August 8, 2007

Today's cause of global warming... take your pick.


Walking does more than driving to cause global warming, a leading environmentalist has calculated.
Food production is now so energy-intensive that more carbon is emitted providing a person with enough calories to walk to the shops than a car would emit over the same distance. The climate could benefit if people avoided exercise, ate less and became couch potatoes. Provided, of course, they remembered to switch off the TV rather than leaving it on standby.The sums were done by Chris Goodall, campaigning author of How to Live a Low-Carbon Life, based on the greenhouse gases created by intensive beef production. “Driving a typical UK car for 3 miles [4.8km] adds about 0.9 kg [2lb] of CO2 to the atmosphere,” he said, a calculation based on the Government’s official fuel emission figures. “If you walked instead, it would use about 180 calories. You’d need about 100g of beef to replace those calories, resulting in 3.6kg of emissions, or four times as much as driving.“The troubling fact is that taking a lot of exercise and then eating a bit more food is not good for the global atmosphere. Eating less and driving to save energy would be better.”


I heard one of these pundits on the radio this morning and they gave the "we only have ten years left to do something...." bit.

Did you ever notice the ten years never moves? Last year we only had ten years, this year we have ten years, next year we'll have ten years. My guess is in ten years we'll only have ten years. Most likely in ten years times ten years we'll have ten years, and it will be global cooling by then.

However, this one is my all-time favorite... Cleaner Air causes global warming.

Our planet's air has cleared up in the past decade or two, allowing more sunshine to reach the ground, say two studies in Science this week. Reductions in industrial emissions in many countries, along with the use of particulate filters for car exhausts and smoke stacks, seem to have reduced the amount of dirt in the atmosphere and made the sky more transparent. That sounds like very good news. But the researchers say that more solar energy arriving on the ground will also make the surface warmer, and this may add to the problems of global warming. More sunlight will also have knock-on effects on cloud cover, winds, rainfall and air temperature that are difficult to predict.

Ok, so walking in cleaner air cause global warming... I thought we were supposed to get out in the clean air and walk. But that would cause us to live longer so everything can melt so we'll all drown if we can't make it to higher ground?

What's next? Global warming causes global warming? Global cooling caused by global warming.

Here is my favorite of the day, Did global warming help Barry Bonds hit # 756*? It very well may be that global warming has helped topple Hank Arron’s home run mark of 755 to fall. Since the average ballgame is played in temperatures on average 2 degrees higher than games played 10 years ago which in turn means the ball is 2 degrees hotter thereby increasing the size of the ball ever so slightly and making it easier to hit.

Lookie here they even have fancy math to back this up! I don't know that math looks pretty scientific.

Today's cause of and or reaction to global warming? Take your pick.

Tomorrow they'll dream up something new.

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