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the world IS getting better

More people are going to school for longer

Access to the internet is increasing

Solar power is getting cheaper

Beer consumption going up ??? 🙂

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(via Bill Gates)

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still a Global Warming skeptic

I have no idea whether or not YOU are destroying the Earth as claimed by Obama at the United Nations climate change summit. But arguments and statistics like the ones presented below, keep me skeptical

Doug L. Hoffman, author of the book The Resilient Earth (2009) …

  • Earth’s temperature is always changing.

  • Over time there have been periods when it has been colder than it is today.

  • For most of the Phanerozoic it has been much warmer than it is today.

  • Life has persisted during periods both hot and cold.

  • There is no one “right” temperature.

  • Carbon dioxide has always been present in Earth’s atmosphere.

  • Over time there have been periods when CO2 has increased and decreased naturally.

  • For most of the Phanerozoic it has been much higher than it is today.

  • Life has persisted during periods with high CO2 and low CO2.

  • CO2 levels will change with or without human contributions.

  • Over time there have been a number of ice ages—Life has endured multiple ice ages.

  • For most of the Phanerozoic there have been no persistent polar ice caps.

Those who say CO2 is the most important factor in climate change, that human GHG emissions will cause runaway global warming, have no historical basis for such claims. …

Given 4 billion years of Earth history and 542 million years of complex life, blaming mankind for 9,000 years of global warming seems rather silly. …

Be safe, enjoy the interglacial and stay skeptical. …

read more …

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Canal Solar Power Project

The Canal Solar Power Project is a project launched in Gujarat, to use 19,000 Kilometre long network of Narmada canals across the state for setting up solar panels to generate electricity. …

The pilot project will generate 1.6 million units of clean energy per annum and also prevent evaporation of 9 million litres of water annually from the canal. The project virtually eliminates the requirement to acquire vast tracts of land and limits evaporation of water from the 750 meter long canal, tackling two challenges simultaneously by providing energy and water security. …


I hope this works.

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U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) that seeks to prevent the Department of Defense from using funding to address the national security impacts of climate change.

See who voted YES (not to study climate security risk) and who voted NO (to study the risk).

The GOP must change or die, long term. The voters are moving towards accepting Global Warming as a fact while Republicans cling to denial.

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less skeptical about Global Warming

Though the majority of scientists think the Earth is warming, most believing it being somehow caused by you and me, I’ve remained skeptical.

Until now.

I was a skeptic because the time frames cited were in the 10s or 100s of years. That’s NOTHING in geological terms.

But long term data like this via the Washington Post are more convincing.

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If that data is solid, “warming” looks real enough to me.

Key glaciers in West Antarctica are in an irreversible retreat, a study team led by the US space agency (Nasa) says.

It analysed 40 years of observations of six big ice streams draining into the Amundsen Bay and concluded that nothing now can stop them melting away. …

If those glaciers really do disappear, over the projected next couple of hundred years, they would add roughly 1.2m to global sea level rise.

Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that the Earth is warming. … What do we do about it that would actually have any positive effect long term? And what would it cost? 😦

related – the NASA press release

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Republicans are still anti-science

That must change if they hope to regain the Presidency.

In 2009, 54% of Republicans and 64% of Democrats said humans have evolved over time, a difference of 10 percentage points. Today, 43% of Republicans and 67% of Democrats say humans have evolved, a 24-point gap.

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tywkiwdbi – The American public’s views on evolution

Only 43 percent of Republicans believe in evolution compared with 72 percent for American college graduates. Scientists overwhelming accept evolution as the dominant scientific theory of biological diversity.


Here are the stats worldwide.

full disclosure – I’m quite certain that evolution is real. That the Earth had existed for 4.54 billion years. To claim the Earth is only 5,000 years old is lunacy.

But I’m a Global Warming skeptic. Scientists overwhelming believe that the Earth is warming due to man. I’m not convinced.

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Does cosmic radiation account for Earth’s climate swings?

It looks a lot more convincing than the CO2 theory.

Danish Physicist Henric Svensmark has offered a cosmic theory for Earth’s primary climate swings through history.

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Svensmark’s had trouble getting anyone to pay his data serious attention.

Here’s a more detailed documentary on his findings.

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Both videos linked from

I thank Brian for the link. Long a “global warming” skeptic, cosmic radiation theory is my new default explanation for the long series of ice ages and warmings we’ve experienced for millions of years.


Can we somehow harness cosmic radiation for energy?

Whether or not Petroleum products are warming the Earth, they’ll run out soon.

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Alberta Hail

In my lifetime, I’ve seen only one MONSTER hail storm in Calgary. Decades ago. A black wall of hail advanced on the city, denting many vehicles … including my own. (I spent the insurance cash, didn’t fix the Beater.)

Is it just a coincidence there have been so many big Hail storms in southern Alberta lately?

Rocco sends photos of this weird swath near Crossfield Alberta on July 6, 2013.


Click PLAY or watch that storm on YouTube.

(via HuffPo)

related – Alberta Hail Project

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GASLAND – the film

GASLAND – (2010) Directed by Josh Fox. Winner of Special Jury Prize – Best US Documentary Feature – Sundance 2010.

… what comes out of the ground with that natural gas?

How does it affect our air and drinking water?

GASLAND is a powerful personal documentary that confronts these questions with spirit, strength, and a sense of humor. When filmmaker Josh Fox receives his cash offer in the mail, he travels across 32 states to meet other rural residents on the front lines of fracking. He discovers toxic streams, ruined aquifers, dying livestock, brutal illnesses, and kitchen sinks that burst into flame.

He learns that all water is connected and perhaps some things are more valuable than money. …

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.

Gasland currently holds a 97% rating on the film site Rotten Tomatoes based on 37 reviews. …

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swimming with Kokanee salmon

A completely landlocked population of Sockeye salmon is known as “Kokanee“, their name in the Okanagan language.

As youth, myself and Rockin’ Ronnie snorkeled with the Kokanee in Kokanee Creek. An amazing spectacle.

After spawning, the huge fish waste away and die. Unmindful of teenagers snorkeling beside them.

Here’s a salmon in death throes. (VIDEO)

Over the past couple of decades I’ve noticed fewer and fewer spawning Kokanee in that creek.

But the Gerrard rainbow trout are making a comeback in Kootenay Lake. I’m hopeful that conservation efforts are helping the Kokanee, as well.

Fingers crossed …

BC Gov – Viewing Opportunities