The silliness continues. A letter printed in the June T&FN applauds the Deena Kastor cover of the May issue as being timely "Not just for track, but for the world, as global warming--and the resultant screwed-up weather patterns--is a front-burner issue right now."
The guy who wrote this is from Minnesota. He should certainly know that cold, rainy days in April are nothing new in the Northern part of the country and don't have anything to do with global warming.
"Beset by the coldest May since 1962, millions of residents fired up space heaters, straining Buenos Aires' electrical grid for three nights and forcing authorities to slash power supply nationwide and briefly cut domestic natural gas provisions and exports to Chile."
The pace of change has far exceeded what had been estimated by almost all the simulations used to envision how the Arctic will respond to rising concentrations of greenhouse gases linked to global warming. . . .Some scientists who have long doubted that a human influence could be clearly discerned in the Arctic’s changing climate now agree that the trend is hard to ascribe to anything else.
Whether all of this is good or bad may depend on your point of view.
While open Arctic waters could be a boon for shipping, fishing and oil exploration, an annual seesawing between ice and no ice could be a particularly harsh jolt to polar bears.
I did read too quickly and assumed you were mentioning Antarctica without having read the article closely. Can happen I just saw a movie on penguines and Antarctica which Morgan Freeman narrated. Quite moving.
Rain, rain and more rain forecasted. It:s nearly november -- 10 months after this thread was started, and the snow is still nowhere to be found. Mandatory snow tyres in effect on Thursday = waste of time changing them.
I hope those Badgers have been getting in their Badger miles. Madison has received about 100 inches of snow this winter, surpassing the previous record by more than 23 inches. Perhaps that thread about Bethke's steeplechase prospects will have to be reevaluated following his numerous leaps over snowdrifts.
I like Al Gore and what he's trying to do and honestly believe that we need to take the whole GW thing seriously (regardless of how much it is just a natural climatological cycle), but Al Gore would tie Spring to Global Warming.
Six months from today those folks up in Luleå will be on their winter treks to Benidorm. Here, we:ll still be complaining that the snow hasn:t yet arrived, and this global warming stuff may seem a bit more real
A friend of mine's 11th grade son runs distances for a local HS. Regionals were today, haven't heard how he did (prequalified on time for state in at least one event) but winds were 20-35 mph all day and he has not had a meet this year when there weren't similar winds. One invite was canceled after a few events, hurdles wouldn't stay up, officials papers blowing all over. A couple meets also featured drizzle and snow flurries. A lousy year for spring sports here in Colorado. Let's hope for better at state next weekend (also the weekend of the Big 12 meet in Boulder.)
When is science not science? When it appears in a Yahoo "news" piece.
Antartic ice has been growing for as long as such things are measured. Breaking small pieces of ice (berging) is a natural consequence of expanding glaciers.
Given that Antarctica holds 90% of the worlds glacial ice (30 million cubic Km) and the average temperature there is minus 57F (80 below freezing), it's safe to say that Antarctic Ice melt is not going to happen at all.
Even if the entire Greenland ice sheet (which averages -24F to -4F at the highest) were put under hot sunlamps it would take thousands of years to melt. Even the latest report (ACIA 2006) said that fringes of the Greenland ice sheet were losing 239 cubic km per year. (never mind that the interior is gaining that back) Even if that rate increased tenfold to 2390 km^3 per year it would take 1200 years for the ice in Greenland to melt and the sea level would rise 23 feet. That's not going to happen. 239 km^3 per year works out to 12,000 years. By that time we'll be in another ice age.
The math just doesn't add up. The science doesn't either. Any honest geophysicist will tell you that you can just melt 2.85 million km^3 (Greenland) or 30 million km^3 (Antarctica) of ice without an event to produce the energy required on the scale that mankind couldn't possibly produce.
Meanwhile the Antarctic Ice sheet is actually expanding, and the latest 2 reports in 2005 said that the Greenland ice sheets are actually thickening, gaining back 80 km^3 per year in the interior.
Al Gore is an idiot and a gross profiteer who benefits from global warming scare tactics.. Global warming is a hysterical religious movement that distorts facts and labels those who disagree heretics.
Thank you Malmo for stating what I know/believe from education and experience to be true but lacked the initiative to look up the the numbers.
(No, I did not actually witness the last ice age.)
I concur, Al Gore is an exploitive, self-aggrandizing buffoon.
lonewolf wrote:Thank you Malmo for stating what I know/believe from education and experience to be true but lacked the initiative to look up the the numbers. (No, I did not actually witness the last ice age.) I concur, Al Gore is an exploitive, self-aggrandizing buffoon.
Guess some of us can now stop racing around shouting "The ice is falling, the ice is falling!"
Thanks to all here for putting this controversy to rest. They almost had me thinking maybe even we were somehow responsible...