Archive for the ‘Climate Change’ Category

Frozen Cow Farts

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

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… Scientists suggest that the greater contribution to skyrocketing methane levels has more to do with biological sources of the gas. Methane molecules are made of carbon and hydrogen atoms, and the carbon in biological methane tends to be slightly lighter than the carbon in methane associated with fossil fuels. And over the past decade or so, the proportion of lighter methane in the atmosphere compared to heavier methane has been rising. “I think this perspective is basically right,” said Martin Helmann, of the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, in Jena, Germany, in an email. Helmann was not involved in the research.

The authors of the Science paper have some ideas about why biological sources of methane may be increasing. “In the southern hemisphere especially,” Nisbet said, “but also in the northern tropics, a series of really wet years has caused wetlands to expand”—and vegetation decomposing in swamps and shallow lakes is a well known source of natural methane emissions. Another is cows, which generate methane as they digest their food, then belch it out into the air.

These explanations, however, aren’t at all definitive — another key point Nisbet and his co-authors make in the Science paper. “The measurements we make in the air are direct,” he said. “Estimates of where methane is coming from, by contrast, is much less reliable. You estimate the contributions from gas leaks, count up the cows, estimate the emissions from wetlands. There’s obviously going to be a lot of error.”

And in fact, there is: the estimates of how much methane should be going into the atmosphere are greater than what actually ends up there. Tracking methane emissions more accurately is crucial, said the scientists, and not just as an academic exercise.

“If we want to control greenhouse-gas emissions,” Nisbet said, “it’s obviously important to know where the emissions are coming from.”

Global vegetation decomposition, wetlands, the oceans,  rice paddys, rain forests, patio hibachis, your neighbor’s annoying little yapping kikmi dog and Humpback whales are all part of the mix.

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Q: So, what happens if atmospheric methane triples?
A: Click on the image of the Flaming Cow Fart to find out.

[Commentary excerpt found here; top image found in here; snarky related posts here.]

Evolutionary Hot Links

Sunday, 9 October 2016

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Dinosaurs washed up on Florida beach prior to arrival of Hurricane Matthew.

Friend from Jacksonville rode it out & posted this.

Coffee table lets you ponder the ocean depths. At this scale, whales and ships are microscopic, so you’ll need a few tokes to fully appreciate it.

One of the best Tweets by a CNN “journalist” ever.

Tim Meadows, aka Leon Phelps, The Ladies’ Man.

Climate catastrophe was predicted in 1873 [Source] and it never happened. Via the The July 10, 1873 Decatur Republican (Decatur, IL) :

We have heard from our ally, Prof. Plantamour, again. Last year he prophesied we were to be burned up. Now he declares in a paper just issued in Paris, that everybody will be frozen to death in the year 2011. We are glad to have the date accurately fixed, for we shall arrange for our life insurance policy to expire in the year 2011. The first news of the freeze will appear in the Saturday Evening Post for Jan. 1st, 2011, an we shall offer as a premium to clubs that year, an all-wool overcoat four feet thick, with an air tight stove in each breast pocket, and a gas heater in the tail, and an open grate arrangement at the collar. The getter up of two clubs will have a pair of skates, and a double breasted pink undershirt thrown in. Persons who wish to compete for these prizes, can send their subscriptions now, from this year to 2011, in order to make the thing certain. No paper shall beat us, if we have to get up a corner in a double-breasted undershirts and create a panic in the market. –Max Adeler

And yeah, we gotcher Climate Change hangin’.

Raccoon Whack-A-Mole. The music is really annoying, so turn off the sound. You’ve been warned.

THIS is a happy dog.

Even Kenya Goes Green on Earth Day

Monday, 2 May 2016

Kenya Goes Green

[Found here. This was originally intended to be posted on “Earth Day” but our internest access was on the fritz.]

I hate this “Earth Day” garbage. Nature has been trying to kill us off for millennia and has never back-pedaled the threat. Not once. And not once has the Earth given us the common courtesy to thank us for ignoring that undeniable fact.

So in response to “Earth Day,” we turned on all our lights, cranked up the furnace, cranked down the air conditioning, turned on the humidifier and dehumidifier at the same time, and left the refrigerator door open. I plugged in the electric weed-whacker, taped the trigger, watched it dance around the back yard and dig a trench into a fresh gopher run. Judging from the color of the dirt, it actually caught one of the little furry bastards.

We washed our socks one at a time in the Kenmore with the load setting on “full.” We flushed twice to make sure a silverfish was gone forever, and we made sure that the lawn sprinklers watered the sidewalk properly.

We also burned a lot of fossil fuel by taking numerous unnecessary trips to our next-door neighbors’ house for inane chit-chat and let the car idle in their driveway for hours until the Sears DieHard was simply glowing with happy amused electricity. We even left the TV on all night and turned the TiVo on to watch it for us.

And Gaia snickered.

[Related posts here.]

Signature Service Hot Links

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Gas Can Guitar Boy

Why A Pair of Pants?

“Pants” is an abbreviation for “Pantaloons,” originally a two-piece garment, with one sleeve for each leg, both tied around the waist. The codpiece was a polite, yet not-so-polite, appurtenance. Pantaloons (with or without codpieces) were a hit in France in the late 1600s. What a surprise.

The word “pantaloons” comes from the French pantalon, derived from Italian pantalone, named after San Pantalone, aka Saint Pantaleone, aka Saint Panteleímon.

St. PantaleoneThat guy was pretty cool. He practiced medicine until he became a Faith Healer and was accused of witchcraft in 305AD. He survived being set on fire with torches, being dipped in molten lead, tied to a rock and thrown into the sea, fed to wild animals, torn apart on the rack, and a beheading. He freed a bunch of slaves, too. Once he agreed that beheading was usually lethal, he was beheaded a second time and he died.

The origin of the taunt “Liar, liar, pants on fire!” is related.

Straatsen in the Netherlands [via].

Hexaflexigon burrito. Do it. Eat it.

Some of these DIY illusions are cool.

RHNB = Red Hot Nickel Ball. Nice video collection by a guy who knows what to do with one.

El Niño – He’s a-comin’ ta gitcha, and Google Maps has you covered.

We’ve all seen ’em. They’re called dickheads.

Don’t do this [via].

Do this instead. [Top image screen-capped from that video and doctored a tad.]

“And Now For The Weather…”

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

And Now For The Weather

This is what happens when you post a link to a $23 dress on Amazon to a female meteorologist Facebook group.

[Image and caption found here. Click the image for larger weather.]

The .GIF Friday Post No.414 – Ice Sheet Storm, Cat Daddy & Cheep Cheep Cheep Feed Me Cheep Cheep Cheep x 1000

Friday, 20 November 2015

Sheet Storm
cat spook

AWSOME CHEERS

[Found here, here and here.]

Last Year’s Brunch.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Last Year's Brunch

[Found here.]

Hot Links To Chu

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Chu Berry Album Cover CHU

The Argument Of The Beard goes like this:

“…For if once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination. Once [one] begin[s] upon this downward path, you never know where you are to stop. Many a man has dated his ruin from some murder or other that perhaps he thought little of at the time.”
–Thomas DeQuincey

Yet another way to win at Rock Paper Scissors.

It’s 11:22 according to the ferrofluid clock.

Mare brings horseyhubby a sammich [via].

Haka for Mr. Dawson Tamatea’s funeral.

Ever wondered what people do with clam saliva? Here you go.

BREAKING NEWS: The Antarctic ice cap is reportedly melting due to Anthropogenic Global Climate Change™. That means the temperature at the South Pole has risen at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and it’s all your fault. [More here]

Chu Berry & His Stompy Stevedores with “ChuBerry Jam” from 1937 [via].

Now let’s talk about volume and displacement.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Mercury - Please Don't Hit Us

Most people have no concept of the size or depth of the Atlantic Ocean or the distances between continents, so this graphic is useless, inane and awesome at the same time. Very cool.

Now if the Planet somehow managed to violate its orbit and dropped in unexpectedly, Global Warming would indeed be something to worry about.

[Found here via here.]

Earth Day 2015

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Happy Earth Day

Yep, it’s time again to swab out your car’s tailpipe, cut off the electricity, raise the garage door by hand and pee in the back yard… in the dark.

Whatta buncha ineffectual misdirected feel-good ignorant hoo-hah.

[Rightclick the image, copy & paste, and share it. It’s my opinion and it’s very very true. –Bunk]


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