23.5.05

avalanche

so if the u.k. gets cold enough, to say, convert some of the rolling english hills to ski bumps, i just might move there after all.
Climate change researchers have detected the first signs of a slowdown in the Gulf Stream — the mighty ocean current that keeps Britain and Europe from freezing. They have found that one of the “engines” driving the Gulf Stream — the sinking of supercooled water in the Greenland Sea — has weakened to less than a quarter of its former strength.

from the times

all those brits that come to the west coast to go ride, can stay home! of course, not if the snow is super wet and sucky. as if you needed any more proof that climate change is here.

even more awesome, is that we have severely undercut the ability of our ecosystems to adapt - like we didn't know it already. but this time, it's the Millenium Ecosystem Assessment that says so:
Humans have done more damage to the world's stock of biological diversity in the past 50 years than at any other time in history, say the researchers behind the study, titled Ecosystems and Human Well-being: The Biodiversity Synthesis Report. Over the past century, species extinctions have reached about 1,000 times their natural rate, because of human actions.

from nature news

the part that i don't get, is that it's not saving the planet - it's really about saving our ability to continue to live here.

and it's not like humans are doomed planet parasites that are so mindlessly virulent that we would finish ourselves off as a species, either. we really do some cool stuff to solve a myriad of problems - even create some pretty cool homes for the homeless. stop trying to save yourselves through silly economics.

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