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Old 12-02-2010, 03:02 PM   #118 (permalink)
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The insurance companies must be believing the hype, and they are giving up on the profits they could earn? And the Navy spent $60-80 million per wharf for nothing?

In Norfolk, the tides did not use to come up above flood stage with regularity -- they do now. Last spring it was flooded for 45 days out of 90; but the water is not rising?

Fisheries are dieing. Corral reefs are bleaching. The pH of the ocean has dropped from 8.2 to 8.1 and probably will drop to 7.8 by 2100. Already it is more corrosive than at any time in the past 800,000 years, and by 2050, it will be more acidic than any time in the past 20,000,000 years. Plankton has decreased by 40% since the 1950's. Water evaporation is ~5% greater than it used to be, so yes rain and snow storms have greater intensity and more volume of precipitation. There is also more lightening and they start more fires. Moscow burned for the first time in human memory. The wheat crop in many places almost collapsed. The boreal forests are dead and dieing -- dead trees as far as the eye can see. Methane is being released at a huge rate from melting tundra and "permafrost" is not permanent after all. The Arctic ice has dropped by about 40% below the 1979-2000 average. Russia, Canada, the USA and others are starting to bicker over mineral right on the Arctic Ocean floor. Droughts are now the norm in many places. The tropics are now larger by more than 2 degrees north and 2 degrees south latitude, adding 8.5 million square miles to the tropics. Lake Mead (which supplies water to California, one of the world's largest economies) may dry up in 10-20 years. They got no rains in parts of the Middle East this November. Glaciers have started melting at faster and faster rates; and Glacier National Park is down to 25 glaciers from 150 when the park opened.

But things are the same as they have always been?
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