SO MUCH TROUBLE IN THE WORLD

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Surf's Up!

I have blogged about the issue of global warming in the past, but some recent articles ... and today's 60-degree December day in NYC ... inspired me to revisit the issue.

In the Journal Science, Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research has recently announced that the world's oceans may rise a lot more abruptly than we had earlier feared.

His study, based on air temperatures and past sea level changes rather than computer models, suggested seas could rise by 50-140 cms by 2100, well above the 9-88 cms projected by the scientific panel that advises the United Nations.

A rise of one meter might swamp low-lying Pacific islands such as Tuvalu, flood large areas of Bangladesh or Florida and threaten cities from New York to Buenos Aires. This series of pictures does a good job of illustrating the problem here at home.

Almost all climate scientists believe that the world is warming because of the emissions of greenhouse gases from human use of fossil fuels in factories, power plants and cars. Because of this, they see the only solution involving a massive reduction in the use of these fossil fuels. This drastic change should also be coupled with a move towards several environmentally friendly and renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power.




I think I might have a good plan to bring about some major changes in this country. My plan is based on a simple reposition of real estate. Essentially, only two things need to be done.

1) The White House gets relocated from its current location, in Washington DC, and gets moved to Grassy Key in Southern Florida.

2) The blueprint design of this new White House is to be based on the bungalow pictured below.


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4 Comments:

Blogger CJ said...

haha, nice solution...using your theory, maybe this means we can solve the crisis in Iraq by moving the White House to a local neighborhood in the Anbar Province? Now THAT is taking a hands on approach to governance!

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Blogger the fourth person said...

living in a southern portion of the country and a low tolerance for heat and humidity, i simply don't go outside except from home to vehicle to work to vehicle etc... only now is it bearable outside.

i keep asking myself. is this the last winter?

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