Thursday, June 24, 2004


But the calculations are mostly guesses anyway so mere facts won't disturb them

"Is nature defenseless against global warming? Maybe not. Preliminary research, released last week by a national team that includes an Old Dominion University scientist, shows the Earth has its own green Band-Aids - phytoplankton that bloom and spread across oceans after hurricanes. " The tiny plants absorb carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping greenhouse gas, and carry it to the ocean floor when they die.

Scientists already knew that hurricanes are a sort of tiller, churning up deep, stagnant layers of ocean water. The process is called upwelling. Babin's team now think upwelling can turn what scientists call "ocean deserts," where there are few nutrients to support life, into veritable gardens. Babin and his colleagues think that as cooler, nutrient-rich water rises to the ocean surface, it feeds phytoplankton growth. For two to three weeks following almost every storm studied, satellite data showed phytoplankton blooms.

"And there's an implication as to how that will affect the carbon cycle," Wiggert said. The study suggests a global balance of power. Hurricanes thrive on heat - specifically hot oceans. So a world warmed by man's carbon dioxide emissions may have more such cyclones. And bigger ones. They, in turn, could stir up ocean waters, hatching vast blooms of phytoplankton that gorge on the increased carbon dioxide that helped spark the warming in the first place."

More here. (Via Shallow End of the Gene Pool).


Many people would like to be kind to others so Leftists exploit that with their nonsense about equality. Most people want a clean, green environment so Greenies exploit that by inventing all sorts of far-fetched threats to the environment. But for both, the real motive is to promote themselves as wiser and better than everyone else, truth regardless.

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