warming self-correction? (updated)
LOS ANGELES -- The proliferation of drifting Antarctic icebergs caused by rising temperatures is creating a vast new ecosystem of plankton and krill that may have the power to absorb some of the carbon dioxide that is driving global warming, scientists reported yesterday.Update: Alarmist global warming claims melt under scientific scrutiny...
The researchers, led by oceanographer Kenneth Smith Jr. of California's Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, found that these iceberg-associated communities may cover a significant portion of Antarctic seas.
The ecosystem uses photosynthesis to take carbon from the atmosphere and convert it into plant life and other forms of organic carbon that can be held in the ocean.
"I think it can be a substantial contribution" to reducing carbon dioxide levels, Smith said. "These things have been ignored forever."
In his new book, The Assault on Reason, Al Gore pleads, "We must stop tolerating the rejection and distortion of science. We must insist on an end to the cynical use of pseudo-studies known to be false for the purpose of intentionally clouding the public's ability to discern the truth." Gore repeatedly asks that science and reason displace cynical political posturing as the central focus of public discourse.It's a must read... at least if you want to get past the monstrous ego and neediness of Al Gore and back to reality on the hyper-dramatized and hyper-hyped topic of global temperatures. Sheesh.
If Gore really means what he writes, he has an opportunity to make a difference by leading by example on the issue of global warming. ...
Update: Maybe this threatening e-mail is just the tip of the preverbial iceberg?