Global warming refuges in the 50 states - Brainiac
Forget literacy rates and per capita income. In this age of rising sea levels, elevation is what's really going to distinguish states in the union. Michael Scott Cuthbert of MIT and designer Nate Barksdale have created and shared on Facebook a map of the United States in which each state is scaled according to its volume above sea level. As you'd expect, Colorado takes over nearly half of the midwest. Elsewhere, doomed California shrivels to half its current size, the Great Plains become a great puddle, Appalachia turns out to be a lot shorter than its reputation, and New England ends up submerged like a penny in a bathtub. The surprise global warming refuge, though? Volcanic Hawaii, which more or less holds its size.Global warming appears to have slowed lately. That’s no reason to celebrate.
What if the recent slowdown in surface temperatures isn’t just a blip, but is actually an extremely important fact about the world? How much should it shift our view of climate change? And the answer turns out to be: A little bit.USA Southeast. May Has Been Cooling From 1895. | sunshine hours
Just a reminder for those AGW cult members. According to the NOAA, May in the Southeast USA has been cooling at -0.1F/decade since 1895.Melting Polar Ice: Scientists Say the Message Is Terrifying
[People get lost doing their annual "drive snowmobiles around and around" event; CO2 blamed] In May 2007, roughly a year after the release of An Inconvenient Truth, Will Steger was leading a 1,200-mile ice survey expedition across Baffin Island, in northern Canada, when he and his team encountered a tangle of [fossil-fueled] snowmobile tracks in the snow.
“We didn’t know what to make of them—they went ’round and ’round and every which way,” says Steger, 68, a Minnesota-based explorer and a global warming advisor to then-Senator Al Gore in the 1980s. “There was nothing to follow.”
When Steger’s team arrived at the local village, they asked a group of Iglulik elders to explain the tracks. Some tribesmen had taken snowmobiles onto the ice to honor members who had died in previous years, they learned.
“It was an event they did every year, but this time they got badly lost because the melting ice had so dramatically changed the landscape they had known all their lives,” Steger explains. “They got confused, and went around in circles until they gave up and drove back home.”