Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: A refresher on Global Cooling. errrr Global Warming
I agree. The fact the earth is getting warmer is obvious - New Englanders see little snow now, and tropical diseases such as West Nile now appear there. Animals move further north in their migration patterns. Polar bears and penquins are having obvious problems adapting to the change in climate to the point large die-offs are now being witnessed. Eskimos report loss of wildlife habitat they depend on. You can't have that much observational data and not admit something is going on. The questions are:
1: How fast is it happening? This has enormous implications for the survival of species. The article I mentioned in this month's Scientific American, which is worth more than a hundred Jayhawk links, is worth the five bucks for the magazine, as it presents good science, and just science, to support the assertion that we are putting more carbon into the environment than critical species can handle.
2: Is it good or bad? If the earth, absent human activity, would be entering an Ice Age anyway, are we actually having a beneficial counter-balancing effect? Is there a possibility it will result in increased food supplies as more rain and more carbon dioxide become available to the flora of the planet?
The evidence I've seen so far is that the rapidity of negative affects is much faster than has been previously thought, and that on balance, animals will die while plants will florish. We are in essence recreating the climatology of the dinosaur age.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address