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Comment Re:"...need to be prepared..." (Score 1) 382

If you want to talk about paleo-climate, realise that the industrial revolution looks like an asteroid strike in the fossil record.


Mostly due to the difference in resolution between the proxies used for paleo-climate and today's instrumental measurements of course.

Comment Re:"I am about to be killed, tortured, or exiled," (Score 1) 706

Did you take the time to look up how many countries consider laws at home to apply to their citizens when they're abroad?

I'm Swedish - smoking cannabis is illegal (very much so, it's considered to be the same as shooting heroin) here. However, if I get stopped on the streets of southern Sweden and taken in for a urine test, all I have to say is that I was recently in Amsterdam and smoked it there.

You see, the laws of Sweden applies ... well, in Sweden. When I'm in another country I'm expected to follow the laws there.

Comment "Recorded history" (Score 1) 390

"If you go back thousands of years, you see that droughts can go on for years if not decades, and there were some dry periods that lasted over a century, like during the Medieval period and the middle Holocene [the current geological epoch, which began about 11,000 years ago]. The 20th century was unusually mild here, in the sense that the droughts weren’t as severe as in the past. It was a wetter century, and a lot of our development has been based on that.

If you look at the archaeological record, you see that the Native American population in the West expanded in the wet years that preceded those long droughts in the Medieval period. Then during the droughts, they were pretty much wiped out. There was the so-called Anasazi collapse in the Southwest about 800 years ago. In some ways, I see that as an analogy to us today."

Anyone who wasn't expecting a multi year drought in California obviously didn't study history.

Comment Re:Thanks, I'll pass (Score 3, Informative) 66

I support the Pirate Party, but I'm wary of any "news service" run specifically by any political party.

Thank you for your support, it's much appreciated. However, Falkvinge's news service isn't in any way affiliated with the Swedish Pirate Party (or any other Pirate Party as far as I know). Interests and viewpoints might of course overlap regardless.

Comment Re:the world was supposed to end years ago (Score 1) 637

Or did you actually personally hear Al Gore et. al. speak?

I did. Web 2.0 Summit, San Francisco, in 2008. He claimed (and quoted scientists) that the arctic would be free from summer ice in five years. Recorded video here:

(Oh, and he was way off on claiming it's "been there" for three million years. It didn't exist during the last interglacial, the Eemian, and a growing body of evidence suggests it didn't during the beginning of our own interglacial, during the Holocene Optimum, either)

Comment Re:Icehouse Earth (Score 1) 637

Yes, but those transitions usually take place within thousands or tens of thousands of years.

Wrong. Why do you believe something with absolutely no scientific support?

Until a few decades ago it was generally thought that all large-scale global and regional climate changes occurred gradually over a timescale of many centuries or millennia, scarcely perceptible during a human lifetime. The tendency of climate to change relatively suddenly has been one of the most suprising outcomes of the study of earth history, specifically the last 150,000 years (e.g., Taylor et al., 1993). Some and possibly most large climate changes (involving, for example, a regional change in mean annual temperature of several degrees celsius) occurred at most on a timescale of a few centuries, sometimes decades, and perhaps even just a few years. The decadal-timescale transitions would presumably have been quite noticeable to humans living at such times, and may have created difficulties or opportunities (e.g., the possibility of crossing exposed land bridges, before sea level could rise)