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 126 Deviant Braeburn, Mon, 10th Mar '14 7:01:29 PM from Dysfunctional California
 127 Radical Taoist, Mon, 10th Mar '14 10:36:31 PM from the #GUniverse
scratching at .8, just hopin'
Mitch your entire stint in the Senate has been over a decade of excuses, shut up.
Well, he's having a competitive re-election bit this year. Alison Lundergan Grimes, the current secretary of state of Kentucky, is running against him.

Let's just hope those excuses catch up with him this time.

edited 10th Mar '14 11:28:03 PM by GlennMagusHarvey

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 129 Cronosonic, Tue, 11th Mar '14 2:26:07 AM from Sydney Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
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Well, the senators are certainly doing a terrific job calling out the rampant climate denial bullshit. Shame the Republicans won't bother to listen.

 130 Karkadinn, Tue, 11th Mar '14 9:11:20 AM from New Orleans, Louisiana
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This seems to me to be the Democratic equivalent of political theater. They're not hoping to convince the other party, they're just hoping to make it an issue that voters will notice and care about come election time. Now seems as good a time to push environmental concerns as any, with the water contamination incidents and a colorful variety of weather-related issues well-known throughout the US.
Furthermore, I think Guantanamo must be destroyed.
 131 Deviant Braeburn, Mon, 31st Mar '14 5:40:04 PM from Dysfunctional California
Okay, this could use a bump.

Anyways, I'm gonna put this here: The Calamitous Climate Responsible for Florida’s Record Rainfall.

 133 Ramidel, Sun, 4th May '14 10:18:59 PM Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
 134 Fighteer, Mon, 5th May '14 5:13:29 AM from the Time Vortex Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
To borrow from the Religion thread, people like her are an example of how it's possible to be spiritual and scientific at the same time. Much applause; here's hoping she reaches people.

edited 5th May '14 5:13:45 AM by Fighteer

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 135 lewattoo, Mon, 5th May '14 3:40:40 PM from Planet Auguste Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
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[up][up][up] Article link is broken.

edited 5th May '14 3:40:56 PM by lewattoo

Remove the dash and space from the link.
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I think I remember hearing about some theory or something that if the ice caps melted, it would radically change the ocean currents and trigger...something catastrophic or something, I dunno. Anyone know anything about that?

edited 6th May '14 7:00:17 PM by CassidyTheDevil

 138 Fighteer, Tue, 6th May '14 7:07:21 PM from the Time Vortex Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
You forgot to pothole Sarcasm Mode. tongue
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I think it's still mostly speculative at this point, but there's a big current called the Gulf Stream that you might be thinking of.
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 140 Question Marc, Tue, 6th May '14 7:20:34 PM from Down-town Canada Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
Screw the King.
[up] Hmm, that we are only at the speculation stage is worrying.

Better hurry and melt these ice caps off for scientific observation to confirm or disprove the current theory.

edited 6th May '14 7:21:00 PM by QuestionMarc

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 141 Zendervai, Tue, 6th May '14 7:48:13 PM from North Toronto Relationship Status: Waiting for Prince Charming
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If the Gulf Stream changes, that could be really bad. You know how the British Isles don't have severely cold winters even though the entire region is north of the 49th Parallel? The Gulf Stream is one of the big causes of that. If the Gulf Stream changed, we wouldn't have a "Day After Tomorrow" style apocalypse, but the UK and Ireland would get some very cold winters they aren't prepared for. It would probably effect Scandinavia as well, along with wherever the Gulf Stream redirects to.

The jet stream that holds back most of the arctic air's gotten messed up (that's part of why the Polar Vortex moved in), and that's a lot more minor than what could happen in the future. Toronto's supply of migratory birds is way down this year, because it snowed heavily after they arrived. Of course, the prediction for the summer is that it will be blisteringly hot. Like it has been the past few years.

edited 6th May '14 7:55:06 PM by Zendervai

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 142 Septimus Heap, Tue, 6th May '14 11:05:53 PM from Muggio Valley, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
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Regarding the Gulf Stream: As the polar ice caps melt, sweet (and thus less dense) water enters the ocean and forms a kind of "cap" at the water surface that prevents the surface layers from sinking down (they do so because water evaporation is high and the salinitiy and thus density as well), slowing down the global circulation. A similar effect (from the Antarctic ice cap) is blamed for increased El Nino events in the South Pacific.

There would be two effects. One, Europe could face colder winters for a while. Second, without the humidity from the Gulf Stream the Arctic ice caps would collapse even faster (the formation of the Gulf Stream is, paradoxically, to a large degree responsible for the existence of the Arctic ice caps by supplying them with humidity). Once they are gone completely, the Gulf current would resume, although possibly changed due to different Polar-Tropical temperature gradients.

Also heard that the release of methane gas in the Arctic from global warming could be disastrous.

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[up]Yeah, that's a big worry, not least because it's already started happening.
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 145 Septimus Heap, Wed, 7th May '14 2:03:24 AM from Muggio Valley, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
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The big worry is the so-called "clathrate gun" - the release of large amounts of methane in a short timeframe, causing extreme warming.

Some analysis blames the Permian-Triassic Mass Extinction on such fast warming - a mass extinction that is called "The Great Dying" because of its extreme extinction rate.

This guy is arguing against climate defeatism. And he's right. It's still not too late to make a difference. Even if much of the damage is already done, it's not too late to stop more damage.

Giving up here is the worst possible thing we can do.

 147 Radical Taoist, Fri, 9th May '14 9:07:58 PM from the #GUniverse
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A decent read. He's a touch too "bleeding heart" for my taste at the moment, but he raises some important concerns, namely a possible growing relationship between anthropogenic climate change and organized violence. As I've understood it, the IPCC is studying the potential ramifications of ACC with regard to famine, disease, crop failure (which itself relates to famine and economic woes) and, of course, increased civil unrest and terrorism.

 149 Cronosonic, Thu, 15th May '14 6:54:36 PM from Sydney Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
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This needs exposure, because it's so damn novel - solar-powered roadways. Before people start calling bullshit or scam or what have you, actually look into the details and watch the videos. It's not just solar panels, they also have heating mechanisms to prevent ice from settling, LEDS for dynamic road markings that are visible at night, among other things...

They seem to be making this thing work. The main problem will be replacing existing road material.

 150 Fighteer, Thu, 15th May '14 7:04:14 PM from the Time Vortex Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
That's kind of insane, but it reminds me eerily of Robert A. Heinlein's idea of rolling roadways powered by solar energy.
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