Ha Ha . . . Uh-Oh

Going For a Walk in the 21st Century

First, I read this article from The Onion that says Global Warming May Be Irreversible By 2006. Among the most humorous parts:

The report also outlines a set of year-by-year goals aimed at curbing emissions prior to 2006, such as weatherizing all homes by 1979, replacing household light bulbs with compact fluorescent models by 1985, phasing out fossil fuels by 1992, and taking steps to ensure the world population never reaches the “exceedingly dangerous” 7 billion mark.

Biting satire, to be sure, and a well-aimed poke at the intransigence of our government when it comes to acknowledging reality.

Then I read this article in The Independent, which states that the retreat of Arctic ice has coincided with an increased release of methane – a greenhouse gas that is 20 times more potent than CO2.

“Earlier we found torch-like structures like this but they were only tens of metres in diameter. This is the first time that we’ve found continuous, powerful and impressive seeping structures, more than 1,000 metres in diameter. It’s amazing,” Dr Semiletov said. “I was most impressed by the sheer scale and high density of the plumes. Over a relatively small area we found more than 100, but over a wider area there should be thousands of them.”

The researcher said,

“We carried out checks at about 115 stationary points and discovered methane fields of a fantastic scale – I think on a scale not seen before. Some plumes were a kilometre or more wide and the emissions went directly into the atmosphere – the concentration was a hundred times higher than normal.”

Bad Day at Pompeii

My concern is this: will we be so thoroughly and instantaneously gassed, like those buried at Pompeii, that we won’t have time to say to climate change deniers that we told them so? I’m beginning to think those Mayans were on to something. 2012, huh?

If you were going to take tango lessons, you should start now. If you are going to hit on that cutie you’ve been too scared to even speak to, you might want to do it now.


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