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Neal Rovick

St Anthony, MN
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Posted on 10/10/14 at 09:42 am in response to Corn farmers say Syngenta's GMOs have cost them the Chinese market

It's probably a more fundamental problem than GMO, it's market conditions.

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China’s state-owned corn reserves have reached burdensome levels, especially when faced with the prospect of another good corn harvest this fall, a Chinese official told DTN.

“Corn production in China is expected to be 230 million metric tons (9.1 billion bushels) this year, an increase of 4 mmt from last year,” said Qiangmin Shang, the director of China National Grain and Oil Information...

Posted on 10/07/14 at 12:48 pm in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

If you use Warren Buffet for your climate information, do you use Mike Fairbourne for your investment advice?

As has been said dozens of times, Buffet was talking about their gulf coast hurricane insurance profits. But don't ask any insurer about their losses on uncommonly heavy rains, flooding, frequent storms, Pacific hurricanes, drought losses, fire losses, tornado damage, etc., etc. You might not have such a rosy answer.

And if there has been a "pause" in warming for the...

Posted on 10/07/14 at 01:17 pm in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

There are numerous precedents in nature for tiny amounts of something affecting a much larger system.

For instance, do you know how many grams of iron your body has in it? 4 grams. But it is essential in that amount and too little and too much have serious effects.

There are 10 mg of nickel in our entire body, it is essential (in a medically mysterious way) but there cannot be much variation in that amount for good health.

Many things in the natural world work in a...

Posted on 10/07/14 at 01:28 pm in response to New evidence suggests Earth's oceans are warming far faster than we knew

.....Warming might resume next year, we just don't know.............

You need to get your definition of "warm" in sync with the rest of the world.

The 10 warmest years on record?

2010, 2005, 1998, 2013, 2003, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2007, 2004

And 2014 is heading for the recorded all time warmest.

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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...