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Posted on Aug 19, 2007
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By way of pointing out the vulnerability of both the human body and the global climate, artist Spencer Tunick photographed around 600 eco-conscious men and women in the altogether, posing atop a diminishing glacier in the Swiss Alps for Greenpeace.

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Greenpeace says the human body is as fragile as glaciers like the Aletsch in southern Switzerland and the world’s environment. The glacier itself is now shrinking by about 100 metres (110 yards) a year.

“I want my images to go more than skin-deep. I want the viewers to feel the vulnerability of their existence and how it relates closely to the sensitivity of the world’s glaciers,” Tunick said.

The group hopes its billboard and poster campaign showing people exposed to the cold will send a shiver down the spines of public opinion and politicians, and convince them to do more to tackle pollution and climate change.

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By Mariam Russell, August 21, 2007 at 8:33 am Link to this comment
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By Enemy of State, August 20, 2007 at 9:45 pm Link to this comment

Ok that explains it Atheo has a libertarian streak, any sort of regulation is not wanted.

  Actually Compact Florescents save considerably, each bulb can save hundreds of pounds of coal conbustion per year. Now I do however not like making incandescents illegal, but we could put a surcharge on them to be used to subsidize the more efficient bulbs. The amount of mercury in these bulbs is actually quite small (a fraction of what it was a couple of years back), and you should responsibly dispose of them, my local Orchard Supply Company, is glad to take the old dead ones, and even give me a discount coupon for my trouble. The real problem is peoples inertia, and not realizing that a couple of extra bucks spent today will more than pay for itself over the next few years. We have lots of neat technologies in development that will allow us to do more with less energy, we just need to make the effort to start using them. With just some minor attitude, and political adjustments we could be on our way to a cleaner more efficient future.

  For those that doubt the future of solar energy, here are three interesting companies to look into:
SolFocus : Concentrating Photovoltaics, for industrial scale sites.
Soliant : Concentrating Photovoltaics for residential & small business usage.
HelioVolt : Building Integrated Photvoltaics (like roofing material)
  All of these have near term goals of getting the cost competitive with fossil fuel energy. It is unlikely all will succeed with that ambitious goal, but folks we are getting close.

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By atheo, August 20, 2007 at 6:56 pm Link to this comment

Global Warming Replaces 9/11 As Justification To Do Anything

Paul Joseph Watson

March 13, 2007

Invoking September 11 has officially been succeeded by a new mantra and an excuse for the state to unleash a fresh tyranny no matter how offensive and damaging to individual liberty it may be. Global warming has replaced 9/11 as the justification to do anything!

The bellicose denouncement of global warming skeptics (that is skeptics of the man-made explanation) and their tarring as being akin to holocaust deniers, is beginning to mirror what happened after 9/11, when anyone who criticized Bush’s agenda was lambasted as a traitor, a terrorist sympathizer…

Politicians are professional liars, they make careers out of deceiving people and twisting reality to fit pre-conceived agendas, yet a cascade of otherwise rationally minded people are eager to blindly trust everything they have to say about climate change, no matter how delusional it sounds.

They are also willing to comply with the ridiculous overbearing “solutions” to climate change that will just coincidentally restrict mobility and freedom of travel, regulate personal behavior, empower and expand global government and reinvigorate the surveillance state - everything Big Brother ever wanted - but surely they wouldn’t lie to us about global warming to achieve it, would they?


Has not recent history alone offered proof in triplicate that governments exploit, hype and engender hysteria about monsters under the bed that the state itself has manufactured? Why should we believe them this time?

New developments this week conclusively betray the fact that global warming is a creature of Big Brother and it is being used to eliminate whatever shreds of personal liberty we have left.

- Britain’s next Bilderberg-appointed Prime Minister Gordon Brown says we need a “new world order” to combat climate change.

- The EU has decided to ban conventional light bulbs in every British home by 2009. So-called energy saving bulbs don’t actually save much energy and contain toxic waste banned by the EU itself, but let’s not start asking any difficult questions about that. Such an absurd mandate is obviously impossible to properly enforce so expect to see a tax on dirty evil light bulbs and regular home inspections by wardens (contracted out to electric companies and meter readers) of the state to check on Winston Smith’s compliance with green law.

- Since humans produce carbon dioxide by breathing, surely the sensible thing to do would be to tax the air we breathe? There’s actually a discussion of it. The New York Times ran an editorial last week calling on the government to impose a carbon tax on humans for the air we breathe!

Global warming also acts as a convenient veil for the real environmental crimes that will continue on behalf of the mega corporations and scientific establishment that are in bed with the very government imposing draconian measures on us in the name of the environment. While we are forced to subsidize our own air supply, GM contamination, toxic waste dumping, bizarre cloning mad science, and the destruction of the rain forests will continue apace…

There’s no time left for a debate they tell us - we don’t want to hear about the medieval warm period, we don’t want to hear about how temperatures dropped as carbon emissions increased for four decades from the 40’s to the 80’s, we don’t want to hear about how the troposphere shows no build up of greenhouse gases, we don’t want to hear about sun activity and its direct correlation with climate change, we don’t want to hear about arctic ice samples showing how CO2 lags behind temperature increase…

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By Enemy of State, August 20, 2007 at 6:32 pm Link to this comment

  The only correction was for lower 48 data, 98 is still the hottest year for the world by a wide margin. And hockey stick is not refuted. Conservatives nitpick at a few inessential details. Meanwhile arctic ice is already at a record low a month before the end of the melt season. National Snow & Ice center says not just yet -but their metric is area covered by
at least 15% ice. The Ohio group measures area of ice, and it was already at a record low on August 9th. So we have probably pushed the sea ice into a transition to a no (or low) ice state already.

  But it doesn’t matter, we will pay attention to nitpickers for the next decade, and lose our chance to act in time.

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By atheo, August 20, 2007 at 3:29 pm Link to this comment

Cold, hard facts take the heat out of some hot claims
Email Print Normal font Large font Michael Duffy
August 18, 2007

Imagine if the American government agency responsible for temperature records had announced a fortnight ago that it had overestimated annual temperatures since the year 2000. Imagine if, at the time of correcting this error, the hottest year on record was mysteriously altered from 1998 to 1934. Imagine further that if you considered the 10 hottest years on record after these corrections, the hottest decade changed from the 1990s to the 1930s.

Would that change your views on global warming? It should, because climate change theory says increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere raises the temperature. Yet the hot 1930s was hardly a decade of carbon-spewing industrial growth.

Well, all these things have happened. NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies calculates the average US temperature figures. It does this by processing data from land measurement sites. Earlier this year a Canadian mathematician named Steve McIntyre approached the institute and pointed out an error in its more recent calculations. Figures since 2000 had been inflated by about 0.15 of a degree celsius.

The institute thanked him and on August 7 quietly changed these figures, and some of the rankings on its list of the hottest years on record, which extends back to 1880. It did this without any public acknowledgment of the changes.

The Goddard Institute is a major supporter of the climate change orthodoxy, and the discovery that it got one of the central data sets of global warming science and debate wrong is embarrassing and disturbing.

Previously, McIntyre, along with the economist Ross McKitrick, had demolished the so-called “hockey stick” chart used in the third report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The graph incorrectly portrayed the history of the Earth’s average temperature over the past millennium as essentially unchanged until a steep climb in the 20th century. This made a modest rise in temperature appear far more unusual than it really was.

The two men had difficulty gaining access to the data and methodologies used in creating the hockey stick, a difficulty facing many who want to question the most basic research on which the science of climate change rests. It was McIntyre’s continuing interest in such basic questions, pursued publicly at his blog, that led him to look at the problematic siting of many US land weather stations and how the data they produce is processed…

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By Sharon Ash, August 20, 2007 at 10:48 am Link to this comment
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The following statement is from an article by Cal Thomas at Tribune Media Services entitled “Global warming? Not really.” which was in my local newspaper:  “Most of the disciples of global warming are liberal Democrats who never have enough of our money and believe there are never enough regulations concerning the way we lead our lives.” ..“jihadists may be more full of hot air than the climate they claim is about to burn us up.”

This is the mindset of the greedy who would rather risk seeing the planet fry than make any change which could cost them a dime.

Those of us who are “liberal”, also known as “sane”, have been nice and let the greed bullies in the world run things for far too long.  Greed has no limits, but what our earth can withstand, does.

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By jfior, August 20, 2007 at 9:31 am Link to this comment

this is slightly off topic here as it is about global warming, but I thought I’d add my two cents…I find it funny that anyone would claim that the world was made for humans…those naked individuals no doubt ran to get dressed the moment after that picture was taken….humans cannot survive without clothing or other shelter (man made or otherwise) in most of the world, be it desert of sand or desert of ice..or ocean or lake…Niel deGrass Tyson (of the Hayden planetarium in NYC) makes that point many times in his writing…Mark Twain has some great quotes about the precursors to the ID movement in America…anyway….

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By farmertx, August 20, 2007 at 8:18 am Link to this comment

I can see that now. At the time I was skeptical, but now, I’ve seen way too much.
The shrinkage of the glaciers is really impressive, in a bad way.
Plus, the fact that Shrub says there is no such thing, pretty well says that it is something we need to be concerned about.
I remember the farmers being told many years ago how to plow their land to help crops grow.
What they didn’t know at the time was that wasn’t the best practice. Hence the Dust Bowl.
We learned a lesson from that.
Now it seems that we all must learn a harder lesson about the climate and environment.
I can remember as a kid in North Texas seeing Blue Northers blow in.
I haven’t seen one of them in over 30 years now.
The Old Farmers Almanac isn’t near as accurate as it used to be in predicting the weather. I figure its because things are changing and their formulae don’t allow for that change.

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By Enemy of State, August 20, 2007 at 7:55 am Link to this comment

Well farmertex, its all one global climate system. Everything we do has some sort of effect both locally, and globally. You can see by all the dirt on the surface of that glacier, that it has melted down to many year old ice, with all the dirt, which doesn’t melt accumulating on top. This effect, ice surfaces getting dirtier, and darker as older, and older surfaces are left will only accelerate the changes.

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By farmertx, August 20, 2007 at 5:00 am Link to this comment

I admit that when I first heard about how cutting trees down in the Southern Cone could affect the weather up here, I was just a tad skeptical.
Still don’t understand what is happening nor why, but I do know that something is happening with our weather.

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By vet240, August 19, 2007 at 10:56 pm Link to this comment

We’re talkin serious shrinkage here!

Just kidding.

Global warming will make many of the things we consider sacred such as freedom and full bellies seem not so important ins the relatively near future.

World population is the only cause and population control the only solution.

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