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Musings and Meanderings
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
I know it's like beating a dead horse, but I'm so tired of a majority of the Right blindly plodding on and out about how Global Warming is not a fact, that it's nothing to worry about. Their lead figure head (some would say hood ornament) GWB says there is no global warming and since he is their alpha male it must be true. But the scientific (I know, this administration doesn't "do" science) studies are just piling up. Here are a few off the top of my head.
There is a study going on now on the mean temperature of the permafrost in Greenland. Unlike water or air temperature, the temperature of the permafrost a foot or more below the surface does not vary with minute changes in season or dirunally. This study has found a rapid increase in the mean temperature over the last few years, enough so that there is worry that the permafrost may actually go above freezing. Why is this important? The permafrost is decayed frozen organic material. It is a C02 "sink". By thawing it will (not could) release massive amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere. Cheery eh?
A study of the parts per million of Co2 in the Atmosphere by taking samples of air frozen in ice samples shows since the industrial age, the PPM of CO2 has increased threefold, and is accelerating. Makes ya wanna hide eh?
Specific studies of the species specific territories of certain butterflies, mosquitoes and frogs show that in every species, the geographic footprint of these species territory is moving northward. You don't need a PhD in Biology to understand that fact. Scary eh?
This is just three examples of concrete studies whose fact can only be interpreted in one way. The earth is warming, it's warmer now than it has ever been while homo sapiens has been on the planet. And it's getting warmer.
Now aren't you glad you read this today?