Thursday :: Feb 23, 2012

The global warming controversy


by Mary

One of the more eerie predictions from global warming is the prediction that the warming will be more extreme at the poles than the near the equator. Because the two poles are covered with ice, the warming atmosphere and increasingly the warming ocean cause the ice to melt and the shrinking abledo causes less solar reflection and greater solar capture and thus greater warming of the polar zones. This feedback mechanism is one of the most worrying phenomena from global warming.

There are some that dismiss global warming outright. However, in the past few years we have seen increased melting at the poles that follows the predictions of climate scientists. NASA just published a study which shows that the earth is losing half a trillion tons of ice every year. And then there is this ominous crack in the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica that will lead to the birth of an iceberg the size of Rhode Island very soon.

So when you hear Marketplace cheer on how good global warming will be for business, it might be good to remember that the melting means tremendous dislocation of seaside communities (including New York City) due to sea rise.

And when Heartland finds someone to develop classes to indoctrinate children that global warming isn't happening, then perhaps it's time to call them traitors to humanity and the rest of the earth.

Is global warming happening? The glaciers say yes. Is it good for business? Only if you don't give a f*ck about the people hurt by rising sea levels and the increasing instability of the weather.

Mary :: 4:14 PM :: Comments (2) :: Digg It!