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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Global Impact

The first day of February, and it feels more and more like spring than winter.  This morning was reminiscent of “April Showers, Bring May Flowers”, and when the clouds cleared and the sun came out, I swear I could hear the buds on the trees popping…

Not having a clue what I wanted for dinner tonight, and not being prepared to cook anything, it was Sushi nite at the Jenkins house.  Have to remember to stop at the store, or take something out of the freezer.  Luke was happy because every time you ask him what he wants for dinner, he say “Sushi”….

Kyle came with me to the gym, and tonight was a light workout for me, because my knee was stiff.  I ran on the street yesterday, so I know for sure why it hurts and is stiff today.   Next time we go, Kyle gets a membership since his friends go, and sometimes he may want to go with them…besides he can’t really continue to be a guest.  Once or twice was fine to see if he liked it.

This day in history “NASA : Global Warming Caused Mostly By Humans”

A new NASA study tries to lay to rest the skepticism about climate change, especially vocal this year on the GOP presidential campaign trail. It finds, like other major scientific research, that greenhouse gases generated by human activities -- not changes in solar activity -- are the primary cause of global warming.
NASA researchers updated calculations of the Earth's energy imbalance, which is the difference between the amount of solar energy absorbed by the Earth's surface and the amount returned to space as heat. They found that despite unusually low solar activity from 2005 to 2010, the planet continued to absorb more energy (half a watt more per square meter) than it returned to space during that time period.

Well, if NASA says it’s true, then it must be true.  After all, some of the brightest scientists and instrumentation is at their disposal, and they have no vested interest in it being true or false. 

In December, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that all 11 years of the 21st century so far (2001–2011) rank among the 13 warmest in the 132-year period of record.

Sue made a batch of brownies, that the boys are feasting on.  I am going to grab a beer I think as American Idol comes on.   Gavin is supposed to call tonight, so I hope he does as we have not heard from him in several weeks.  Text and Facebook updates, yes, but have not heard his voice in a long time.  We miss him, but he is having such a great time up at Hartwick.  It is cold upstate, or at least it was, as his club went to Pine Lake the other day to play Frisbee on the frozen Pine Lake.

Photo of the day “ Global Impact"

A farm sits under floodwaters in Hato Grande on the northern outskirts of Bogota, Colombia, on May 21. From Chile to Colombia to Mexico, Latin America has been battered recently by wildfires, floods and droughts. Experts say the number of extreme weather events is increasing worldwide and the evidence suggests global warming is having an impact. 

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