[Homestead] Global warming and the media, was Re: Peak oil
VAN DELL JORDAN
vdjor at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 3 14:21:04 EST 2007
The only real argument I've ever heard against global
warming is that "there are natural climate
fluctuations so this warming is one of those". The
problem with that is that based on the same data that
informs us about climate fluctuations in the past, we
can only conclude that the current trend is not part
of any known pattern.
I doubt if there is any way to support the current
population with this or some other ecological problem.
I hope I am wrong since I don't see possibility of
population declining enough to make a difference soon.
As individuals all we can do is take the small steps.
Driving efficient cars and no more than we have to.
smaller houses to heat and cool. making sure that
those we might influence are aware of our concerns.
Purchasing habits that use the more efficient
--- Gene GeRue <genegerue at ruralize.com> wrote:
> > Ah, but as much as we hate to be, even we are
> consumers, and knowing
> > what is and isn't true helps us make decisions.
> The U.N. has a new report, not fully published, that
> notes these things:
> " * Glacial lakes are increasing in both size and
> potentially leading to deadly floods
> * Permafrost in mountainous regions and at high
> latitudes is
> warming increasing the danger of land slides.
> * As the temperature of rivers and lakes rises,
> their thermal
> stratification and water quality is changing.
> * River currents, affected by melting glaciers
> and ice, are
> speeding up during the spring.
> * Springtime is starting earlier, causing
> plants to bloom
> earlier and changing the migrations of birds.
> * Many plants and animals are expanding their
> habitats into
> mountainous regions and higher latitudes that are
> becoming milder.
> "The authors of the report have sifted through some
> 30,000 data sets
> from more than 70 international studies documenting
> changes to water
> circulation, to cryospheres (ice zones), as well as
> to flora and
> fauna over a period of at least 20 years. . . ."
> I have been skeptical about global warming. I have
> thought that it is
> probably normal cycling of climate patterns. I have
> thought that,
> even if it is happening, it may well not be much
> affected by human
> behavior. I now think that the evidence has become
> compelling of
> both. I still wonder if there is much we can do
> about it. I will
> continue to live a sane life by my standards. I will
> continue doing
> what feels right.
> One of the things that feels right to me is voting
> at the checkout
> stand. I think that is more important than voting in
> the booth. I
> also think I can be more informed about my potential
> purchases than
> attempting to know the truth about political
> candidates, who as we
> know will say almost anything and do almost anything
> to become
> elected and then reelected. It is not always easy,
> but the Internet
> allows me to be an informed consumer. It is not easy
> making the most
> moral decision because of personal finances. But one
> must try.
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