Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The fat lady hasn't even soundchecked: Aeropress, home

Do you ever look around the tram and realise how unlikely it is that anybody else in there is listening to Frampton Comes Alive right now?

In other news, this is way cool. Captain's logs from the voyages of Darwin, Bligh, Cook and over three hundred others are being digitised to provide more climate data for the 18th and 19th centuries. These logs were very meticulously done. Observing what was going on around the ship was the only way these guys could navigate, so of course they took it seriously. If the climate debate is sorely lacking anything at the moment, it is temperature data from more than 150 years ago.

I've been reading about this stuff for the last few days, and it's difficult to get a handle on. Generally, we have the side that says global warming is happening, humans are causing it, and humans can stop it from continuing. The other side is the sceptics who say the current warming trend is not caused by human activity. And there's nothing wrong with sceptics. They're asking questions that need to be asked. Nobody should just believe what they're told without doing some fact checking first. But with so many exaggerating psychos and shady motivations on both sides of the argument, it's hard to know who to listen to. Climate Debate Daily is the only site I've found so far that shows both side of the coin as they currently stand (if a coin can stand, that is). They're even divided into two columns. Make up your own mind, kids. Be wary trusting anyone whose funding may compromise their impartiality. Be wary trusting anyone who has to exaggerate or scaremonger to prove their point. Be wary trusting anyone who says the debate is over. As Yogi Berra, Rocky Balboa and Lenny Kravitz said: it ain't over 'til it's over. Anyone taking this issue seriously should at least be willing to listen. Slashdot commenter Das Auge put it pretty well:

"I'm not going to go so far as to say with 100% certainty that mankind isn't responsible for any of the warming. However, until you (and pro-global warming people like you) even acknowledge that the planet changes its temperate most of the time, I just can't take you seriously."

I guess I'm somewhere in the middle right now. I haven't been convinced that we are to blame for rising temperatures. But I still think using my car less is a pretty good idea.

2 comments:

  1. Mate, if you're havin' a bit trouble tryin make heads or tails over the whole climate debate, you need only to seek the opinions of those who devote their entire lives studying past and present climates. It is well established by reputable climate scientists around the world, that the current warming we are experiencing is of anthropogenic causes - namely CO2. It's somewhere in the 90% mark. Climate science is a difficult area to pinpoint exact mechanisms involved so there is varying opinion on the severity of it. And there are definately vested interests on both sides of the debate, but the big money is on the side of the naysayers. Anyway that's my two cents. Great blog too BTW.

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  2. Heads and tails! I like what you did there.
    Thanks for the comment, stusin
    Since posting that tirade I've realised that, generally, anyone currently making a lot of money from environmentally-not-good things have a pretty good incentive to deny the anthropogenic climate change thing. If they can convince people that Al Gore wants to eat their children, then they can keep doing their highly-lucrative thing.
    But on the other side of the coin (yes, I'm persisting with the coin analogy), nobody really wins.
    Anyway, let's get back to the coffee...

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