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Neal Rovick

St Anthony, MN
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Posted on 10/07/14 at 01:32 pm in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

And right now, there is a very unusual and extensive coral die-off in Hawaii due to high water temperatures:

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/26720006/warmer-ocean-water-bleaching...

Posted on 10/07/14 at 04:09 pm in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

Current population of the world 7.2 billion

World population in 8000 BC 5 million, mainly centered around lower latitudes. Oddly enough, those current areas are some of the least productive areas.

The world population depends on intensive industrialized agriculture in specific climactic conditions in the middle latitudes.

No way you are going to shift that production further north (or south again), all in a hundred years or so..

Posted on 10/08/14 at 09:25 am in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

....It is atmosphere water that is the dominant GHG....

Bingo! There it is, but go ahead, walk right by that issue.

With increased atmospheric moisture content due to rising temperatures (10 of the warmest years all occurring in the last 17 years) proven by the absolute increase in astounding downpours, don't you think that some sort of feed-back loop with respect to water vapor as a GHG is occurring?

From researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Lab

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Posted on 10/08/14 at 06:01 pm in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

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The Ordovician–Silurian extinction event, the Ordovician extinction, was the second-largest of the five major extinction events in Earth's history in terms of percentage of genera that went extinct and second largest overall in the overall loss of life.[1] Between about 450 Ma to 440 Ma (million years ago), two pulses of extinction, separated by one million years, appear to have happened.[2] This was the second biggest extinction of marine life, ranking below only the Permian–...

Posted on 10/09/14 at 07:53 am in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

Gosh Steve, I bet if you picked up ANY geologic history reference you would find the extinction events laid out. It's not a little-know, hidden, crackpot theory. Sometimes a cigar is a cigar. Your need for an ultra-scientific reference on a commonly accepted event says a lot.

By the way, during that period of time, the earth was mainly covered with water (gosh--higher CO2, lots of water !?!?--whoodathunkit?)

Over the short period of a couple of million years, a see-saw...

Posted on 10/09/14 at 01:07 pm in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

It's not that hard, Steve.

Carbon consumers consume CO2 from the atmosphere.

Death of carbon consumers, from whatever means, results in more CO2 in the atmosphere (now talk again about that 7000 ppm level again--obviously a runaway reaction).

But carbon remains in the carbon consumer's carcass, and when embedded in the earth, are sequestered from the atmosphere.

Which we are now rapidly liberating by uncovering and burning their carcass.

Because it was so...

Posted on 10/09/14 at 02:41 pm in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

From your last reference:

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The researchers state: "The world of the ancient past had been thought by scientists to differ from ours in many respects, including having carbon dioxide levels much higher – over twenty times as high – than those of the present.[*****THIS IS WHERE STEVE MAKES HIS CONVENIENT CUT, BUT READ ON*****] However, it is very hard to deduce carbon dioxide levels with any accuracy from such ancient rocks, and it was known that there was a paradox, for...

Posted on 10/09/14 at 06:24 pm in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

In normal conversation, it goes cause>effect, if>then, so high CO2, more water in the atmosphere.

And if you can recall, you are the person who was insisting a few posts above that there was 20 times the CO2--now it's down to 5.

And all I can say is that the papers you cite directly contradict your point.

So long Steve, happy delusions.

Posted on 10/02/14 at 07:51 am in response to A slow and sarcastic first McFadden-Franken debate

Vapid and vague--the McFadden strategy.

He's smarter than he seems.

Perhaps his passion lies with "financial reform"? After all, that is his life. And small changes there will make the most difference to the people he lives and works with.

Why do you think he campaigns as "a man of the people" and is "ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work"?

Posted on 09/30/14 at 07:52 am in response to Why do so few citizens participate in our democracy?

As you say, the linkage between elections and final actions is too loose for enthusiastic participation.

People who vote and expect a rapid change of direction inevitably are disappointed.

"American Idol" understands this.

America does not.