From Dec 28,2009  Click on the title below to read.

"We're poorly equipped to face climate change"

I will try to add new information as I can get it and verify it but in the mean time I suggest you look at some of the other pages on this website and watch the videos.  Especially the page on thinking. 
I wish you all the luck for the future.

Imagine you live on a small spinning spherical ball located somewhere.  We don't know where or when. The ball is made up of a very hot molten rock core and this is covered by a thin layer of solid rock plates.  We'll call them tectonic plates just to be in with the nerds. At the  poles there is a massive buildup of ice.  The weight of this ice is holding down the plates at the poles.  The rest of the plates are held down by piles of dirt and water.  We'll call them continents and oceans, again for the nerds.  One of the great features of these ice piles is that they are white and white reflects heat.  So because they are cold and because they are white they help to keep the temperature of the whole planet within a range that is livable for a great many life forms.  Fine, so far so good. 
When we look up into the sky it seems endless.  In actual fact the atmosphere around the ball is only about 10 miles high.  Hop into your car and you can travel that distance in less than 10 minutes on a slow day.
Now let's say that one of the species starts emitting large amounts of gas and filth into the atmosphere.  This stuff affects the ability of the atmosphere to get rid of heat.  The ice on the poles starts to melt.  Slowly at first but then as the reflective ability of the ice is reduced, at an ever accelerating rate.  So the ice goes.  So what?  Well there are a few consequences that will affect us. 
Firstly the reduced weight of ice on the pole plates will cause them to rise and when they do so they will cause the other plates to move too.  We can expect an increase in earthquake activity and the faster the melt the bigger the quakes.  the charts in the earthquake pages show this increasing activity and although 2009 has been a relatively quiet year we can only wonder if it is the precursor of a really big quake due to the buildup of pressure. 
Secondly our high school physics taught us that when water freezes it gives off a huge amount of heat.  so when it thaws the same heat is required to liquefy it.  All this heat has no effect on the temperature of the ice. 
It is called the latent heat of fusion and it is simply used to make the transition between solid and liquid.  Once we reach the liquid state then the heat required to raise the temperature by a few degrees is miniscule.  But we still have the heat.

Let's not try to be scientists.  Let's just use some common sense and then draw our own conclusions about the future.  I'll look at the type of science we learned in high school. 

Yeh, so if  we already have enough heat to melt the ice on the poles then what happens once the poles have melted?  Well we still have the heat and now we have no reflection to get rid of it so the temperature of the ball goes ballistic.  Now this is an accelerating process.  A little ice melts and the reflected heat is reduced slightly so the ice melts a little faster and so on.  Of course once the ice has even partially melted the temperature is already rising and we or any other species of plant or animal cannot survive outside if the temperature is much over 150 degrees F.


It takes about 80 calories to change 1 gram of pure ice at 0 deg. C to water at 0 deg. C. (That same amount of heat would raise the temperature of the 1 gram of water from 0 C to 80 C !)

 Since these pages were first put up, there have been some significant changes to the prognosis for future human existence on planet earth. In particular the new book by Dr. James Lovelock, The Vanishing Face Of Gaia.  I've  read it.  Seems that our future will be pretty rocky.  In spite of the warnings by the reputable scientists over the last 30 years, to date, nothing of consequence has been done. Lots of talk, no action. We have frittered away the time.  It is too late to fight climate change.  It it already on us, and will for the most part, wipe us out.  Now, if your old like me, this is not really a problem but for my grandchildren and their children the chances of survival will depend on their ability to defend themselves and to adapt.   Most do not understand climate change and most will die prematurely because of their ignorance.  Most who read these words will have a good laugh, the rest will have a slim chance of survival.

African Monkey Trap

What's new for 2009,  Copenhagen failure
What's new for 2010,  More of the same, lots of talk, no action

Let's kick start our thinking:

The symptom is CO2;  The problem is population.