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I'm endlessly amused that global warming is now becoming climate change. Hedge your bets, people! Why settle for a 50% chance of being wrong when you can have a 100% chance of being right, given a long enough period of time?

Seriously. The planet's been changing temperatures long before we got on the scene. While we're certainly not helping the situation any (read: I agree that humans could be responsible for some climate delta, in theory), I think that the hundreds of billions being spent (or proposed to be spent) are better used elsewhere.

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In the meantime, have a photo of Janine on our Honeymoon:

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Date: 2009-07-14 04:55 pm (UTC)

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From: [personal profile] mrsbean
Amen to that. The very short sightedness of our current culture, and the manipulation of facts to serve a particular agenda has gotten dangerous. Example: the measurement of the Sierra Nevada snowpack was manipulated this year to not account for a very early and heavy snowfall that later melted, in order to perpetuate the drought rhetoric. Why? Notice your water rate increases? Notice the central valley turning into a dust bowl because growers can't afford the water?

Great piccie. :D
Date: 2009-07-14 06:14 pm (UTC)

chemicallace: My personal avatar, a lady with a flask. (Default)
From: [personal profile] chemicallace
On the whole it is "global warming", but that doesn't mean each individual area is experiencing warmer temperatures. Some have more extreme weather, some have less extreme, some have colder winters, etc. "Climate change" thus makes more sense as a term to address what everyone is experiencing. It's not some sort of term to make it seem 100% instead of 50% correct, it's a term that's trying to address what individuals are experiencing and connect with that.

Honestly, regardless of how much of the problem is caused by humans, it's probably too late to prevent the large-scale death and suffering that will be coming in our lifetime. The question that we're really faced with is how trashed we'd like to leave the planet for our children (or even us, if we live long enough). Frankly, I think it's good to get the idea of consuming less in the heads of the American consumer. Maybe we could spend the money we're wasting on recycling and garbage disposal on, say, science!

(Also, the comment pop-up on this style overlaps with the menu and makes it impossible to read about 1/3 of the text while typing.)
Date: 2009-07-14 07:42 pm (UTC)

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From: [personal profile] ashcomp
I'm absolutely willing to believe that people are screwing up the climate. And that we should spend whatever it takes to fix it. Of course, I also believe in the space program and the tooth fairy.

On the other hand, pictures of Janine are always helpful!
Date: 2009-07-14 09:17 pm (UTC)

helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
From: [personal profile] helen99
It really hasn't amounted to climate change yet. Around here, April was more or less like April except for one 100-degree day. Winter had plenty of below 20 weather, etc. It's more like climate delta, still falling within predicted solar/planetary cycles.

One thing I believe from experience, though. If you stand in a grove of trees, it's cooler than if you stand on black pavement. A forest of trees tends to generate moisture, rainfall, and mists. Forests recycle the atmosphere and clean it out, making it less likely for epidemics to spread. They also have a calming effect on the average humanoid critter.

Therefore I believe that cities (and peoples' tempers) could be cooled off considerably if said cities kept officially designated forest areas and allowed old growth forest, like they do in some areas of Europe.

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