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Open mike 31/07/2022

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  1. Stephen D 1

    The Green activists are probably right.

    But politics…

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/30/total-climate-meltdown-inevitable-heatwaves-global-catastrophe?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

    ”Stings in the tail

    Five unexpected threats posed by the pumping of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere

    Under our feet As vast, thick sheets of ice disappear from high mountains and from the poles, rock crusts that had previously been compressed are beginning to rebound, threatening to trigger earthquakes and tsunamis. “We are on track to bequeath to our children and their children not only a far hotter world, but also a more geologically fractious one,” says Bill McGuire.

    New battlefields As crops burn and hunger spreads, communities are coming into conflict and the election of populist leaders – who will promise the Earth to their people – is likely to become commonplace. Most worrying are the tensions over dwindling water supplies that are growing between India, Pakistan and China, all possessors of atomic weapons. “The last thing we need is a hot war over water between two of the world’s nuclear powers,” McGuire observes.

    Methane bombs Produced by wetlands, cattle and termites, methane is 86 times more potent in its power to heat the atmosphere than carbon dioxide, though fortunately it hangs around for much less time. The problem is that much of the world’s methane is trapped in layers of Arctic permafrost. As these melt, more methane will be released and our world will get even hotter.

    Losing the Gulf Stream As the ice caps melt, the resulting cold water pouring from the Arctic threatens to block or divert the Gulf Stream, which carries a prodigious amount of heat from the tropics to the seas around Europe. Signs now suggest the Gulf Stream is already weakening and could shut down completely before end of the century, triggering powerful winter storms over Europe.

    Calorie crunch Four-fifths of all calories consumed across the world come from just 10 crop plants including wheat, maize and rice. Many of these staples will not grow well under the higher temperatures that will soon become the norm, pointing towards a massive cut in the availability of food, which will have a catastrophic impact across the planet, says McGuire.”

    • alwyn 1.1

      I'm not sure that we will really notice much effect from the land rising when the ice melts. We are still getting the land rising from the ice melting after the last ice age. During the ice age the ice was apparently about 2 miles thick over a good part of the Northern hemisphere which is much more than anywhere except Antarctica today.

      Any melting of todays ice would seem to me to be much less than the end of the ice age effects.

      ' The last ice age occurred just 16,000 years ago, when great sheets of ice, two miles thick, covered much of Earth's Northern Hemisphere. Though the ice melted long ago, the land once under and around the ice is still rising and falling in reaction to its ice-age burden.'.

      https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/glacial-adjustment.html#:~:text=Even%20though%20the%20ice%20retreated,slowly%20sinking%20from%20forebulge%20collapse.

    • pat 1.2

      The Greens activists are right…..but they dont have a plan.

      Like the vote to remove Shaw with no alternative candidate they wish to remove the current paradigm without the semblance of an alternative…and that dosnt inspire support, rather the opposite.

      People want a plan, not high level soundbites.

  2. weka 2

    That was a long outage. I got some projects done, lol

    • Anne 2.1

      Got plenty sorted too including the washing. smiley

    • lprent 2.2

      Sorry about that. Was in Otaki. Didn't see it last night because of the party i had come to attend. Left early this morning, didn't see until a late lunch in te kuiti. Fixed it when I got back to Auckland.

      It wss an OOM in mariadb. And the restart failed. I will look at the logs after I recover from the drive.

      Had fun driving in Waiouru in the snow. That was nostalgic as was the museum for the same reason. I helped build it in a very cold August uni break.

      • Matiri 2.2.1

        Boscos Te Kuiti?

        • lprent 2.2.1.1

          Not sure – was on the left road heading out of Te Kuiti towards Hamilton. I'd been in the the main drag which was largely closed apart from the George (?) in the station. The food menu posted outside there wasn't suitable for the vegan I was transporting.

          Crossed the rail line and started to head to next town. Umm looking at the photos – yeah probably Boscos.

  3. SPC 3

    Pixelsmixel introduces season 3

  4. Robert Guyton 4

    I coppiced hazels. It felt good.

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