Thursday, August 11, 2005

 

Global warming? What global warming?

Evidence that global warming is real and that it's serious continues to mount, despite the best efforts of the administration and oil company lobbyists to cover their ears with their hands and yell "NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO" at the tops of their lungs. The latest news is that Siberia is melting away. The Guardian reports:
A vast expanse of western Sibera is undergoing an unprecedented thaw that could dramatically increase the rate of global warming, climate scientists warn today....

The researchers found that what was until recently a barren expanse of frozen peat is turning into a broken landscape of mud and lakes, some more than a kilometre across.

Dr Kirpotin told the magazine the situation was an "ecological landslide that is probably irreversible and is undoubtedly connected to climatic warming". He added that the thaw had probably begun in the past three or four years.

Climate scientists yesterday reacted with alarm to the finding, and warned that predictions of future global temperatures would have to be revised upwards.
And then we start talking about methane gas and permafrost and carbon in the atmosphere and NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO.

But at least we got that highway bill signed, right? Whew.

Comments:
Look at this:
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/fungames/animations/the-bush-cheney-energy-plan-i
 
which reminds me: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,3604,1546994,00.html
 
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