Ravings From The Bog

The Polar Bears Did It!
October 30, 2008, 10:09 pm
Filed under: Environment, Global Warming, News, Thoughts | Tags: , ,

Who did they really think DID the damage? The bears?

The rise in temperatures at Earth’s poles has for the first time been attributed directly to human activities, according to a study.

The work, by an international team, is published in Nature Geoscience journal.

In 2007, the UN’s climate change body presented strong scientific evidence the rise in average global temperature is mostly due to human activities.

This contradicted ideas that it was not a result of natural processes such as an increase in the Sun’s intensity.

At the time, there was not sufficient evidence to say this for sure about the Arctic and Antarctic.

Now that gap in research has been plugged, according to scientists who carried out a detailed analysis of temperature variations at both poles.

Their study indicates that humans have indeed contributed to warming in both regions.

Researchers expected this result for the Arctic – because of the recent sharp increase in the melting of sea ice in the summer in the region – but temperature variations in the Antarctic have until now been harder to interpret.

Today’s study, according to the researchers, suggests for the first time that there’s a discernable human influence on both the Arctic and Antarctica.

The research team took the temperature changes over the polar regions of the Earth and compared them with two sets of climate models.

One set assumed that there had been no human influence the other set assumed there had.

The best fit was with models that assumed that human activities including the burning of fossil fuels and depletion of ozone had played a part.

According to one of the researchers involved with the study, Peter Stott, head of climate monitoring and attribution at the Met Office, formally showing that the Antarctic was being influenced by human activities was the key development

“In the recent IPCC report for example,” he said, “it wasn’t possible to make a statement about the Antarctic because such a study had not been done at that point.

“But nevertheless when you do that you see a clear human fingerprint in the observed data. We really can’t claim anymore that it’s natural variations that are driving these very large changes that we are seeing in our in the climate system.”

Professor Phil Jones, director of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, said: “Our study is certainly closing a couple of gaps in the last IPCC report.

“But I still think that a number of people, including some politicians, are reluctant to accept the evidence or to do anything about it until we specifically come down to saying that one particular event was caused by humans like a serious flood somewhere or even a heatwave.

“Until we get down to smaller scale events in both time and space I still think there will be people doubting the evidence.”



A Mad Night Out On The Town
October 30, 2008, 8:53 pm
Filed under: Entertainment, Fun, Thoughts | Tags: , , ,

Seeing pallet upon pallet of cases of Stella Artois beer being delivered to work today reminded my of a story:

This bloke walks into a pub and asks for a pint of anything except Stella. The barman asks, “What’s wrong with Stella?” The bloke says, “I had 12 pints of Stella last night and when I came round, I was fuckin’ skint!” The barman replies, “Don’t worry about it, twelve pints of anything costs the same!”

The guy replies, “Skint is my dog.”


Clever Marketing – The Smoking Bus!
October 29, 2008, 7:01 pm
Filed under: Art, Thoughts | Tags: , , , ,

Very clever…I wish I’d thought of it!

Horror Picture For Halloween!

Put a copy of this in your window to frighten away all the Trick or Treaters!

Ted Stevens Guilty – This Mud May Stick To Palin!

This just in…Ted Stevens, the Republican Senator for Alaska, has been found guilty of violating ethics laws concerning his acceptance of gifts from rich friends and contractors in his home state of Alaska.

Considered to be fairly close to Governor Sarah Palin, this latest in a run of controversial news items may well taint the vice-presidential hopeful at this late stage of the election run-up.

Let’s hope so….

Halloween – What Are The Churches Afraid Of?

I have a seven year old daughter, who is frightened out of her wits by almost anything at the best of times. For example, when she went to see Happy Feet, she almost crawled over up and over me into the row of seats behind us in the cinema when the little penguin was being chased across the ice by the seal (the sequence WAS very loud, to be fair).

At Halloween however, she loves to dress up as a (good!) witch and isn’t afraid of her friends’ costumes, but while both our local churches are having parties at Halloween for children, they’re not permitted to dress up in Halloween-themed outfits. The local Presbyterian outfit demand only biblical characters and the Elim crowd allow only Disney or Superheroes to be featured. 

Given that Paganism has died out, more or less, in these parts, I’m unsure what it is that the churches have to fear by allowing this now-innocent event to become a bit of fun for the kids. 

Perhaps the church-folk would be better served spending time ensuring that their financial investment managers are investing ethically rather than buying shares in companies and institutions that promote  arms-dealing etc, than ruining what innocent fun the kids have left?

What do you think?

China Welcomes Singapore and Vietnam Politicos
October 26, 2008, 10:20 pm
Filed under: Fun, News, Politics & Current Affairs, Thoughts | Tags: , , , , , ,

China’s “welcome” for a visit from the Prime Minister of Singapore!

China’s “welcome” for a visit from the President of Vietnam!

Very militaristic and both this week. I sense a message!!! Hehe!