Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Haiku 091609

summer rain --
some avoid stepping
on the sun


Recently, we read the following:

San Francisco Chronicle: “Abrupt reversal detected in Arctic cooling trend” by David Perlman

"The Arctic climate has been warmer over the past decade than during any 10-year period in 2,000 years, according to a study by an international research team that adds powerful new evidence that human-generated greenhouse gases have speeded the pace of the planet's recent warming.

"The report from an international team of climate scientists concludes that climate change in the Arctic has accelerated since the Industrial Revolution, abruptly reversing a long-term worldwide cooling trend.

" 'The study provides a clear example of how increased greenhouse gases are now changing our climate,' said Caspar Ammann of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., a co-author of the report published Thursday in the journal Science…

"Researchers at other institutions, seeking to look for patterns of climate change even further back in time, used astronomical records to study the well-known wobble of the globe as it spins on its axis. They found that the Northern Hemisphere has long been moving away from the sun's warmth. During the summer solstice, the Northern Hemisphere is now a million kilometers - about 621,000 miles - farther away from the sun than it was 2,000 years ago, according to the scientist's computer models.

"The result was a global period of relative cold that would have continued, the scientists found. But about 1850, at the beginning of the Industrial Age, the planet's climate began overcoming the cooling trend, and the Arctic climate has warmed decade by decade ever since as greenhouse gas emissions have increased, the scientists say…"


And we thought:

… Sadly, since Katie Couric confirmed she doesn’t read at all, we expect that Sarah Palin will be missing another article that might have helped her revisit her position on climate change. Palin will remain thinking that his former running-mate, John McCain, and the 141 Kyoto Protocol country-signatories are wrong about global warming and man’s hand in it…

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