Posts Tagged ‘global warming’

A tree grows

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

I woke up early and cold this morning after losing a blanket battle to my wife and our 100 pound weimaraner. And after rolling out of bed, cold shoulder and all, I looked out the window at the cloudy sky and briefly thanked God for the awesome world we live in. Awesome…would we expect anything less from an awesome God?

Now warming and somewhat waking by hot coffee, I glance down at our new, Democratic Party improved, property tax bill and think about money growing on trees. I thank God for the coffee bean which does grow on trees, or shrubs.

And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
(Genesis 1:11 KJV)

greenland churchThoughts of trees and God’s creation tragically brought the thought of Joe Teehan into my head. Now starkly awake, I was reflecting on the 3 or 4 minutes I heard of Joe this week ranting about polar bears, seals and receding ice shelves. He ranted how, as sea ice melts, seals will have no place to live and breed; I remembered how many docks in the world are overrun with seals living and breeding.

We sometimes refer to our world as fragile, but I haven’t really seen evidence of that. In fact, I continually see evidence to the contrary. Take a look at plants popping up in an old dump or abandon strip mall; life continues. We may kill ourselves and murder each other, but God’s robust world keeps going. Can His world cope with the warming temps and the rising CO2 levels that many attribute to mankind?

Whether we did or didn’t cause, or are or aren’t still causing, the warming and raised CO2 levels is kind of irrelevant. No, I’m not advocating a pro-pollution lifestyle. Rather, I am advocating that we are good stewards, but also stewards who trust that God has a better idea of the workings of the world than we do. Every spring we are reminded of the self renewal built into our world. Snow melts, watering the land, sun shines and plants grow. (Sometimes I can hardly wait for some of the ice to melt from Greenland so alarmist will have to deal with hard physical evidence of Greenland’s previously warmer climate.)

Did the God who built summer, fall, winter, and spring into this world, also consider our current global climate condition?  While keeping in mind how much treeless landscape will be exposed as ice melts; consider the message of this study.

What was learned
Davis et al. report that “under hot and dry conditions, elevated CO2 increased soil water levels in unweeded plots and enhanced oak establishment (survival and growth) in weeded plots,” so that “in 2006, after eight growing seasons, seedling survival was [an amazing] five times higher in the elevated than ambient CO2 plots.”

What it means
In the words of the six Minnesota researchers, “the results showed that under hot and dry conditions, elevated CO2 can act like a nurse plant for tree seedlings growing in bare and unshaded areas, increasing seedling survival and growth, and thereby expanding the establishment window for trees encroaching into a grassland environment.” In the specific situation investigated in their experiment, for example, they concluded that “increasing atmospheric levels of CO2 may be able to kick-start oak establishment into Cedar Creek’s old fields.”

CO2 Science

So warm temps expose more land and raised CO2 levels accelerate the growth of trees. More trees scrub more CO2 from the atmosphere and provide shade for the earth resulting in moderated climate temperatures. Remember? Awesome God!

Global climate poll

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

Quite a few times I’ve thought that I should do a poll, but I never know how many people actually take the time to contribute and well I hadn’t actually figured out the technical stuff to make it happen. Until now.

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If you answered that you never take the time to do online polls then you have just made yourself an example for how misleading polls and poll results can be. Sometimes polls are just fun because you can see what others are thinking.

My first poll is on the serious topic of Global Climate and can be found with the big button on the menu bar or by clicking here. It will probably take less than a minute unless you are severely challenged.

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Merry Christmas!

Modern Indulgences

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

It is all the rage these days to be carbon neutral. That is to make sure that you take as much CO2 from the atmosphere as you put into it. How’s that done? Well putting it into the atmosphere is easy, just start your car, turn on the heat, or turn on a light, or simply breathe. There are only a couple of ways to get it out of the atmosphere; trees do a good job and rain does a lousy job, but they do it.

So if you want to be the envy of your friends and claim carbon neutrality, you are going to have to start sacrificing some of lifes luxuries and/or quit breathing. Unless of course you can afford to purchase a modern indulgence known as a carbon offset credits. This is what all the rich environmentalist like Former Vice President Al Gore do. You pay a surcharge on your lifestyle so that someone else can go out and plant trees or invest in alternative energy sources. You can claim carbon neutrality if you can afford it.

There are several sites available to take your money, for a small service fee of course. Many sites also offer stickers so others will know you are carbon neutral. Here is a quick sampling of dozens of sites. If you haven’t seen one you should look.

TerraPass
Drive Neutral
Drive Green
Green Seat
Carbon fund
Native Energy

EcoBusiness carbon offset buyers guide

Carbon offsets are a convenient way for those with money to feel good about themselves. Carbon offsets are also modern day Indulgences; you pay so as not to suffer the consequence of your sins. Carbon offsets also look like a scam. I say this because I had a hard time figuring out how much money actually went into balancing my carbon and how much went into the pockets of the brokers. There is plenty of talk with words like certified and verified, but very few facts. It reminded me of some of the shady charities with directors running around in limos. When door to door con men start disappearing, we will know where to look for them.

There has to be other ways of reducing your carbon footprint, but if you have money burning a whole in your pocket and you need to brag about your neutrality with a sticker then go for it.
I might just need to come up with a catchy name and a sticker for people like myself. People in the county that have land with more than enough trees to offset their family’s carbon footprint. Maybe Carbon Hero. I think I’ll count my trees and see if I have enough left over to sell Wally Carbon Credits to unfortunate city dwellers. You give me money then I’ll tag your adopted tree and give you a certificate. You can send postcards to your trees if you want.

Whether or not or how much CO2 contributes to global warming doesn’t really change that it is probably better for everyone and our world to have more trees and less burning of fossil fuels, but this situation still looks like a scam to me.

3/1/07 – Whackynation had a link to a very interesting article about how Mr. Gore is buying his carbon offsets from himself via his own for profit company. It’s at Leaning Straight Up

Global Warming or Global Cooling?

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

It doesn’t surprise me that the Herald would run alarmist stories about supposed global warming.  And it doesn’t even surprise me that there was a letter to the editor published that urged people to go see Former Vice President Al Gore’s political junk science fiction movie “An Inconvenient Truth.”  I don’t surprise that easy.  However, I was a bit surprised that the letter writers were offering to waste their money to pay for others to go.

Here is an inconvenient truth that doesn’t surprise me either. We have very little, almost negligible effect on global temperatures. If the earth is going to warm or cool, we can no more stop it than we can stop day from becoming night or winter from becoming spring. It is not in our power. Anyone who could be bothered to read a book on our climate would find this out right way. There are many available locally in the Whatcom County Library System.  Reading non-fiction books from the library is free, and won’t help Mr. Gore’s presidential campaign.  It’s a win win situation.

Here is the abbreviated version. Global temperatures are primarily controlled by:

Astonomical cycles
spinning earth – 24 hr cycle
earth orbit around sun – 1 yr cycle
Solar cycles – 11yr and 206 yr cycles
earth tilt and elliptical orbit – 21,000 yr cycle
earth orbit wobble – 41,000 year cycle
elliptical variation in earth’s orbit – 100,000 yr cycle

Tectonic causes
Movement of land masses cause variation in ocean currents

Atmospheric causes
Variations in to cloud cover, snow cover and things like volcanic dust
Heat retention from atmospheric gases: water vapor, carbon dioxide, etc.
*** these are the greenhouse gases***

As far as I know we humans have no effect on either Astronomical or Tectonic events. If anyone thinks they do, I’d like to see them prove it.  And as for the dreaded greenhouse gases, man’s current contribution is estimated at less than 0.5% of total gases.

That’s it!

We have no control over more than 99.5% of greenhouse gases.

We have less than 0.5% influence on the most minor of the minor influences on global temperatures. That is smaller than the Grinch’s heart was before he met up with Cindy Loo Whoo.

The best thing we can do with regards to climate change is face the inconvenient truth that the climate will change without regard for what we humans do or don’t do.  We should collect data, compare to cycles and history, try to predict the next change.  The best estimates say that we are nearing the end of a warming cycle and the earth will soon begin to cool.  We should be preparing for our real science future rather than the Al Gore money grubbing junk science future.

I say we should stop buying Arab oil and pump the heck out of the Arctic before it becomes inaccessible under massive layers of ice.  I’ll also throw in that we are one of the cleanest nations in the world and we got that way not because of Al Gore, but rather because we care about are nation.

Here’s how I respond to greenhouse alarmists; I say that we humans have about the same effect on global warming as a speck of dust on a Prius effects it’s gas mileage.

There that is Wally’s Inconvenient Truth.