Monday, April 20, 2009

Learning How to Swim

Quite frankly, I don't really care what's causing global warming (I concur with Gore's take but some still think it's "nature's way" and not us.) but I do know chaos rules and linearity is not part of the equation when something like the climate undergoes a phase transition as it did 121,000 years ago in the last interglacial period, a period similar to what is going on right now.

"This happened over a long-term ecological timescale and was caused by a rapid jump in sea level of between 6.5ft and 9.8ft (two to three metres) that occurred around 121,000 years ago, say the researchers."

To see Nature Magazine's, source article, click here.

Click on the map below to get an interactive glimpse as to what 1.4 meters can do to San Francisco & environs.

If this doesn't wake people up, then maybe this will...

"University of Chicago scientists have documented that the ocean is growing more acidic faster than previously thought. In addition, they have found that the increasing acidity correlates with increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a paper published online by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Nov. 24."

or this.

(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that heating from carbon dioxide will increase five-fold over the next millennia.

or this.

New research suggests that ocean temperature and associated sea level increases between 1961 and 2003 were 50 percent larger than estimated in the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.

Rubber duckys anyone?
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