Saturday, January 06, 2007

Question of the Day

It's 68 degrees in New York today. The month is January. And we haven't had a day of snow this winter.

How concerned are you about global warming?

4 comments:

Brother Spotless said...

Not sure that today is an example of it, because there are records of warm winters and cold summers in the very distant past. However, the fact that polar ice caps are melting is scary...

Brother Spotless said...

by the way, it's 71 here in Trenton...

solgenique said...

What Brother Spotless said.

Anonymous said...

The environment rarely getting much play on this site, so I will give my two pence:

1. 1998 was a warm year, truth. But our rate of warming is currently on pace to increase global temp in a century the amount it has increased in the past 18,000+ years (5-9degreesF) (info courtesy NOAA).
2. Mt. Kilimanjaro experienced a state of “no snow” for the first time in 11,000 years (courtesy the UNEP).
3. Melting glaciers do not just mean less ice in a place no one actually cares about. It means an increase in the amount of fresh water entering the oceans, a decrease in ocean salinity, a decrease in the Gulf Stream and analogous current systems, resulting in a global shift in temperature distribution. Overtime, those of us close to the North Atlantic, will experience a chilling of temperatures. A premature onset of an ice age (Courtesy the journal Science, or Denns Quaid in the Day After Tomorrow).
4. An increase in disease has been correlated directly to increases in regional temperatures
5. The list goes on, and chances are we would all be more familiar with the research if our president didn’t make concerted efforts to stifle the government’s own reporting on the subject (courtesy any major news wire circa 2004 re: stifling NASA scientists)