Daily Archives: 05/29/2004

Arctic Getting Warmer Faster

I thought I’d toss out another couple links to continue the global warming theme today. Seems the Arctic is actually melting faster than global warming predicts, possibly because of a feedback loop. Ice normally reflects sunlight, but once it melts, the exposed ocean water and land absorb a great deal more sunlight, which accelerates the ice cap’s melting at a greater rate. Maybe Lovelock is right…

In other news, all that melting and global warming is going to lead to less freshwater for human consumption. The American Southwest is currently in the grip of a long running drought, leaving water levels in Lake Mead and Lake Powell extremely low. In the foreseeable future, the Southwest might not be able to sustain its population, forcing all those Snowbirds and retirees into wetter climates.

Only Nuclear Power Can Save Us Now?

James Lovelock, creator of the Gaia hypothesis, says that only nuclear power can stop global warming now. All other conventional methods of energy production produce too much CO2, and renewable energy like solar and wind cannot meet the world’s energy consumption needs and global warming is accelerating at an unprecedented rate. Needless to say, green groups like Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth are not pleased with his analysis. But it certainly says something about our situation when one of the first scientists to speak out about global warming, and an ardent ecologist, comes out and endorses nuclear fission as the only hope against the collapse of civilization under the effects of global warming.

And unlike a recent Hollywood movie, this is not just a lot of hot air and silly special effects. The planet is warming up; glaciers are melting, ice caps in the Arctic and Antarctic are breaking up, low islands in the Pacific are becoming uninhabitable because of rising sea levels, heat waves and droughts… A seemingly unending litany of natural disasters pointing towards our planet becoming warmer and warmer.

Maybe what we need is a good old fashioned nuclear winter. I’m sure Dubya and his boys would be more than willing to launch a few dozen warheads, kick up a few megatons of fallout and dust to cool the planet a few degrees. Yee ha, stop global warming (excuse me, climate change) and teach those ungrateful Iraqis a little respect for freedom and democracy. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.