Snow Proves That Global Warming Doesn't Exist
It was a hot few weeks for global warming deniers like George Will and Matt Drudge. That is until a winter storm slammed the East Coast and buried any chance of intelligent conversation in a pile of dirty snow.
George Will trotted out the same shoddy reasoning that conservatives have employed for years to insinuate that global warming is a lie, first igniting a throwdown on the science blogosphere and then attempting to defend himself in a followup. (For a step-by-step analysis of Will's flaws, check out Carl Zimmer). And today, once again confusing weather with climate, Matt Drudge had a laugh at politicians grounded by the massive snowstorm that prevented them from reaching a global warming conference.
Meanwhile, back in the realm of real science, another study raises alarm. A scientist from the University of Texas calculated that the massive Wenchuan earthquakes that shook China last May might be responsible for a whole lot of carbon emissions—as much as two percent of the total world emissions from fossil fuels. That's because the quakes caused mudslides, which killed and buried trees and those trees will release their stored CO2 as they decay. The mudslides will also cause the ecosystem to lose nitrogen, with 14 percent of it spewed into the air as nitrous oxide.
Seeing that there are enough horrible realities in life that we can't control, isn't it about time to act on the things we can? George Will and other deniers want to suck us in to refighting the battle over whether humans caused global warming, a debate that should've ended years ago. The best questions now are about what to do in the future. That's a discussion worthy of a venerable columnist and his high-profile platform.
The new offices will be built in New York's Long Island City and Viriginia's Arlington.
- Amazon will receive more than $2 billion in incentives from the two states.
- The company plans to create a total of 50,000 jobs at an average wage of $150,000.
- The announcement has caused controversy, raising concerns about rising rent prices and potentially lost resources in communities surrounding the upcoming developments.
The results come from a 15-year study that used ultrasound scans to track blood vessels in middle-aged adults starting in 2002.
- The study measured the stiffness of blood vessels in middle-aged patients over time.
- Stiff blood vessels can lead to the destruction of delicate blood vessels in the brain, which can contribute to cognitive decline.
- The scans could someday become a widely used tool to identify people at high risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's.
Dozens of mummified cats were dug up this week. This isn't as shocking as you might think.
- Archaeologists in Egypt have found dozens of mummified cats in the tomb of a royal offical.
- The cats will join the ranks of hundreds of thousands of previously discovered ancient kitties.
- While the cats are nothing special, the tomb also held well preserved beetles.
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