Originally Posted by Joni
We had a GLOBAL WARMING! Conference held here yesterday and HUNDREDS showed up!
Absolutely, too funny!! Breaks the tension. Thanks!
Parenthetically, I was looking at the cover of Nature magazine yesterday (yes, I'm still a scientist at heart) and it had a thermopicture of the antartic continent. It was looking at data gathered since 1957 when the first satellites started orbiting the earth.
Anyone remember "Sputnik"?
It's getting warmer down there. It's a small change - 0.1 degree C per decade, but it is getting warmer. And, the Greenland ice cap is starting to look more like the Greenald "ice cube" to me; when viewed from comparative satellite pictures.
But, no one really knows; scientist or layman, if this is a short cycle or a long cycle that could lead to a true global melt. All we really have at this point are "indicators" and no one has ever applied these to this type of situation before, since this is the first time that we've faced this possiblity/probability - your choice as to what it actually is. However at the current rate of change, it will take a long time to make a significant difference to life on earth as we know it.
Anyway, it's cold out. I'm going to turn up the heat.
And when I was watering the dog last night, I leaned down to pick up a stick that the ice had knocked off one of our trees. I happened to look sideways while I was bent over and, you know, those snowbanks do look a lot higher from 3 ft. than they do from 6 ft.!