[LINK] We live in interesting times.... Or - is the gold standard really extinct.

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Wed Oct 22 15:00:41 EST 2008

Ivan Trundle wrote:
> On 22/10/2008, at 2:12 PM, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
>> What has puzzles me about the Global Warming is the downside for Cold
>> places...would people in Cold climates really be worse off in a
>> Mediterranean or Tropical climate? I know which one I would prefer. 
>> Though I
>> don't fancy the extreme amounts of sunlight across the year.
> It's not that simple. A warming of the planet will not make the world a 
> better place, but rather make many places uninhabitable, or totally 
> unproductive (wrong soil types, wrong climate, wrong seasonal changes, 
> etc). One good example is what happens to the Great Barrier Reef: it 
> won't simply move somewhere else - it is a unique combination of 
> landforms and geographical circumstances that created it, and a rise in 
> sea levels or increase in sea temperature will kill it, and no 
> replacement will survive anywhere else. Further, the loss of the reef 
> has significant effects on the surrounding region (coastal and 
> otherwise), further degrading the environment.
> The only bright spot in all of the modelling to date is that if we can 
> cope with the incredible release of methane from the melting permafrost 
> of Siberia, the Siberian area generally will become the wheat bowl of 
> the world (but only if the soil is good enough).
> There are many other examples of how a simple rise in temperature is not 
> enough, and climate models show that much of the current population 
> centres will be difficult places to live, and will consume more energy 
> to match the adverse weather conditions that come with the change.

So what if the Barrier Reef goes....China flooded the Three Gorges and Bagdahd 
is pretty uninhabitable.

Marghanita da Cruz
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