Thursday, September 28, 2006

It's gettin' hot in herrre

A few weeks back I posted about how the carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere are the highest they've been in 800,000 years. That's a long time, yo. Now comes news that Mother Earth is the hottest she's been in 12,000 years. Relative to the first number, 12,000 years doesn't seem like much, but that's like 10,000 years before babyjesus, people. And that was a minor speed bump 12,000 years ago. We are fast approaching temperatures the earth hasn't seen in..::pinky finger to lips, Dr. Evil-style:: one MILLION years. The scientists who know about these things feel like we are near the tipping point where, no matter what we do to reverse gears, it's gonna be too late. I know I'm harping on this topic, but this is apocalyptic shit right here, G. If it makes you uncomfortable, or bored, surf on, my brotha. And lest you think I'm all talk and no action, I'm taking a few concrete steps to diminish my impact on the earth. I'm getting ready to downsize my living situation. Do you think I'll be happy in less than 800 sf? I'm gonna give it a go. Ever notice that at least half the folks on Small Space, Big Style are homos? I'm also shopping hybrid vehicles. So yeah, that's all FUTURE sounding, so in the interim, I've done this.

Meanwhile, it appears the Bush administration is blocking release of a study which suggests that the increase in frequency and intensity of hurricanes may be due to global warming.

10 comments:

Q - 60's girl said...

Hello can't sleep... and now you are scaring me with these stats.

I was reading a book to my youngest tonight describing where the earth takes a year to travel around the sun.

Whatever happens with the CO2 and global warming it does make me feel like asking them to please not have children... the future really is too frightening.

Yes, we should always be doing our best to reduce the impact upon the earth and atmosphere... i would go to bed now but if i exhale deeply there will be more CO2 :/ tommorrow i am gonna plant a tree...

Michael said...

I know. I'm sorry to get so Chicken Little on your ass, but this does have me really scared. Not for me, but for my nieces and nephews and your kids and everyone who'll be around in 40 or 50 years. Only it's not like we can wait until then to make the changes. It needs to be done now, if you listen the great majority of the scientists. It kinda pisses me off that the current administration in the US tries to play it like there is still controversy surrounding global warming. Well, shit, it's SCIENCE and as you well know it's always gonna be a THEORY and then you go about substantiating it or refuting it. The vast preponderance of information is all pointing to the same thing. Could it be wrong? Sure, anything is possible. Is it probably right? Yeah.

I'm gonna come down there and we're gonna build some Earth ships and live together off the grid. Just so you know.

Michael Guy said...

Thanks for bringing some focus on a very scary issue. I am ignorant regarding the statistics; this post was a real eye-opener and I, too--fear the world my neice and nephew will inherit. God help them.

Q - 60's girl said...

Yay you can come and build Earth ships with us any day ;)

The Other Andrew said...

I'm in. No Earth ship is any good without a Cruise Director, right? See you on the Lido Deck for Pimms.

lazybythelake said...

we are working to reduce our "carbon footprint" too. it may do nothing but give hope but it beats doing nothing.

Michael said...

MG, God, sure, but by all means also US. I think we have to help them.

Q, I'm not sure there is anything that'd make me happier right now and doesn't Andrew look smashing in epaulets?

LBTL, exactly! When I donated based on my carbon impact, I wondered whether it would do any good. I'm not sure, but if I don't do anything, then I'm certain not to do any good. Made the decision a lot easier.

Ur-spo said...

it all seems so hopeless.

Michael said...

It is hopeless if nothing is done. I think the most important thing people can do is in the VOTING BOOTH in November.

Charlie said...

Michael, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint by moving into my lovely 872 square foot high ceiling, hardwood floor apartment. ;)