The positives of global warming

Erich Wiedemann (for Der Spiegel) writes: “Ice-cap melting may be bad news for the polar bears in Manitoba, Canada, but it is great news for Pat Broe in Denver. When the ice melts in the Artic, the polar predators have to search for new hunting grounds or starve — but Broe doesn’t mind. He figures global warming will make him around $100 million a year.”

Read the full piece: Profiteering from the Arctic Thaw

Fantastic. More oil. Who needs those polar bears anyway?


4 thoughts on “The positives of global warming

  1. a few Consequences of Global Warming

    The 1999-2002 national drought was one of the three most extensive droughts in the last 40 years.

    Dry conditions produced the worst wildfires in 50 years in Florida in 1998.

    Montana, Colorado, and Kansas experienced severe dust storms in 2002, a product of dry conditions.

    September 2001 to February 2002 was the second driest six-month period on record for the Northeast.

    more intense lightening storms

    2003, extreme heat waves caused more than 20,000 deaths in Europe and more than 1500 deaths in India.

    More than 250 people died as a result of an intense heat wave that gripped most of the eastern two-thirds of the United States in 1999.

    Disease-carrying mosquitoes are spreading as climate shifts allow them to survive in formerly inhospitable areas. Mosquitoes that can carry dengue fever viruses were previously limited to elevations of 3,300 feet but recently appeared at 7,200 feet in the Andes Mountains of Colombia. Malaria has been detected in new higher-elevation areas in Indonesia.

    more powerful and dangerous hurricanes

    At the current rate of retreat, all of the glaciers in Glacier National Park will be gone by 2070.

    sea-level rise
    Current rates of sea-level rise are expected to increase as a result both of thermal expansion of the oceans and of partial melting of mountain glaciers and the Antarctic and Greenland ice caps. Consequences include loss of coastal wetlands and barrier islands, and a greater risk of flooding in coastal communities. Low-lying areas, such as the coastal region along the Gulf of Mexico and estuaries like the Chesapeake Bay, are especially vulnerable.

    ecosystem shifts and species die-off
    The increase in global temperatures is expected to disrupt ecosystems and result in loss of species diversity, as species that cannot adapt die off.

  2. Oops. Either I’m mistaking your post or I didn’t realise that my post didn’t come across as being sarcastic about global warming and climate change. I am acutely aware of the crazy weather patterns that we’re seeing right now from the last few years. It’s raining in Bangalore as I type this, not really seasonal. The more we see of these kinds of weather patterns, the more worrying it gets.

    So, no, I see nothing positive in global warming; it’s just that my writing didn’t make that clear.

  3. It wasn’t my intention to be overly negative, I was just throwing in my 2 cents worth. Though I admit I didn’t understand that you were being ironic. I find in my own writing, trying to convey things like irony a constant challenge. Its strange how different the written word is compares to speech. One gets these great train of ideas, then you sit down to type them all and it comes out more like a mixed salad then well composed prose.

    Bangalore ? My goodness you’re on the other side of the world from me in the world’s largest democracy. Keep writing I’ll try and drop by once in a while.

  4. Yeah, the written word does tend to come across differently if you’re not careful and I wasn’t in this instance. One click publishing has its hazards every once in a while. I think the good ol’ ‘read it out aloud’ trick would’ve helped in this case.

    Which part of the world are you in?

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