Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Start burning more fossil fuel before we freeze to death!

You know, when you take a snap shot of the earth's climate and extrapolate a cataclysmic scenario based on it, sometimes the earth makes you look foolish.

Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100 years. Baghdad sees its first snow in all recorded history. North America has the most snowcover in 50 years, with places like Wisconsin the highest since record-keeping began. Record levels of Antarctic sea ice, record cold in Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Mexico, Australia, Iran, Greece, South Africa, Greenland, Argentina, Chile -- the list goes on and on.

No more than anecdotal evidence, to be sure. But now, that evidence has been supplanted by hard scientific fact. All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA's GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously.

A compiled list of all the sources can be seen here. The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C -- a value large enough to wipe out nearly all the warming recorded over the past 100 years. All in one year's time. For all four sources, it's the single fastest temperature change ever recorded, either up or down.

I know, I know, its just like the movie 'The day after tomorrow', we've been such bad humans, burning all those fossil fuels that we have warmed the planet up so much, its freezing as a self defense mechanism.

So if it keeps getting cooler can I get my coal-fired wristwatch? I may have to sell my Corolla and start driving my Cummins Turbo Diesel everyday just to stay warm.

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