Live Earth And Global Warming 2
With the impending Live Earth concerts, Global Warming is in the news.
Scientists researching Greenland ice core samples have found the oldest plant DNA on record, and found that Greenland was substantially warmer today, even covered with lush forests and its glaciers had not completely melted away.
Scientists who probed two kilometers (1.2 miles) through a Greenland glacier to recover the oldest plant DNA on record said Thursday the planet was far warmer hundreds of thousands of years ago than is generally believed.
DNA of trees, plants and insects including butterflies and spiders from beneath the southern Greenland glacier was estimated to date to 450,000 to 900,000 years ago, according to the remnants retrieved from this long-vanished boreal forest.
That contrasts sharply with the prevailing view that a lush forest of this kind could only have existed in Greenland as recently as 2.4 million years ago, according to a summary of the study, which is published Thursday in the journal Science.
The samples suggest the temperature probably reached 10 degrees C (50 degrees Fahrenheit) in the summer and -17 C (1 F) in the winter.
They also indicated that during the last period between ice ages, 116,000-130,000 years ago, when temperatures were on average 5 C (9 F) higher than now, the glaciers on Greenland did not completely melt away.
It doesn't sound as though it was far warmer than it was during the Viking Age of the Medieval Warming Period, let alone far warmer than it is today.
As for the Gore-a-thon Live Earth Concerts, from Reuters:
Rio is the only Live Earth concert free and open to the public. If it had been stopped, it would have been the second cancellation; Istanbul was dropped last month because of a lack of interest and security concerns. Ticket sales have been slow for most Live Earth shows and organizers had to change venues in Johannesburg in a bid to improve sales there.
Odd, I thought they were all free concerts. Only Rio is free? It is also interesting to note that the ticket sales have been slow. Without big ticket sales, how are they to pay for all of the carbon credits they need to achieve "carbon neutrality?"
Meanwhile, the Arctic Monkeys has this to say about the Al Gore-a-thon, from BreitBart:
"It's a bit patronising for us 21 year olds to try to start to change the world," said Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders, explaining why the group is not on the bill at any of Al Gore's charity concerts.
"Especially when we're using enough power for 10 houses just for (stage) lighting. It'd be a bit hypocritical," he told AFP in an interview before a concert in Paris.
Bass player Nick O'Malley chimes in: "And we're always jetting off on aeroplanes!"
That's one of the biggest problems with the Live Earth concerts. They are burning huge amounts of electricity, gasoline, and jet fuel, all of which are dumping thousands of tons of that evil carbon dioxide gas into the Earth's atmosphere. All in the name of reducing carbon emissions to save the planet.
Virgin Media has a piece on a survey taken to determine the perceptions of how green the artists are. Madonna came in last place. Red Hot Chili Peppers were hot on her heels.
I'm looking forward to the day when all the carbon dioxide commandos realize that they've been had on the issue of global warming and learn that it is a natural phenomenon, not caused by Man.