Thursday, August 27, 2009

Profit at the cost of the planet we inhabit

"The danger is that global warming may become self-sustaining, if it has not done so already. The melting of the Arctic and Antarctic ice caps reduces the fraction of solar energy reflected back into space, and so increases the temperature further. Climate change may kill off the Amazon and other rain forests, and so eliminate once one of the main ways in which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere. The rise in sea temperature may trigger the release of large quantities of carbon dioxide, trapped as hydrides on the ocean floor. Both these phenomena would increase the greenhouse effect, and so global warming further. We have to reverse global warming urgently, if we still can. "

Stephen Hawking


It's the climate stupid. I've been told that global warming isn't happening. That this is just a phase. That some of the planets are warming up also. It goes on and on. But the truth is our planet is warming and the tipping point may have been past. We know that the oceans are warmer.
The oceans have begun to rise and exotic diseases are now in places that they have never existed. The greatest danger of man made warming will eventually be the release of methane from methane hydrates on the sea floor as the oceans warm and reach a critical threshold. Methane is ten times as dangerous as carbon dioxide. Methane is also being released from the permafrost in Siberia and arctic Tundra. The effect will be a rapid rise in temperature.
The nay sayers says it ain't so. Either they are ignorant of the facts or they are believing the self-serving statements of the oil and coal industry who's only concern is for profit. Profit at the cost of the planet we inhabit. This little biosphere we live on can sustain only so much abuse and then there will be a disaster for man. The planet will go on but it can go on without us.

..."what most climate scientists and activists know but don’t often say: given the 30-odd-year climate-cycle time lags, the now obviously activated positive feedbacks of decreasing albedo from the melting Arctic ice cap, and increasing methane and carbon dioxide from melting permafrost and from drying soils and burning forests, and the non-linearity—or abrupt, wild instead of gradual, pattern—of climate change, we are probably already over or past that tipping point to dangerous, runaway, uncontrollable-by-human-action climate change already."
Beyond the tipping point of climate change Straight.com

The painful truth about United Health Care.
Cheats, lies and abuse of the American public. This is what private health care is about. Conservatives scream, "we don't need no stinking government health plan". We are already being screwed by corporate health care.



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