Monday, January 07, 2013

In Al Gore’s third act, the second banana finishes first
I do not begrudge Al Gore his $70 million payday for selling a business he co-founded only eight years ago...I do think he earned it.

...His efforts to save our planet from a bonfire of fossil fuels is even more impressive than the $500-million Al Jazeera deal, financed by the Qatar state media company.

It is oddly ironic that Qatar’s deep pockets are the direct result of deeply drilled wells in the Mideast “gas sector.” But personally, I’m glad to see that Al Jazeera English may get a U.S. audience (beyond the few blue state outposts that would previously have them). I don’t know if access to Current TV’s distributors, or the cable channel’s meager audience, will significantly raise the revenues of the Taliban’s go-to video outlet, but another medium to reach Arab American citizens (and people interested in what affects our Arab neighbors) seems like a good example of freedom of speech. Gore will sit on an advisory board for the reconfigured cable company.
Ehrlich – We All Died During The 1970s Or 1980s | Real Science
“By…1975 some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.”

Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist
Greenland Snow Cover Has Expanded By 1000 Manhattans Since 1974…Clear Rising Trend!
Greenland is melting? Where? The chart shows there is about 80,000 square km more snow cover today than in 1974. That’s the same as almost 1000 Manhattans.

When a piece of glacier the size of Manhattan breaks off and floats into the ocean, the media freak out about it? But when Greenland snow cover jumps a whopping 80,000 sq. km, we don’t here a peep.
Evidence of Extreme Weather Found in Historical Records « Tallbloke's Talkshop
There were two “great storms” in 1287. One was on the east coast: it killed hundreds of people in England and drowned thousands on the other side of the North Sea. This disaster was similar to the 1953 flood, when an extreme low pressure coinciding with a high tide caused a storm surge.The other storm, on England’s south coast, must have been ferocious, because in a single night it fundamentally changed the geography. The harbour at Hastings was destroyed, the old town of Winchelsea, which was already under attack from the sea, was abandoned, and the coastline realigned.

Perhaps the most remarkable feature of the damage was that the thriving port of New Romney was turned into a landlocked town. Massive quantities of shingle from Dungeness, along with mud and soil, inundated the town, completely filled the harbour, and left New Romney nearly a mile from the sea.

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