water supply unreliabilitywater scarcity (20% of increase), water stress, weather out of its mind, weather patterns awry, weeds, Western aid cancelled outWest Nile fever, whales move north, wheat yields crushed in Australia, white Christmas dream ends, wildfireswind shift, wind reduced,  wine - harm to Australian industry, wine industry damage (California) wine industry disaster (US) wine - more English, wine -German boon, wine - no more French winters in Britain colder, wolves eat more moose, wolves eat less, workers laid off, World bankruptcy, World in crisis, World in flames, Yellow fever.

and all on 0.006 deg C per year! 

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Added note: Unfortunately, the task of dealing with broken links has proved too onerous. We can only offer the promise that all were live when added.

Thanks to correspondents for additional entries; especially, as always, Our Man in Puerto Rico.

Chilled By The Heat

By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Wednesday, December 12, 2007 4:20 PM PT

Climate Change: The Midwest is frozen stiff, but global warming alarmists won't cool off. Not bound by clear thinking, they can aver that blistering hot and bitter cold are both caused by man burning fossil fuels.

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If the zealots are right, global warming is the cause of just about any earthly ill or phenomenon. Hotter weather? It's caused by global warming. Colder weather? Global warming again. More rain? Global warming. Drought? Global warming.

Even an increase in vampire moths, insects that consume human blood, has been blamed on global warming.

In a tribute to rational thinking, and a welcome repudiation of silliness, John Brignell, a British engineering professor, has compiled "a complete list of things caused by global warming." Each of the more than 600 entries links to a story in which some so-called expert or "researcher" blames global warming for an unusual event, man-caused or no.

Taken individually, the items might seem to have some foundation in reality. It's plausible, of course, that a warmer world could cause glaciers to retreat or trigger an increase in malaria. But taken cumulatively (see, the foolishness quickly comes into focus.

For example, is global warming really causing both more and less rainfall? Larger and smaller harvests? Shrinking and growing ice sheets? How about dying and flourishing coral reefs, or rising and falling fish stocks?

Also attributed to global warming are: riots, nuclear war, frostbite, Earth fever, the Minneapolis bridge collapse, a boom in kittens and sharks, a bust in ducks and geese, struggling brothels, faster ocean waves, higher sewer bills, a spider invasion of Scotland, an end to cremation, and pay raises for lawyers.

There's also the inevitable catalog of extinctions — everything from wood lice to humans and leeches to pikas (rabbit-like creatures that live in the mountains).

One outcome Brignell doesn't have on his list — oblivion — can now be added. That is what awaits, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday at the United Nations global warming conference in Bali, if a comprehensive agreement on stopping climate change is not reached.

Not a lot of science in that statement, but it's just the sort of mystical nonsense that can be expected out of the United Nations.

But it took a spiritual man to bring clarity to the issue. In remarks planned for Pope Benedict XVI's annual World Peace Day address on Jan. 1, released Wednesday, the pontiff reminds the world that the global warming debate should be based on science, not "ideological pressure" used "to draw hasty conclusions."