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May 9, 2002 10:01 PM   Subscribe

time to park the SUV and ride your bike to work? or turn off the computer for the for the weekend?
posted by specialk420 (17 comments total)
So it's the SUV's that are causing the ice shelf to melt? Are they also causing the ice sheet to become thicker in Western Antarctica?

I blame witches.
posted by Slithy_Tove at 11:35 PM on May 9, 2002

Mais oui, ST. This kind of thing makes for a dramatic headline, but it's poor "scientific evidence" for an argument.

Perhaps the amount of ice on the continent has gone UP overall, yet the parts of the system will remain dynamic.
posted by scarabic at 11:59 PM on May 9, 2002

When the debate is most scientists versus most car salesmen and oil industrialists, I know which side has the best brains and which side has the most liars and thieves.
posted by pracowity at 12:02 AM on May 10, 2002

Turn my computer off?


My computer is off when:
a) I'm swapping hardware.
b) It's in transport.
c) It's broken.
posted by jedrek at 2:00 AM on May 10, 2002

time to park the SUV and ride your bike to work?

I actually did that this week. I get twice the MPG of the Excursion, but I did it more for exercise this week than anything.

Turn the computer off? Heh. Good one.
posted by adampsyche at 5:59 AM on May 10, 2002

Is a nautical mile longer or shorter than a mile on land?
posted by cowboy at 6:06 AM on May 10, 2002


yo. nautical mile is longer 1.15 land miles i believe.


There is substantial evidence throughout the world that worlds glaciers have been shrinking at an alamingly increasing rate. Many scientists have pointed to this uniform increase in the shrinking of the glaciers from all corners of the globe as another damning piece of evidence of the threat of global warming.
posted by specialk420 at 6:41 AM on May 10, 2002

It's a law of human nature. (you either think it's possible for human nature to have laws or not), It's a law of human nature that human beings always wish to keep things the same when they are content with the current situation. Nothing will be done about global warming until the U.S. consumer suffers because of it. It'd be great if our leaders (both government and corporate) ever, looked past the next election cycle/quarterly earnings report but they never have, they don't right now and they never will.
posted by chris0495 at 7:53 AM on May 10, 2002

I don't see why we ought to take measures against global warming before is too late.
posted by samelborp at 8:29 AM on May 10, 2002

I'll turn off my computer for the weekend, but I won't bike to work -- I'm scared to ride on the street with all the cars, plus which I would arrive at work all sweaty and there's no shower. [Hmm, could super-refined hygiene preferences be contributing to global warming?]
posted by JanetLand at 8:33 AM on May 10, 2002

Hey, you could bike to work because it's National Bike Month. JanetLand, I find that a pack of baby wipes and/or a spare shirt in my bag helps a lot with the sweaty arrivals.
posted by ClydeCrashcup at 8:37 AM on May 10, 2002

There is substantial evidence throughout the world that worlds glaciers have been shrinking

Only the mountain glaciers, which are much more reactive to local environmental conditions. Polar glaciers are showing contrary evidence, making the whole thing too weird to call.

But, I believe there is global warming. Temperature numbers are rather straightforward. I just don't know what the cause is (there isn't sufficient evidence that man is the root cause -- there are several studies and current research that indicate a solar cycle to the change).
posted by dwivian at 10:06 AM on May 10, 2002

How come we are all supposed to be let ourselves be liberal and open to the most outrageous changes in social roles, mores, sex roles, fashions, TV schedules, beliefs and ways of organizing the office, but everybody suddenly becomes a hidebound conservative when it comes to global warming? If the climate is changing, let's change with it. Let's be open-minded. Maybe it isn't such a bad thing. Or maybe it is. Change is good. Right?
posted by Faze at 12:21 PM on May 10, 2002

Sitting here in May with my electric heater warming my feet, I'd vote for a little global warming right about now.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 12:34 PM on May 10, 2002

time to write link text which gives some kind of a clue as to what's inside? or at least quit accusing the rest of us?
posted by darukaru at 1:06 PM on May 10, 2002

Speaking of global warming, one of these sure would make things nice and toasty.
posted by homunculus at 2:40 PM on May 10, 2002

Every few years, it seems, a chunk of ice the size of any given state drops off into the ocean. I recall seeing at least a half-dozen news stories like this over the last twenty years or so. Like clockwork, predictions of disaster are issued. So where's the disaster? This is non-news.
posted by davidmsc at 11:57 PM on May 10, 2002

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