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March 21, 2010 – Comments (4)

Kurt Cobb has a very well written post on climate change.

Moving to the north made me so much more aware of climate change.

I have read some of Lovelocks stuff, his gaia planet philosphy and it makes sense to me.

Things that I do not think are properly considered about climate change include:

1) Glaciers used to reflect energy back into space, but now that so many have melted that energy is more likely absorbed.

2) The physical act of melting is stablizing to temperature.  There is an enormous amount of energy absorbed in order to melt the ice caps and something like 20% of them have melted in the past 3 decade.  When a critical point in melting ice is reached the ice will no longer be able to act as this massive energy sink that helps to stablize our temperature and mask what we've done and temperature starts to increase much faster.

3) Aerosol pollutants in the upper atmosphere reflect energy back into outer space. Aerosol pollutants can easily escape the earth's gravity during cosmic storms, which would be expected to increase with increasing temperature.  

4) The melting ice is releasing methane gas that had been trapped under and in the ice.  Global warming effects of methane are an order of magnitude worse then carbon dioxide.

Lovelock believes we are past the point of no return and that it is waste of time to worry about emission now, but instead we should be researching technology to help adapt to climate change.

So, do people consider what climate change might do to investments?

4 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On March 21, 2010 at 11:20 PM, ralphmachio (26.24) wrote:

Sell beach front real estate? Buy land in cold spots that will eventually be warm? 

But maybe it's not too late... we could have a glacier bailout. Well, it worked for the banks and our economy...or maybe we should send Bush, Cheney, Rice, and their friends to the North Pole, and O'bama and his friends to the South Pole, and perhaps they can cool things down with lack of personality alone.   

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#2) On March 21, 2010 at 11:56 PM, starbucks4ever (98.50) wrote:

I will research the penny stocks universe. I am already interested in the following small microcaps that I found trading on pink sheets: Norilsk Pineapple, Iceland Tropical Palm, Greenland Desert Springs, Chukotka Safari Tours, Yukon Vineyard, Antarctic Solar Fun, Mnt. McKinley Ice Cream, North Pole Coral Reef, Kolyma Chicken Farm Coop, and Yakutsk Apple Growers.

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#3) On March 22, 2010 at 1:02 AM, DragontoadX (24.05) wrote:

...For an alternate take on the anthropogenic (or not) global warming issue, I highly recommend this video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5576670191369613647# 

The climate is a very complex system, and any claims that we truly know the drivers behind current changes are overstated.  That said, it is obviously an important issue and should not be taken lightly. 

I, for one, think that peak oil is a bigger problem for humanity... Luckily, some of the solutions could be the same (limiting fossil fuel usage, etc.), but I think it's a bit ridiculous how sure everyone is in our supposed scientific "consensus" on anthropogenic global warming

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#4) On March 22, 2010 at 3:50 AM, justinford10jf (< 20) wrote:

this debate about climate changing and global warming is getting us nowhere.  what matters is 1) energy independence 2) creating jobs in america and 3) growing energy demand.  There are 6 billion people in the world today, and there will be 9 billion in 25 years.  This growing population will need power, and solar energy can help with this. we'll make more of our own power and create jobs right here in America.  Check out http://freecleansolar.com to learn more.

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