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Big Brains at Sandia National Lab Tackle the Future of Combustion

Wall Street Journal – October 22, 2007

Are you concerned with the future of automobiles and their use of liquid fuel in the future? Regardless of your stance on global warming, geopolitical reasons should dictate that most people are concerned about our source and use of liquid fuel in automobiles and its current main source in the Middle East.

This article is based on the visit by the reporter to the Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore CA.  This facility is arguably the home to some of the brightest minds in the world and their efforts in this area are quite intriguing (and sobering as well).

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Thinking Big on Global Warming

Wall Street Journal – October 15, 2007

I think that this is a terrible idea!

This opinion published by the Wall Street Journal suggests that mankind release more pollutants into the atmosphere that will deflect some of the sun and thereby reduce the amount of global warming that we are incurring.

How does adding more stuff to the atmosphere help? What are the side effects? Isn’t this a cosmetic surgery approach to being overweight?

Just like the case of an individual being overweight. The last remedy to save that person should be surgery. Rather, diet and exercise should be employed to make the individual a healthy being. Adding pollutants to the atmosphere as a “sunscreen” has the potential to cause more harm than good and the bad part of the bargain is that we won’t know the side effects until we take the medicine.

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Despicable sham!

A few days ago, several emails came across my screen about a new study that would prove that global warming WAS NOT caused by humans! Obviously, I was interested in this but luckily Marc Morano of the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee sent out an email blast that the study was a hoax.

Yes, this is the same Mr. Morano that is leading the charge to convince the world that human’s didn’t cause global warming. Why would he send out such a cautionary email?  I have never spoken to Mr. Morano but I assume it is because he knows that deception is never a good way to win an argument. It is up to everyone to try to defend their position on any issue but fabricating evidence is the wrong way to do it.  Congratulations Mr. Morano for taking the high road on this one.

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Wine in the Time of Global Warming

October 16, 2007 – Well Fed Network

I like wine. It is my preferred alcoholic beverage. So an article on how the wine industry will be changed by global warming is very interesting.

The author starts out by assuming that global warming caused by humans is a foregone conclusion. While some of my readers here may disagree with that, there is no doubt that there is some amount of warming going on regardless of the cause, so let’s get past that opening.

As with most things, the general increase in temperatures hurts some aspects of the wine industry and helps others. Areas that are colder and struggle to create high quality fruit may thrive with a slight increase in temperature. Other areas that are at a perfect temperature today may find the increase intolerable and thus see their production and quality diminish.

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UN issues ‘final wake-up call’ on population and environment

International Herald Tribune – October 25, 2007

This article almost makes you want to put a gun to your head! No, I absolutely do not condone suicide or violent behavior but this article will not make you feel good about life. I almost suggest that you watch an episode of Barney when you get done reading just to make you feel better.

The UN recently released its Global Environmental Outlook and it is not a pretty picture. Basically, the UN is saying that there are too many people out there and we are using more basic resources than the planet can sustain. I write about this in a global warming site simply because if human’s are causing global climate change than it is likely due to the problems listed in this report as well.

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My Nobel Moment

Wall Street Journal – November 1, 2007

This is a very interesting commentary from John Christy, a member of the IPCC and, thus, a partial receiver of the Nobel Peace Prize. In short, it appears that Mr. Christy doesn’t think that he deserves his .001% of the prize.

I was pointed to this commentary by two regular readers (thank you to Scott and to Ron – check out their sites by clicking on their names).

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Longer Daylight Time May Save Energy — But Stats Are Stale

Wall Street Journal – November 2, 2007

In the effort to save some energy in the US, we just went through an exercise where we delayed the turning back of clocks for an additional week. We just went through the "fall back" of the "spring forward, fall back" effort this last weekend. The goal of this was to save energy as it allowed more evening light time for outside activities and kept our inside lights and TVs off.

This was probably a good thing and small steps like this are absolutely essential regardless of your beliefs on global warming. Using resources more efficiently is important as waste is almost always a bad thing. Even the most callous among us should at least live by the rule of:

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Polar bear watchers race against global warming

USAToday – November 2, 2007

Evidently, in this area of Canada, they have done a reasonably good job of counting bears and they cite several statistics that show that bears are declining in numbers. Other studies have shown that there is no significant bear decline so I wanted you to read this story as well.

This story is actually part of the USAToday’s travel section and describes an unusual destination trip in Canada where tourists are allowed to drive out and see polar bears in the wild. I hope that the reason for the decline in bears here is not because of other human interference that the story discusses such as:

  • tourists trips
  • bear watches

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