Global Warming Follies

I told you it was a religion!

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on March 24, 2009

And here you thought I was kidding. Wrongo! Now a tribunal in England confirms that belief in global warming can be a religion to some.

An executive sacked from a giant property company can claim he was unfairly dismissed because of his “philosophical belief in climate change”, a judge ruled yesterday.

In the first case of its kind, employment judge David Sneath said Tim Nicholson, a former environmental policy officer, could invoke employment law for protection from discrimination against him for his conviction that climate change was the world’s most important environmental problem.

That conviction amounted to a philosophical belief under the Employment Equality (Religion and Belief) Regulations, 2003, the judge ruled on a point of law at a pre-hearing review of an employment tribunal in London.

So there you have it. Belief in global warming is a religion!

BTW, what the heck is an “environmental policy officer”

(Thanks to Erich for the tip.)



Well maybe not tomorrow but…..

Posted in Common Sense by tjgavin on March 23, 2009

Is this another “Oops! Never mind”? You decide.

How many times have you seen the word “collapse” used lately to describe what could unfold should human-caused global warming, and more particularly warming seas, erode the West Antarctic Ice Sheet? (One metric: A Google search for “West Antarctic Ice Sheet” and “collapse” gets 29,800 hits.)

That seems like a lot. But what do I know? On the other hand, what if that “collapse” takes thousands of years to happen?

…But this paper, by David Pollard at Penn State and Robert M. DeConto of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst… ran a five-million-year computer simulation of the ice sheet’s comings and goings, using data on past actual climate and ocean conditions gleaned from seabed samples (the subject of the other paper) to validate the resulting patterns.

The bottom line? In this simulation, the ice sheet does collapse when waters beneath fringing ice shelves warm 7 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit or so, but the process — at its fastest — takes thousands of years. Over all, the pace of sea-level rise from the resulting ice loss doesn’t go beyond about 1.5 feet per century, Dr. Pollard said in an interview, a far cry from what was thought possible a couple of decades ago.

…Over all, the loss of the West Antarctic ice from warming is appearing “more likely a definite thing to worry about on a thousand-year time scale but not a hundred years,” Dr. Pollard said.

Seems like more of a thousand-year “shrug” to me. Or maybe a thousand-year “sprawl”. Certainly NOT a “collapse”. For those near the ocean as this “collapse”  happens, here’s my advice: about every hundred years or so, take a step backwards.


Forget kangaroo farts, burping worms are now the rage

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on March 5, 2009

Who would have thought! Burping worms, that’s right, BURPING WORMS are yet another cause of global warming:

Aquatic animals that feed on lake and stream bottom sediments burp out small amounts of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, a new study finds.


The researchers found that in a variety of aquatic environments, animals that dug in the dirt for their food did indeed emit nitrous oxide, thanks to the bacteria in the soil they ate, which “survive surprisingly well in the gut environment,” [Peter Stief, of the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Germany] told LiveScience.

I didn’t even know that worms burped. Did you? Do they say “Excuse me”? And how do you suppose they collect a burp to analyze it for the offending gasses? How do they know its a burp and not a fart? (Farts are much more fun!) What’s the difference with a worm?

So many questions…