With another Earth Hour come and gone (3/23), it seems like a good time to reflect on global warming (or is it going by climate change now?).
Global warming has always been a sensitive topic. On one side, you have those who believe that the earth’s climate is dramatically changing for the worst want everyone else to know what they know. On the other side, you have those who really don’t care, and just the other side to leave them and their incandescent light bulbs alone.
It may be that this highly-debated subject may not be as controversial as we thought. Read the rest of this entry
The face of the “stop global warming” campaign, may soon be out of a job.
Yes, that’s right, polar bears are officially saved (sort of).
It gets better, there are two hypothetical scenarios in which polar bears could not face an untimely demise.
Scenario #1: We completely change our ways, and avoid the complete destruction of summer sea ice. Thereby, not completely wiping them out.
Okay, so that one sounds just a teeny bit too optimistic, but that’s why there’s an alternative.
Scenario #2: We keep going at our current pace, and they’ll be fine. They’re bears, they can just walk it off.
Sure their summer home could ultimately be reduced to a thin, icy refuge between Greenland and Canada.
But they’re other option is extinction, they don’t really have any room to complain about square footage.
So there you have it, another species nearly wiped off the face of the earth, and then saved by humankind’s over the top optimism and/or passiveness.
More on the Story: Polar Bears Saved?
…just for fun: Number One Threat to Humanity
Before all you Earth enthusiasts out there start planning your victory celebrations, you should know that many don’t understand why global warming is happening.
To put that in more depressing terms, if there was going to be a test on the knowledge of global warming 8 percent know enough to earn an A or B grade and more than 52 percent would flunk.
No big deal, right? Flunking that hypothetical test is a little tough (maybe the imaginary teacher will offer some extra credit assignments), but in the grand scheme of things it’s not too bad.
At least these 63 percent are willing to admit that something resembling global warming does exist.
Plus, it’s sort of honorable that they don’t want to point the finger of blame. I mean, how important are the reasons behind global warming anyway? Unless, of course, your actually planning on doing something about it.
But let’s not jump to that kind of action too quickly. After all, we are only at 63 percent.
…For a quick climate change refresher check out the photo above
More on the Story: Study Up
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Good news people of earth, according to UN scientists the depletion of the ozone layer has decreased.
This announcement came this past Thursday, which “coincidentally” was also International Ozone Day.
The international treaty made in 1987 which phased out chlorofluorocarbons has been officially declared a success.
As a fan of earth, and an even bigger fan of the protective ozone layer which surrounds us, I have to say I’m excited.
Ozone, for those of you who don’t know, is like the earth’s natural sunblock. It protects the earth against ultra-violet rays.
Unfortunately, it’s depletion is not the only issue thought to be responsible for global warming.
Green house gases such as hydrochlorofluorocarbons and hydrofluorocarbons are also thought to be contributing to climate change. Plus there’s the never-ending stream of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.
But try not to focus on that too much, focus on the positives, like…We Won! Also, we won’t be completely fried by the sun’s ultra-violet rays.
Take that climate change.
More on the Story: Zone Out
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For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere it’s summer, and it’s hot (just call me Captain Obvious).
In fact, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, globally, 2010 is the hottest year on record.
This kind of heat is enough to make even the most stubborn of climate change deniers at least consider the possibility of reconsidering their stance.
Or so you would think. Judging by the status of the current energy bill, this ungodly heat doesn’t seem to be working as an incentive.
For those truly dedicated to the cause of total and complete denial, now is when they dig their heels in and say really outrageous things like, “We’re in a cycle now that all the scientists agree is going into a cooling period.”
Those would be the words of Sen. Jim Inhofe.
You might remember Inhofe’s compelling argument against climate change from this past winter.
In case you don’t, I’ll sum it up for you: snow = no climate change.
How can science even begin to argue with solid evidence like that?
I’m all for a healthy dose of skepticism, but outright denial, besides being dangerous, also tends to make you sound a little crazy.
Although, I’ll admit, as I continue to slowly melt in the 100 degree heat, a little denial doesn’t sound too bad.
As long as it comes with some “global cooling.”
More On The Topic: “Global Cooling”
And Even More: Climate Change Denial
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