Ack, another global warming post…
Two weather posts in a row! Well, I’ll be merciful, I’ll ramble some this time. I saw another headline in the news that just screamed “global warming news,” it’s becoming depressingly common. Especially since the recent ones have all been further bad news. It’s kind of like a race at this point, which is going to reach critical mass first, galloping climate change or the spreading war in the Middle East? What to me is possibly the worst part of it is that the man in the position to do the most about either situation is so unqualified for the job that he may make things worse.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t regard My Bush as bad or evil man, I think in his own way he has the best of intentions. I just think he’s lived such a sheltered privileged life and is so surrounded with yes men and ideologues that he is out of touch with what is really going on. And as far as I can tell from my admittedly limited view, the climate crisis and the wars in the Middle East are both on the verge of exploding into something vastly uglier than what is going on now. Maybe either or both situation will resolve itself, or there at least will be some good news, I would sure love to eat some crow in either case.
Sadly I think the Democrats are no better. I’ve always had a lot of disdain for politicians, but it seems to have gotten worse in recent decades. There was a time in this great nation when things were accomplished on time and within budget. Now the feeding frenzy in Washington seems to know no bounds. Yet everything has limits, we are the richest nation the world has ever seen, but I fear the lilies are spreading wildly now and the pond is only so big. Let’s not even get into Peak Oil.
And no, nuclear power is not going to save us. I’m going to blog on that soon, nuclear power and the thinking that created it is part of the problem, it’s not going to be part of the solution. I’m in fact more and more convinced that almost everyone is out of touch with reality and likes it that way, people chose the narrative they feel comfortable with and run with that, so much easier than trying it figure it out for themselves. Especially considering that the signal to noise ratio in the media and on the Internet is getting worse all the time, all noise no signal.
OK, I think at this point I’ve annoyed liberals, conservatives, and everyone in between. So I’ll stop digressing all over the carpet and get to the point of the post, the latest global warming news. It’s pretty simple really, it turns out that ozone is a bigger part of the problem than was previously suspected. Ozone pollution has been studied extensively, but primarily for its health effects (it’s not healthy.) It was known that ozone contributes to global warming directly via radiative forcing in the atmosphere, this study shows that it also contributes significantly by preventing plants from taking up carbon dioxide.
The only silver lining to this news is that at least we are closer to understanding why in the past five years or so global warming has been running way ahead of the worst case scenarios in the climate models. I’d say it’s one more nail in the coffin of those who still deny anthropogenic climate change, but we would have to dig up the coffin to do that. Those folks might as well start work on their own Museum next to the Creation Museum in Kentucky. Could I be wrong? Note previous reference to my desire for crow pie.
Tomorrow, cats in the news! Death defying cats, death predicting cats, and all manner of other cats. And how come no one commented on my new header picture, which I think so neatly encompasses the title of the blog that it might even end up being permanent? As always though, thanks everyone for the thoughtful comments, come back soon!
(The above image was produced by a US government agency and thus is public domain under US copyright law. Credit: EPA)