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Global warming nuts turn to worm poop

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With the actual raw data proving that the earth’s temperature has remained pretty constant for the last 15 years, global warming enthusiasts now find renewed hope in using worm poop to prove their case.

British scientists announced Monday that calcite granules, contained in earthworm excretions, could help “scientists to piece together the prevailing weather conditions thousands of years ago,” according to an advisory published in EurekAlert.

“There are many conflicting theories about why earthworms produce calcite granules, but until now, the small lumps of chalk-like material found in earthworm poop have been seen as little more than a biological curiosity,” University of York’s Professor Mark Hodson said. “However, our research shows they may well have an important role to play, offering a window into past climates.”

The University of Reading’s Dr. Emma Versteegh said of the discovery, “This knowledge about past climates is of vital importance for developing and benchmarking climate models that make predictions for the future. Many different proxies already exist, but no proxy is perfect, or is available in every location, so it is good to have many different ones.” Versteegh is with the University’s from the Department of Geography and Environmental Science.

In reporting on the discovery, The Raw Story, a progressive publication, offered the following commentary:

This window into past climates is especially helpful to scientists who study climatic patterns, particularly as they relate to global warming. There is no longer a debate in the scientific community as to whether the planet’s annual average temperature is warming due to human activity, but because man-made recordings of the temperature only go back about 150 years there remains some discussion as to whether this warming is without precedent.

Global warming’s “debate in the scientific community” rages on, with former global warming supporters now becoming opponents. The reason for their change of heart is simple — the data indicate otherwise.

“It’s appropriate to jump off a ship when it begins to take on water,” Cato Institute climate scholar Patrick Michaels said according to the Daily Caller. “If you look at the monthly temperature anomalies from the University of East Anglia you see no significant trend in any direction going back to the fall of 1996 which would put us at 17 years of no trend.”

Three thousand years ago, soothsayers in ancient Greece examined bird entrails to divine what lay ahead in the future. Al Gore acolytes now suggest using worm poop to do much the same. Have we really progressed?

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