We had a two hour power outage this morning. Turns out our local power company had to take down a transmission line so a neighboring company could do some work! It was supposed to take 45 minutes. After two hours, it finally came back. But, my DSL service did not. Finally got that fixed and things are returning to normal. It’s strange how isolated you feel when there are no lights, no TV, no sounds of fans running, throughout the house.
When things came back online, the first news I saw on TV was from the land of my birth, Iowa, where floods are a huge problem. My first TV job was in Cedar Rapids, where nearby small towns are being evacuated. Everybody being told to get out. Downstream, in Iowa City, where I attended college, they’re anticipating big problems as water rushes over the top of the nearby Coralville Reservoir. Our home was near that reservoir.
As if that’s not enough, there are new reports on Global Warming. That’s right, doubters, the science is beginning to stack up.
Study: Arctic warming rate could triple
Rapid Arctic sea ice loss could triple the rate of warming over northern Alaska, Canada and Russia and trigger permafrost thawing that unleashes extremely potent greenhouse gases, according to a new study. “Our study suggests that, [...]
Things are not looking good for the Bejing Olympics. Would you want to try to perform outdoors in this atmosphere?
Pollution reading in Beijing climbs to hazardous
The International Olympic Committee has threatened to postpone events if athletes are at risk from pollution during the Aug. 8-24 Games. Beijing has spent 120 billion yuan ($17 billion) on measures to improve air quality. From July 20, the city will cut almost half the cars from the roads, limit production at factories and halt construction. Vice Mayor Ji Lin said in March: “You can be [...]
I’m astonished. Just glance at the headline and follow the link. It took a court order, but the report is out.
White House Report: Human Activity Is ‘Most Likely Responsible For Global Warming’
Yesterday, the Bush administration issued “the strongest endorsement yet of a global scientific consensus on the causes of climate change.” The administration buckled to a court order and released “a fresh summary of federal and independent research” which echoes the findings of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and predicts: An increased [...]
We’re talking about the environment. McCain’s trying to do some silly little tap dance around one part of the issue.
Despite Claims Of Being A ‘Leader’ On The Issue, McCain Plans To Skip Vote On Landmark Climate Change Bill
Earlier this month, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) sought to distance himself from President Bush by calling for a mandatory limit on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. “I will not shirk the mantle of leadership that the United States bears,” McCain said in a speech at a wind power company. On his campaign website, McCain (R-AZ) calls himself [...]
It’s gonna be a rough ride. And I was hoping for a break. No such luck, apparently.
Climate report: Be ready for higher food prices, water shortages
Shocked by rising food prices? Get used to it — and be ready for water shortages, too, says a sweeping new scientific report rounding up likely effects of climate change on the United States’ land, water and farms over the next half-century [...]
I don’t care whether it’s Global Warming or an Ice Age, something is crazy with our weather patterns.
Sorry to ruin the fun, but an ice age cometh
THE scariest photo I have seen on the internet is http://www.spaceweather.com, where you will find a real-time image of the sun from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, located in deep space at the equilibrium point between solar and terrestrial gravity. What is scary about the picture is that there is only [...]
It’s one thing to fail to be proactive, but it’s something entirely worse to refuse to even use existing rules and regulations to make even a small step forward.
Bush Throws Out Tools To Fight Global Warming Threat
Our guest blogger is Robert M. Sussman, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and former Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. President Bush and his administration are trying to block the application of existing environmental laws to the problem of climate change, claiming that a “regulatory train wreck” is on the [...]
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