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. …
BBC

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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Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways!

I’ve got to live FREAKIN’ long enough to see this technology in the wild.

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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.

Slate

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.

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 wattsupwiththat.com.

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.

NEXT?

Can we somehow harness cosmic radiation for energy?

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

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.

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Click PLAY or watch that storm on YouTube.

(via HuffPo)

related – Alberta Hail Project

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. …

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

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