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Sunday, January 28, 2007

wake up and feel the heat ...

Here's a graph, the ramifications of which are worth considering very seriously indeed. The blue line represents CO2 levels in the earth's atmosphere, going back 650,000 years. The white line represents global temperature fluctuations during the same period.


As you can see, global temperature fluctuations correspond to CO2 levels in the earth atmosphere.

You can also see, at the right hand side of the graph, representing the present time, that temperature changes lag slightly behind the CO2 level changes, and that when the effect which the present level of CO2 will have on global temperature eventuates, it will result in a global temperature significantly hotter than any other hot period in the last 650,000 years.

(Graph is from Al Gore's book An Inconvenient Truth.)

6 Comments:

Blogger Kyan gadac said...

Arrgh! Don't worry laddie, that bright young man, that young Tunbull, Turnbull, - He's gonna build us a better weather radar. We'll be able to see the rain coming even better - when it comes, that is... hasn't fixed that problem yet... bloody useless politicians....

January 28, 2007 11:40 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

"Don't worry", Kyan? "Don't worry", you say?

When the daemons from the past aren't sitting me bolt-upright in the middle of the night, the spectre of what I think is coming fills me with abject terror.

January 29, 2007 2:39 AM  
Blogger Phil BC said...

The Guardian here in the UK has published a leaked UN document stating the US is exploring the possibility of building space mirrors to reflect away some of the sun's light, thereby arresting global warming.

Why it doesn't go for the simpler measure of emission reduction is beyond me.

January 29, 2007 11:40 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Phil BC, thanks for dropping by. Why not focus on emission? Well, as I understand it, our economies are mainlining on consumerism. Then there's our fossil fuel gluttony and our lifestyle addiction. Then there's the problem of overpopulation on the planet. No one wants to give up the breeding of cute, cuddly progeny. It's another psycho-addiction we have been brainwashed into having. "Love? What's love got to do with it..."

The idea of getting pro-active about reflecting sunlight is a good one, in my book. But their space-borne solution is a bit whacky. The guy down the road recently re-tiled his roof. He chose chic BLACK tiles, for fuck's sake. Can you imagine the egg-frying heat pumped out by this guy's roof day after day after day after day... ??? I remember thinking, as a reaction to his choice of colour, that if we all had white (or light coloured) roofs (ours is pale green), that we'd be reflecting a hell of a lot of sunlight back into space.

This thinking was prompted also by the theory that disappearing glaciers and polar ice have decreased the amount of sunlight reflected back into space and thus added to global warming.

Billions of white roofs, world wide, could offset this. No need for planet-sized mirrors erected in space (at vast profits for Megacorp shareholders, paid for by the proles of course...)

January 30, 2007 12:01 PM  
Blogger JahTeh said...

Speaking of ice, a small country of it namely the Ayles ice shelf detached itself fom Ellesmere Island, Canada. But, hey there's no global warming, JHo said so.

January 30, 2007 10:04 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

They're now talking in terms of "the worst drought on record". If they study and digest the information in An Inconvenient Truth, I think they should be saying "the worst drought in a million years is about to descend upon the driest continent", and then get really, REALLY serious about contingency plans based on THIS !!! That would include the firm acknowledgment that this continent is now way, WAY over-populated and taking appropriate action based on such an assessment.

January 30, 2007 10:20 PM  

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