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Comment: Basic biology what? (Score 1) 573

The science behind what he's saying isn't really adding up. While there's naturally studies on both sides, this study indicates greater CO2 levels can inhibit growth http://news.stanford.edu/pr/02...

Moreover, methane is significantly more responsible for global climate change because it traps 100 times more heat than CO2. http://www.onegreenplanet.org/...

Comment: Still waiting for sanity (Score 1) 98

by Cantankerous Cur (#49296411) Attached to: Some Biodegradable Plastics Don't Live Up To Their Claims
I just don't understand why the US won't just burn the vast majority of its waste for power. Numerous other countries do it. Even burning plastic isn't particularly bad for the environment, especially when compared with the alternatives. And with only one exception (aluminum), recycling is just a energy sink.

Comment: Re:You try it first (Score 1) 369

by Cantankerous Cur (#49069965) Attached to: Two New Male Birth Control Chemicals In Advanced Stages
Uh, yeah, gonna need some proof for those claims of side effects. Contrary to what you express, vasectomies are fairly safe and effective. http://theturekclinic.com/serv... And as it stands, the female pill has a number of nasty potential side effects, far beyond anything a vasectomy could do.

Comment: The fix? (Score 1) 262

The fix is almost certainly going to be as problematic as no doubt they'll make it harder to change the name like requiring admin rights or having some sort of language filter. The former is more likely and naturally the result will be 'and Comcast has been screwing up the spelling of my name for six months, 3 supervisors promised to fix it, and yet here we are!'

Comment: Re:You gotta be kidding me... (Score 5, Informative) 168

by Cantankerous Cur (#48848925) Attached to: FDA Approves Implantable Vagus Nerve Disruptor For Weight Loss

That's bullshit. Obese people have pretty much the same metabolism as skinny people. It's not your "metabolism" that makes you obese, it's how much and what you eat.

No, it really is quite dependent on biology. There are numerous studies on twins that clearly show that it's governed by far more than just calories in == calories out. http://www.gatsby.ucl.ac.uk/~p... , http://www.nytimes.com/1990/05...

Comment: This reminds me of a political cartoon (Score 1) 786

by Cantankerous Cur (#48787045) Attached to: Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

http://arlohemphill.com/2011/08/10/what-if-we-create-a-better-world-for-nothing/

I'm baffled. I don't understand the impetus to deny human-driven climate change other than straight up greed. The one argument I've heard recited is the lack of an accurate model. I can barely get an accurate weather forecast for a week from now and you want accuracy with something on the time scale of decades.

And at the end of the day, even if the models are inaccurate, it's not a question of whether it's happening but simply time frame. What difference does it make if they're off by a decade or two? Does that give us time to squander? Let me answer that. No. I think Vonnegut probably got it right. "We could have saved it [earth], but we were too goddamned cheap."

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