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3° To Treading Warm Salty Water

It’s Global Warming Believe It Or Not

0428luk2This will be a totally different planet with an increase of just 3 °C (5 1/2 °F), in our global warming, a planet that hasn’t existed for millions of years. There was no humans when it was 3 degrees warmer. Some scientist say that may be the tipping point, when changes in the world’s climate could cascade out of control.

The Antarctic Ice Sheet holds nearly 90% of the world’s ice and 70% of its fresh water. If the entire ice sheet were to melt, sea level would rise by nearly 220 feet, or the height of a 20-story building. Scientists know there’s a melting trend underway. The United Nations has said that in a worst-case scenario (depending on how much global air temperatures increase), seas could jump 3 feet (1 meter) by 2100.

This past July was the hottest the world’s oceans have been in almost 130 years of record-keeping.

090805-geo-engineering-02We are on the verge of passing irreversible tipping points, meaning even though catastrophic impacts might not be evident for some decades, present delay in curbing this planetary warming could mean the point of no return is imminent. This means we can no longer afford to sit placidly by as the powers that be, i.e. governments, media, and industry, placates us with green politically correct pleasantries, all the while our planet’s atmosphere evolves into one akin to Venus’. In October AP reported that just 57% of Americans think there is solid evidence the world is getting warmer, down 20 points in just three years. Ergo the old saying: If a frog is placed in hot water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water and slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death.

Representatives of 192 governments will meet in Copenhagen for UN talks in December ( 7-18 ) for addressing climate change. It is crucial for focusing on the details of a new global climate agreement for when the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. So, talk it up with everybody, pass the word to pay serious attention to these talks and letting our nations know that we the people are concerned and watching for some strong, meaningful resolutions and action item deadlines.

Humans have always had the ability to rise up and confront the most formidable obstacles and end up uncannily victorious. Whether it was against disease, natural disaster, or the tyranny of fellow humans. But we as a species also have this annoying habit of waiting to absolute last second before rising to the occasion. Now is the time to confront and deny the destruction of our home that houses all the life we have ever known, all that has ever been or ever will be.

That said, in the here and now, there are some brain-trusts around the planet diligently working on projects aimed at combating the fever weakening our planet.

Some have been deemed ‘weird science’ and range from dumping iron into the ocean to stimulate the growth of carbon eating/sinking algae, to launching reflective particles into the atmosphere to reduce the amount of sunlight that gets through. Coincidentally in July the American Meteorological Society issued the statement, “Geoengineering must be viewed with caution because manipulating the Earth system has considerable potential to trigger adverse and unpredictable consequences.”504x_could-ship

Some are forehead slapping ingenious. A wind-powered fleet of 1,900 ships would crisscross the oceans, sucking up sea water and spraying it from the top of tall funnels to create vast white clouds. Groups in the United States and the UK are said to be working on the concept, aimed at reflecting 1 or 2% of sunlight back into space. The effect would be similar to the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991, which filled the atmosphere with reflective particles and reduced the global temperature by half a degree. A bigger eruption in 1815, of Mount Tambora, created a year with no summer.

Right, wrong, or in between, people are trying to come up with solutions. It’s about time we sent in some reinforcements.

as the green future unfolds.

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  1. blackberry application Says:

    global warming effect is very frightening.
    many people may not realize the consequences will be obtained.
    humans are sometimes only think about their own benefit without considering the consequences of all actions that he did.
    .-= blackberry application´s last blog ..Download Opera Mini 5 beta For Blackberry =-.

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Blackberry … You are on the right track! Thank you and come back again!

  3. Barbara B Says:

    If you fill a glass with ice and then it melts, will the glass then overflow?
    .-= Barbara B´s last blog ..Itty Bitty =-.

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara B … Nothing like having common sense! Come back again! 🙂

  5. Brad Says:

    Hey Linda!

    Well, nice try, my friend.

    When you quote ANYTHING that the United Nations has to say, I immediately yawn and roll over to sleep on the other side for awhile. That outfit is so utterly worthless it’s beyond description and they certainly don’t have the credibility to get me worried when they once again mistakenly open their mouths about this topic.

    Speaking of which, IF the alleged global warming is in ANY way caused by what humans are or are not doing, I’d speculate that the cause could easily be traced to all the HOT AIR emanating from the United Nations!

    Again, do you suppose that Ian Plimer will be allowed into the Copenhagen pow-wow?
    .-= Brad´s last blog ..No Allah. No Virgins. =-.

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Brad … Well, he probably is invited as a representative member of this planet. Don’t you believe that it is better to be safe than sorry? What’s the harm in taking care of the planet. I still am not convinced that any of us are on the wrong track. Disagree if you like but the United Nations is a needful thing. It has not been 100 years since it was formed. It is still growing, learning to be a group of nations and taking a little interest in caring for the planet.

  7. Brad Says:

    Hi Linda.

    The United Nations notwithstanding, it appears to me that ANY voice of dissent is systematically shut out of the “green” discussion at the higher levels where it counts.

    I have no problem whatsoever with “taking care of the planet” as long as I’m not expected to revere the planet as God and as long as the high priests (e.g. Al Gore) of the newly-invented environmental religion stay the heck out of my life and my personal liberties.

    Let him flap his jaws all he wants, but when he starts expecting me to bow down and worship planet earth while governments pick my back pocket via cap and trade I get a little testy.

    “Better to be safe than sorry” is why I don’t snow ski. But that doesn’t mean you can’t.

    “It just suits an awful lot of people to believe that human activity has a significant effect on temperature. These are environmental movements under various guises (e.g. Greenpeace, WWF, FoE), the Green political parties, politicians (who wish to use the hypothesis to justify various action), the media (whose survival is based on attention-grabbing stories), some scientists (who see it as a treasure chest to plunder for research and to increase reputations) and IPCC (whose raison d’etre would disappear if no human influence were found).” Ian Plimer, Heaven and Earth, p. 474.
    .-= Brad´s last blog ..The Source of True Peace =-.

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Brad … Hmmmm…. I do not believe that anyone is preaching in that regard. However, Does not God want you to revere this planet? After all, he created it! Please allow those of us who are worried about the future health of the planet for future generations have their voice, whether or not you agree with it. Listen to who you want to but I am listening to the learned scientists.

    BTW, I do not know how to snow ski so I guess I am in the safe category, eh? 😀

  9. Brad Says:

    Hi Linda.

    Just so you’ll know that Professor Plimer didn’t just fall off the pumpkin truck…

    “Professor Ian Plimer (School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Adelaide) is Australia’s best-known geologist. He is also Emeritus Professor of
    Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He was Professor and Head at the University of Melbourne (1991-2005) and Professor and Head at the University of
    Newcastle (1985-1991). He was previously on the staff of the University of New England, the University of New South Wales and Macquarie University. He has published more than 120 scientific papers on geology. This is his seventh book written for the general public, the best known of which are Telling Lies For God (Random House), Milos-Geoligic History (Koan) and A Short History of Planet Earth (ABC Books).

    He won the Leopold von Buch Plakette (German Geoligical Society), Clarke Medal (Royal Society of New South Wales), Sir Willis Connolly Medal (Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy), was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and was elected Honorary Fellow of the
    Geological Society of London. In 1995, he was Australian Humanist of the Year and later was awarded the Centenary Medal. He was Managing Editor of Mineralium Deposita, president of the SGA, president of IAGOD and president of the Australian Geoscience Council and sat on the Earth Sciences Committee of the Australian Research Council for many years. He is a regular radio and television broadcaster of science to the general public and has received the Eureka Prize for the promotion of science, the Eureka Prize for A Short History of Planet Earth and the Michael Daley Prize (now a Eureka Prize) for science broadcasting.

    Professor Plimer has spent much of his life in the rough and tumble of the zinc-lead-silver mining town of Broken Hill where an integrated interdisciplinary scientific knowledge intertwined with a healthy dose of scepticism and pragmatism are necessary. At Broken Hill, he is Patron of Lifeline and Patron of the Broken Hill Geocentre. He has worked for North Broken Hill Ltd, is director of CBH Resources Ltd, Ivanhoe Australia Ltd. and Kefi Minerals plc and recently had a new Broken Hill mineral, plimerite ZnFe4(PO4)3(OH)3, orthorhombic, named after him in recognition of his contribution to Broken Hill geology. Plimerite is insoluble in alcohol.” Heaven and Earth, About The Author

    Relative to what God has to say about the planet, I’d encourage a quick look at this link:

    http://cominus.com/firmly-established/

    As always, Linda, I totally support everyone having their voice. Sound off! Be heard! The day we lose that will be a disastrous one indeed. 🙂
    .-= Brad´s last blog ..The Source of True Peace =-.

  10. Linda Says:

    Brad, well heck I’m just gonna shut this ol’ blog down cause you sure convinced me! —- NOT!

    You honestly denigrate Al Gore and actually espouse the ‘logic’ of this Professor Ian Plimer who says, “Man has been endowed with authority from God to fill the earth and use it up.” —- Have you ever heard of the Borg? You can fill my blog up with 10 pages of his resume and I would still consider this guy one scary lunatic. If we each had a planet to go to I couldn’t really care. But we ALL share this one, the only one, no where else to go, so if you think the Good Lord meant that we can mistreat and trash Earth any ol’ way we want, then don’t be surprised when He shows us just how wrong it is to twist His words around. And that won’t be pretty.

    As a mother says to her son, “It is not going to kill you to keep your room clean, young man!” —- But not doing so will kill, maybe not us, but our future children. I guess when that happens, we humans won’t have to blame ourselves when we can just chalk it up to the word/will of God.

  11. Diane Says:

    Okay, putting in my two cents… I think it is a combination of a natural cycle and the abundance of human beings on this planet. If it was strictly nature without humans to wonder, “What the heck is going on?” then it would just happen. Ice ages come and go. However, with billions on the planet doing whatever they like, however they like to do it, without regard to having a finite amount of surface space and air… then you’ve got that tipping point that will most likely speed up a process that would typically take 1000s of years to evolve. So either we let things go and suffer the results quicker or we intervene (which also freaks me out since humans have a way of doing exactly the wrong thing at the wrong time and make things worse).

    However, in the current economic environment who knows? Maybe the governments of the planet will just help push mankind back to a “manageable level.” If people can’t afford to heat their homes and die of exposure or pay their bills and end up out on the streets, hell maybe “they” are just waiting for the population to balance itself.

    Now IF we were able to really and truly and honestly find a way to implement green solutions into the economy – meaning politicians stop all their bickering and in-fighting just to get re-elected and or dominance over the rest of us, and get with the program – AND create jobs in a greener environment THEN maybe we could all live in a win/win world.

    Standing back to see if that last remark gets anyone going 🙂
    .-= Diane´s last blog ..High Pay Minimal Schooling 10 Jobs To Check Out =-.

  12. Linda Says:

    Hi Diane … The funny thing is that there are nations around the world who have created green jobs and integrated them into their economies. They have also ensured that they have re-enforced their electric grids with many options. So, all we have left here in the U.S. is to get off our duffs and do it!

    Doing nothing is NOT the way for a win-win world.

  13. john Says:

    i would like websites that have given you the info. you are saying that man will cease to exist if our temps go up 5C?

    did you know 14 of Antarctica is getting warmer while 34 of it is getting cooler?

    http://www.scientificblogging.com/news_releases/antarctica_warming_or_cooling_yes

    and the oceans getting warmer. …suggest that the oceans have not warmed up at all over the past four or five years.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=88520025

    i do believe in protecting our earth. but i don’t believe in the scare tactics used by al gore, who just wants to be the first “carbon billionaire”.

    by the way, i live what the Australians did with their wave device for generating power.

  14. Linda Says:

    Hi John …. No, I am not saying that humans will cease to exist just that the water levels will rise. LOL! First carbon billionaire is a good one!
    The Australians are really ahead of the curve by doing things such as ceto.

  15. john Says:

    i have wanted an electric car for decades now. i’m really pissed off at our governments bailing out of the gasoline powered cars of GM. i think they sound have helped electric car manufactures like this one…

    http://www.aptera.com/

  16. Linda Says:

    Hi John … That is a pretty cool looking car.

  17. Adina Says:

    Yes global warming is very important and huge problem. I suppose that nothing will change and global warming will increase. I really hope that something will be done with manufacturing processes (make it friendlier to nature), exhaust fumes form cars and so on. I live at the sea and see how the coast is getting smaller and the sea comes closer each year. Sad but fact. Great article, thank you.

  18. Linda Says:

    Hi Adina … You are welcome! Yes, I have seen the shrinking coasts as well. Hang in there!

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