Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Read between the lines

In a nicely balanced article by the NYTimes on Global Warming, I am glad that they keep the scare tactics to a minimum and tell the whole story.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/18/science/earth/18juneau.html?em

Glaciers are receding. They do that. Sometimes they advance. They do that too.

The article is interesting and an easy read. Make sure to note these two quotes.

"Greenland and a few other places have experienced similar effects from widespread glacial melting that began more than 200 years ago, geologists say."

I don't need to explain why the "200 years ago" remark is important, right?

"The rise is further fueled by the movement of the tectonic plates that form the earth’s crust. As the Pacific plate pushes under the North American plate, Juneau and its hilly Tongass National Forest environs rise still more.

“When you combine tectonics and glacial readjustment, you get rates that are incomprehensible,” Dr. Molnia said.

"In Gustavus, where Mr. DeBoer’s property is, the land is rising almost three inches a year, Dr. Molnia said, making it “the fastest-rising place in North America.”


Disclaimer - Still all for hybrid cars, getting off oil and gas, loves me some wind, solar, nuclear and tidal power. Love the environment - hate fear mongering.

Happy Tuesday.

Oh yeah, I should also tell you "Time" published a letter almost identical to my rant on here about trying to blame global warming instead of 80%v deforestation in their article on Madagascar's disappearing species. I should of sent that letter. :-(

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