Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Laying blame is so pointless. . .

The Post:
Want to get away from winter? Head for Hawaii.

Yet another winter storm is barreling toward Colorado and it's expected to bring snow to the mountains and a mix of rain and up to 7 inches of snow to Denver and the eastern plains.

The "energetic" Pacific storm system hitting Utah today has prompted the National Weather Service to post winter storm warnings for the Colorado mountains.
But if I were going to blame something, it'd be global warming.

Update: Of course, it could always be worse:
In 2001, India and Pakistan nearly came to nuclear blows over Kashmir. Now, a new study shows that even a regional nuclear war could create an ozone hole around most of the planet, making skin cancer and cataract rates skyrocket, killing fish, amphibians and other organisms.

An ozone hole would last for at least a decade, according to work published in the current edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Two years ago, the team of scientists showed that a small-scale nuclear war could kill as many people as World War II did and disrupt climate for more than a decade.

In the latest work, the scientists scrutinized the potential effect of a conflict on the Earth's ozone layer, which protects people and other organisms from damaging solar radiation.

They concluded that 25 to 40 percent of the ozone would be lost at mid-latitudes, with a 50 to 70 percent loss at northern high latitudes - the federal Environmental Protection Agency estimated that a one percent reduction in ozone concentration can lead to a one-to-three percent increase in certain types of skin cancer.

"The world has become a far more dangerous place when the actions of two countries on the other side of the world could have such a drastic impact on the planet," Toon said.
Scientists: They know everything.

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