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Siberia Farts September 19, 2007

Posted by psmc in Al Gore, biology, Carbon Emissions, Enviroment, Global Warming, greenhouse gases, mammoths, methane, permafrost, Science, siberia.
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Paleontologists believe that prehistoric hunters, along with climate changes, led to the extinction of the mammoth and the mastodon. It now looks, according to one Russian scientist, that these shaggy cousins of the elephant are going to have the last laugh on us.

There is one threat to the environment that has been overlooked by Al Gore and the others, Mammoth Dung. Apparently Siberia is covered in it. Well that and other organic matter from the Ice Age.

Currently all this pachyderm poop is safely ensconced, frozen into the tundra. However, it is warming up. When it does thaw out it will start to decay. This decay could potentially release vast amounts of greenhouse gases, primarily methane, into the atmosphere. Methane is the combustible gas in flatulence. Basically, Siberia will be farting.

How much is estimated to be there? Current estimates state that the activities of man release approximately 7 billion tons of carbon annually. The amount of carbon that is locked up in the tundra is approximately 500 billion tons. That is equivalent to 71 years 5 months and 4 days of man’s activities.

We are not in immediate danger though. A recent report published by Dr. Norman Page of the British Climate Research Unit, indicates that the warming may not be as drastic as previously thought and has questioned the validity of climate models used by more alarmist members of the environmental community. Dr. Page’s report is NOT based on the fact that there was a spike in 1998 and that the warming since then has been less than the 1998 peak. Nor does Dr. Page make any claim of that global warming stopped. The study’s results question previous models and the role CO2 plays in global warming.

However, we are still warming and eventually those massive melting mounds of mammoth manure will decay. If you should happen to notice a rather pungent odor wafting in on the North Wind, you may want to rethink your trip to Vail or Aspen. Also, be careful with open flames.

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Is it warm here? July 19, 2007

Posted by psmc in Al Gore, America, Enviroment, humor, Politics, Science.
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Yes, another blog on the ever-changing climate. I’m not going to concentrate on who is right and whose science is valid. Rather my major concern is that the politicians aren’t doing anything other than making political hay, though this probably indicates that both sides realize their arguments are based on not-so-certain conclusions facts.

It seems certain that, at least in the short term, the climate is getting warmer. This will cause changes, if only in the short run, mainly the raising sea levels and changing weather patterns. Instead of working on plans to mitigate the inundation of major cities or where we will put populations of displaced people our illustrious political leaders would rather argue who or what is at fault and/or how we can reduce our carbon footprint.

No, they rather put on global rock concerts, tell us to use one sheet of toilet paper and have us buy carbon credits. They should be thinking of ways to protect cities like New York and Miami. Or where to put the people who now live on the coast when their homes are gone. Or how we will get water when droughts become more common. Let alone talk to other world leaders of what to do when entire countries like, Bangladesh virtually disappear.
At least the polar bears have a plan.