Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Global Warming May Push Joshua Trees Out of Namesake National Park | OnEarth Magazine
"We’re not saying that 90 percent of them will die," said Ken Cole, a research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Flagstaff and the paper’s lead author. "The established ones may persist for 150 years. We’re saying that within 90 percent of its current range, they will be unable to reproduce or unable to survive [long-term]."

Kirsten Ironside, a landscape ecologist at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, and the paper’s second author, says that as existing trees eventually die, they are very unlikely to be replaced.
But Betancourt is more guarded about making future pronouncements. "Despite the fact that we named a National Park after them," he said, "we know very little about Joshua tree biology that is useful in predicting their fate under climate change."
Quadrant Online - The unpalatable truth
If peer review is not the squeaky-clean gold standard that we have been told it is, then it seems taking a sceptical view of all IPCC claims would be a very sensible approach.
Obama Showers Corporate Fat Cats with Taxpayer Green - By Henry Payne - Planet Gore - National Review Online
Indeed, Obama and Washington Democrats have handed out an unprecedented basket of tax breaks and taxpayer subsidies to politically connected fat cats since 2009 in the name of greening the planet. The $7,500 welfare that Levin — who makes $165 grand a year – got for buying a luxury, $41,000 Chevy Colt this spring is just the tip of the iceberg.

“Deficit hawk” Obama won’t be ending the gravy train of federal dollars for jet-setting millionaires like Elon Musk, either. Companies like Musk’s Tesla, GM, and South Korea’s LGChem have helped themselves to over $100 billion of what Obama has doled out to green firms to make the products he prefers.

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