Saturday, April 22, 2006

Future's So Bright...?
Ok, now that I've brightened your day with all those prognostications of doom regarding the earth, I'd like to inject a little earth doom humor. I mean this would be like some kind of universal karmic joke if it weren't for the fact that it's proabably true. Last Tuesday on Nova there was a special on Global Dimming. If you are unaware of it, the gist of it is that we are screwing up "the planet" (you'll see why I put "the planet" in quotes in the next post) in two ways that are actually cancelling each other out. Global dimming from pollution limits the amount of light and therefore heat that reaches the earth and is cooling the planet. In effect it is cancelling out global warming. The good news about that is there isn't any. It means that global warming is very likely worse than we thought because we couldn't measure how bad it was because of global dimming. And correcting global dimming, by correcting pollution, will only intensify the effects of global warming from greenhouse gases. Again, have a nice Earth Day.

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