31 May 2006

Climate Change: US News & World Report Asks "Can We Live With It?"

In another example that Global Warming is making the grade, this week's mainstream news weekly, US News & World Report features a cover story asking the question: "Global Warming: Can We Live With It?" The lead article, by correspondent Bret Schulte, whose interview with Al Gore also appears in this issue, suggests we may not have a choice. "Adapting to climate change is not only necessary, experts say; it's unavoidable," writes Schulte. "But our existing survival techniques will face a host of costly new stressors. Flash floods will require better drainage in cities. On the coasts, artificial wetlands and sea walls may become more common, and development could be restricted or require tougher building codes, with higher elevations."

Schulte profiles King County Executive Ron Sims, who has made fighting the effects of climate change a central theme for much of his 10-year tenure as county executive, according to the article. "Elsewhere," writes Schulte, "preparation for global warming has taken lots of different shapes. The fact that many families have chosen not to return to New Orleans, whether it's because of higher insurance rates or fear of a Katrina repeat, is a form of adaptation." He also cites New York City's Staten Island "Bluebelt," a buffer made of existing and artificial wetlands, and London's efforts to prepare "for more heat waves like the one that killed 35,000 Europeans in 2003, as well as summer droughts and winter floods."

Schulte concludes that for many, "the next debate in the climate-change debate is not why the planet is warming, or if we can stop it. It is this: How do we live with it?"

In a related article in the same issue, Marianne Lavelle writes about the business opportunities presented by climate change, focusing on the insurance industry's efforts to grapple with global warming. Two weeks ago, American International Group (AIG) followed others such as SwissRe, in adjusting for climate change risks, announcing that is "actively seeking to incorporate environmental and climate change considerations across its businesses."

AIG vice president Chris Winans told US News & World Report, "We don't make the leap where we are saying that we endorse the idea that hurricanes are a direct result of global warming or that global warming is a direct result of human activities, but we take the possibility seriously."

Pick it up at your newsstand or read it here: US News & World Report

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1 comment:

Steven Joseph Christopher said...

This very important message was written with the intent that it would be passed around, forwarded to other recipients, generating a worldwide revolution into believing in the reality that there is:

1) Glass in the sky,

2) The fact that the whole universe is inverted and fits within the walls of a hollow, inverted earth, where earth is just a shell in which we live on the inside surface, and

3) God and heaven are physically situated up in the middle of this inverted world, and once this reality becomes prevalent, the whole world will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD as prophesied by Habakkuk.

Steven Joseph Christopher

Most Christian Fundamentalists don't believe in global warming, but even liberals fail to understand why it's happening.

With the debut of Al Gore's film, "An Inconvenient Truth", I bring you an even more inconvenient truth to swallow....

How silly of Mr. Gore...
To actually propose such an idea, that the earth is warming…and to use the old greenhouse analogy, as if there were a gigantic bubble of glass covering the entire globe.

No sir, the only way I would ever believe him (that there is global warming) is if, and only if he could actually PROVE beyond any shadow of any doubt, that there is actually real glass up in the sky.

Ha-ha, but he’d have an uphill battle. Let me tell you.

I mean first off, he’d have to prove that rainbows were a result of the white light from the sun, filtering through a glass plane and projecting onto cloud vapors in the air.

He’d have to debunk the accepted explanation that there are billions and billions of tiny raindrops in the air, which individually produce the complete spectrum of colors. And the notion that these raindrops are not SMART raindrops, which cannot synchronously align themselves together to form a perfectly arced bow. - How absurd. We all know that these drops are smart.

I mean these intelligent raindrops are everywhere, even in garden hose spray and water bottle mist.

He’d have to deduct that these raindrops did not have choreographic intellect and that the real reason the rainbows formed on these surfaces were because the sunlight was already filtered by the glass way up high at the top of the sky.

He’d have to compare these surface or vapors, as merely reflective projection screens.

Well, come to think of it, it DOES makes sense, kind of.

He’d also have to attribute all the aurora phenomena to glass in the sky. You know, the beautiful imagery in the northern and southern polar regions. He’d have to say that the electrons from the sun were hitting the glass and causing it to glow, just like a TV screen glows when electrons hit the phosphorus coated glass. He’d also have to prove that there was phosphorus in the atmosphere. Oh, wait a minute, there is, and that's how scientists explain why auroras happen, they even use the glass TV screen as an analogy.

Ok, but he’d have a hard time explaining ham radio waves if there were glass in the sky. I mean how are the short waves going to bounce off the ionosphere if there was a layer of glass in the sky?

Err, wait a minute. Actually ham radio waves reaching the other side of earth ARE compared to waves bouncing off the ionosphere as if it were a sheet of glass. Glass deflects radio waves.

Ok, ok, now if there was really glass up in the sky then how could he explain where tektites came from. If you all don’t know what tektites are, they are little globules of almost pure silica (glass). They are found in strewn fields in Australia, Georgia and a few other isolated regions of the world. To this day no scientist has conclusively, without any shadow of any doubt, proven their true origin…some say terrestrial, a result of a meteorite slamming into the ground and penetrating deep into the sedimentary layers of the earth with high velocity and extremely high temperature, and causing “instant” liquefying of sedimentary glass (obsidian) and squirting this glass out from beneath the ground and propelling it WAY high up into the air…miles high. All the while cooling off as it makes it decent to the ground. Yeah right…(physics deem this stunt truly impossible)...some say extra-terrestrial…. maybe from the moon or a planet far, far away. But the chances of the moon propelling a few tektites earth's way are very slim, as well as having ZERO similarities to moon rock, as well as the tektite having NO cosmic rays exposure. (This would mean that it is not from space)

No, Al Gore would have to say something like a meteor skidded across the glass up in the sky and caused it to get really hot and melt and drop down globules…well I guess this wouldn’t be as hard an explanation as I originally thought.

Okay, but big Al would have to explain why fusion crust (the glass coating on meteorites) was not possible to create on terrestrial rock by heating it to the same temperature as the meteor entering the atmosphere…. uh…wait a minute, I guess WE’D have to explain this, not Al. Why would glass form on the meterorite ONLY if it came through the atmosphere and not by just heating one up on the ground?

All right, what about a comet’s tail. He’d have to trash the solar wind explanation in lieu of his glass idea. He’d have to say that the tail of the comet was curved and always facing the opposite of the sun because of the optical distortion effect called “coma aberration”, caused only by light filtering through a bowed glass lens, actually NAMED for the similarity of the comet’s tail.

Ugh... I guess WE’RE in the hot seat on this one too.

All right, all right, I’m not down for the count yet.


Let the OZONE man himself; prove that there is glass up in the sky by explaining how ozone is present in the atmosphere, if there is glass up in the sky.

HEE - HEE I can SMELL my victory now!

Oh – no, wait a minute. Ozone generators and air ionizers (only the ones with glass plates) produce ozone and cause it to smell like the fresh scent after a thunderstorm. So the glass screening the ultraviolet light causes ozone. So we can actually SMELL the glass in the sky.


Ok, but Al, come on really, how would the Space Shuttle and all those satellites have penetrated this fictitious glass barrier?

I mean you’d have to penetrate this glass by easing into it, you know at a really acute angle and you’d have to go really, really fast to get enough temperature to melt the glass. Also, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to coat all the tiles with a special dichroic glass that would have very little thermal conductivity and have it powdery, like sand paper, creating more friction….

DARN! He got me again, that's EXACTLY what is on the shuttle's tiles, they call it FRIT.

All right, if there really WAS glass in the sky, why don’t we see a reflection of the earth up in the sky? I mean you’d have to say that there was some kind of non-reflective material coating the glass – like a non-transparent sheet of ice, one that is translucent, blocking a good potion of the sunlight from entering.

But, come to think of it that would explain all the mysterious huge chunks of ice that have fallen to the ground. Most recently in Oakland, CA this April.

Ok, what about stellar spectroscopy? RATZ, glass would explain it better…

What about red shift only visible from beneath earth’s atmosphere – DARN, glass explains it better.

What about halos, circumzenith arcs, glories, superior mirages, fata morganas????

SHOOT! Glass in the sky explains ALL these things perfectly.

Uh moderators!

Never mind, can I erase my posting here? I’m new here and don’t want to be ridiculed by the fact that AL Gore beat me in proving that there is glass up in the sky. And also proving that there is global warming.

I mean we all know why he can’t be president….

...because of the glass ceiling.