Sensor Issues Causing Underestimation of Sea Ice

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The National Snow and Ice Data Center is one of the key organizations in tracking sea ice coverage.  Yes, this is the same organization that thought an ice-free polar region was possible by September of 2008.  It appears that they have had sensor issues that have caused them to incorrectly report some sea areas ice-free when they were actually ice-covered.  They have reported that they have under-reported ice coverage by 500,000 square kilometers.  NSIDC has removed their invalid data and are searching for other data sets to find accurate information.

Sea ice is currently tracking higher than the previous 4 years.

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Written by admin on February 19, 2009

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12 Year Old Speaking on Abortion

Came across this video.  Very eloquent young lady!

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Written by admin on February 18, 2009

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Biofuels Actually Increase CO2

Let me preface this by saying that I don’t buy into AGW theory, but I know some of my readers do and may find this interesting…

AFP has an article stating that biofuels are actually increasing the rate of CO2 emissions.  According to the article, a good portion of the land used to grow crops used for biofuels are newly cut rainforests or disturbed forests.  The stored CO2 that is released by the cutting of these forests will take 40 to 120 years to break even in a high-yield crop (such as sugar).  Worse yet, a low-yield crop (such as corn or soybeans) will require 300 to 1500 years to break even.

Throw in that biofuels raise food prices as well as the negative energy return of using them, and you have to question using crop-based biofuels if your movitvation is to reduce CO2.

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Written by admin on February 18, 2009

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Obama Spoof Video

Hats off to “The Deep Insight“, where I came across this spoof video.

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Written by admin on February 17, 2009

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Is This Why Obama Delayed Signing?

I know, don’t rely on anything a politician says…  Just a reminder that Obama promised 5 days between the time a bill hit his desk and the time any of them would be signed.  Though in this case that means he wouldn’t sign the “stimulus” bill until late Wednesday, last I heard it will be signed on Tuesday.

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Written by admin on February 16, 2009

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