March 18, 2009

"Ain't Skeered!"


from TIME

In Search of the Climate's Tipping Point

When asked to quantify the impact of climate change, scientists come up with a lot of interesting answers, no two of them quite the same. For the lay person, then, perhaps the simplest way to understand it is to imagine a distant asteroid, somewhere out in space, on a collision course with Earth. It's not clear when or where the asteroid will hit, or exactly how severe the consequences will be. But it is clear that when it happens, the consequences will be far worse — and last far longer — than any natural disaster humanity has ever known.

That is the threat to the planet that many scientists can agree is posed by climate change.Yet the global response to global warming — one of fits and starts, with more hot air than real focus — doesn't exactly resemble the mobilizing opening scenes of disaster flicks like Armageddon or Deep Impact. ......

Well I reckon we're getting somewhere here now it is just many scientist? Not every scientist in the world except some nut job, right wing facist oil drinking looney toon deniers who desrve to be hung from the tallest oil derrick? Progress. More from Time Magazine :

In Africa, drought continues for the sixth consecutive year, adding terribly to the toll of famine victims. During a year record rains in parts of the U.S., Pakistan and Japan caused some of the worst flooding in centuries. In Canada's wheat belt, a particularly chilly and rainy spring has delayed planting and may well bring a disappointingly small harvest. Rainy Britain, on the other hand, has suffered from uncharacteristic dry spells the past few springs. A series of unusually cold winters has gripped the American Far West, while New England and northern Europe have recently experienced the mildest winters within anyone's recollection.

As they review the bizarre and unpredictable weather pattern of the past several years, a growing number of scientists are beginning to suspect that many seemingly contradictory meteorological fluctuations are actually part of a global climatic upheaval. However widely the weather varies from place to place and time to time, when meteorologists take an average of temperatures around the globe they find that the atmosphere has been growing gradually cooler for the past three decades. The trend shows no indication of reversing.....

Whoops sorry that was from 1972-never mind

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