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Climate: another year of living dangerously

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/...angerously

This coming year, according to the Met Office, could be one of the warmest ever. This forecast is the latest in a cascade of ominous observations. Just in the last month US scientists warned that West Antarctica was warming twice as fast as expected, and three times faster than the average for the planet as a whole; and the European Space Agency revealed that snow cover in Europe and Asia in June had been the lowest since satellite observations began 45 years ago. It has been a year of extremes, in which the Arctic summer sea ice fell to its lowest ever; in which the 48 contiguous states of the US experienced the hottest ever temperatures and protracted drought; in which wildfires in the tundra darkened snow over Greenland and precipitated melting at an unprecedented rate. The largest Atlantic hurricane on record crippled New York, while Britain, which began the year with one of the driest winters on record, then experienced what for some counties proved to be the wettest year ever.

And the "drought" is no joke .... my sis lives just outside Perris AR they are cutting off water to crops ...
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#2
Wylie....Could you please explain the benefits of global warming as compared to having a constant non changing climate. I mean in terms of a longer growing season and of course the added bonus of reduced heating costs.Please explain the ice ages and the heat cycles that followed. Is it just me or were folks way back then cruising around in suvs and such..

of course I mean no disrespect and I am looking forward to your answers.
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#3
Think the upside will be in the development of a replacement "fuel" via scientific break throughs

Have great hope in the Large Hadron Collider, even through it will be down all the way through 2014

The modifications should provide invaluable data to achieve a break though in our understanding of "energy"

Another benefit would certainly be the field of Environmental Science, as it applies to our perception of the relationship between science and business ...... and the short and long term bottom line

Which, in the end, would foster a softer look and the environment around us when making decisions concerning "progress"

And no worries and none taken, thanks for asking, as the situation, is impacting some folks, at this time ..........

Seems the focus on the feed back "loop" which is causing this, is not being presented .......

We are seeing a lot of talk in Washington but on fantasy numbers which do not relate to any reality which I'm a part of nor do I ........

But, we are stuck here on that one, but when it starts to mess with ones ability to have water ...... that is another thing all together IMHO SmileSmile
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#4
1. What is the "ideal" temperature of the earth?
2. What is CO2?
3. What is the conc. of CO2 change that Al Gore was so worried about?
4. When did the scientific community have international conferences about "northern hemisphere cooling" affecting worldwide grain harvests?
5. Is the sun's output constant?
6. What did CERN find out last year?
7. Is CO2 a cause or an effect of higher earth temperatures?
8. Is a warm earth or a cold earth better?
9. Do plants take up nutrients if found in excess?

1. unknown, 2. a plant nutrient 3. =/- 120ppm, or 0.012% 4. 1970's 5. not constant 6. CERN in Switzerland found that cosmic rays can affect clowd formation. 7. unknown since warmer earth will let bacteria work faster=CO2 production. 8. Cold earth temperatures would inhibit farming. 9. plants exposed to higher nutrient levels may grow faster and take up those nutrients, e.g. phytoplankton.
6. is significant because a. sun's cosmic ray output varies greatly b. clouds regulate the earth's temperature.
Burning natural gas in cars and whatnot solves any problem anyway, the structure of methane produces less CO2 when burned than gasoline for example.
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#5
1 Don't think there is a thermostat for the "planet"
2 A molecule
3 Al "who"
4 Cooling and warming are cycles, much like: water, nitrogen, et al
5 "Constant" compared to what:
6 In which report?
7 A single "molecule's" fate in the environment is dependent on many factors, and is NOT the same in ALL situations
8 Environmental factors are just that, "factors" ..... and have NO anthropomorphic expression
9 In some cases .....

Sorry, didn't see the answers ...... provided ... interesting Big GrinBig Grin

Another positive ...... Siberia will have warmer winters and beach front property in some locations ... plus access to all those natural resources, which can be seen either as a positive or negative ... WOW now there is a surprise LOL
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#6
Good questions and answers. You would have to agree that the scientific community has been abusing the funding sources as well as governments to feather their beds and push a flawed science. When you marry science with politics and pretend its a new religion, you lose all credibility. This is why most folks just call global warming what it really is. They call it the weather.
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#7
When "free" money is placed in the "trough" and very large institutions are involved .......... would NEVER say, there isn't triplication of: "staffing", "funding", and "programs" AND that cutbacks can not be achieved ............ how, that is/was never something that went over well in staff meetings ....... as most, are trying to "grow" something new each year, and every Department ALWAYS does'n have ENOUGH !!!

However, science IMHO is our only answer, not a business model on energy, or folks that have an MBA in "Government" and/or "Politics" at this time

Kinda like the folks in this picture ... see where the driller on the BP spill, got fined a billion and change ....... yep, that will clean it up just fine

[Image: whatleadership.jpg]
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#8
A staged photo op to lift the spirits but to do noting about the situation at hand. Once must look at the plus side of the spill as it injected billions into the SE economy when the rest of the nations economy was in the tank. These disasters have a great effect on the economy as the hurricanes in recent years have shown. All the money the insurance companies had invested gets sprinkled in the towns that gets destroyed and the results are lots of jobs and lots of sales of building materials,hotel rooms and new cars.

A negative happens and we make a positive out of it. Its what we do. When the weather gets bad, we will find the positives. Looking forward to a better tan and more palm trees....What is bad about that...
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