Friday Fun Facts About — Global Warming?
I have a really hard time keeping up with this topic. Is it “global warming,” “climate change” or some new buzz word that hasn’t manage to find its way into my consciousness yet?
For those of you who are Al Gore fans here are some fun facts (?) about this ecological phenomenon.
Fun Facts About Global Warming
- According to the UN Environmental Programme, (that’s how they spell it) about 150-200 species of plant, insect bird and mammals become extinct every 24 hours. It’s the highest rate of extinction since dinosaurs roamed the earth.
- Global warming could be responsible for the extinction of as many as one in six animal and plant species in the future.
- While temperatures vary widely across the globe, August of 2014 was the warmest August ever in every recorded spot on earth.
- Blame fossil fuels if you want but the fact is that cows give off more methane than oil products and is a huge factor in temperature change. Knock it off Bossy.
- Not sure who was around to record it, but supposedly there is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere today than there has been at any time in the last 800,000 years. Must have been a shortage of cows back then.
- Swedish Scientist Svante Arrhenius first noticed global warming and fossil fuel combustion in 1896. C’mon he’s Swedish.
- Global sea levels have risen about 8 inches since 1870. We just need to raise more sponges and throw them in the ocean. Problem solved.
- If you think global warming is a hoax you are in the company of 37 percent of all Americans — including me.
- Global warming by race. US Hispanics are seventy percent more likely to believe that global warming is caused by humans than forty-four percent of whites.
- Getting more current, 2010 was the warmest year on record. Everywhere or…?
- A “Scientific Report” claims that there will be a 50% increase in lightening strikes by 2100 if we don’t do something about global warming. Currently lightening strikes the Earth about 100 times a second. Eighty-five years from now people will just have to live with 150 strikes per second.
- If global warming were introduced on Mars, as some scientists would like, it could support life and be colonized. See it’s a good thing.
Some Final Thoughts
So I’m having some fun with global warming. Sue me.
Maybe I’ll take it more seriously when people burst into flames at the equator or the ice flows reach the northern Montana border.
When Florida is underwater maybe I’ll look at those curly light bulbs more closely.
Until then — stay warm. Comments below.