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17 December 2005

It Can Get A Lot Hotter

2005 is either the hottest year on record or the 2nd hottest year. Either way, it fuels concerns about global warming, particularly if you're a polar bear.

So how much warmer can the climate get? Did you read about the recent discovery of 700,000 year old human remains found in Britain?
Along with hippos, rhinos and elephants, early humans were evidently roaming the banks of these rivers. They did so during a warm interglacial period, and much earlier than hitherto thought for this part of Europe...the range of these pioneers expanded temporarily in parallel with an expansion of their familiar warm, Mediterranean-like habitat.
A balmy, Mediterranean climate - right there in Britain! And that's without any fossil fuels to warm up the joint. We're in an "interglacial" right now. So even without our help, temperatures still have a ways to go before they top out.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm, the average November temperature here in Anchorage, Alaska was five degrees below normal this year.

(okay, so it's been obnoxiously warm in December so far, but whatever)

December 18, 2005 2:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's face it, we don't know if greenhouse gases are causing global warming. But I can only see benefits in re-evaluating the ways we consume, and in many cases waste, energy. Whoever said oil has to be the be all and end all of energy sources? Is that the best we can do for chrissake!

December 18, 2005 9:26 AM  
Anonymous jimbo said...

I live in Boston. It's 30 degrees out. Remind me why I supposed to fear global warming?

December 18, 2005 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Russell Wardlow said...

Anon,

What exactly is "obnoxiously warm" for December in Alaska? Aren't you guys in like 20 hours of night a day this time of year?

December 18, 2005 6:06 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

I'd love it if we could cut down on burning fossil fuels. But there's only one way that can happen - we need to go nuke big time. Any homeowners out there ready for a nuclear power plant in your backyard?

December 18, 2005 7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my backyard, I'll choose a nuke over a coal-fired plant anytime. Besides, we can build those power plants in the Nevada desert.

December 22, 2005 10:13 AM  

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