Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The "Myth" of Global Warming

I was reading a rather frightening article about a Northern Ireland salmon farm which was wiped out this week by an unprecedented attack of billions of jellyfish on the penned salmon. By the time workers wended their way through hordes of jellyfish, the entire salmon farm population was dead or dying from stings.

Sad, sad story, made even sadder when one anthropomorphizes the salmon and then imagines them penned like sitting (you should pardon the expression) ducks, whilst the (also anthropomorphized) rapacious and senselessly violent jellyfish (who probably are products of a bad upbringing and too much television) set upon them in a spectacular thrill-kill.

But this was the paragraph that pulled me up short and brought me back from my Lord-of-the-Jellyfish-Flies fantasyfest:

"The species of jellyfish responsible, Pelagia nocticula -- popularly known as the mauve stinger -- is noted for its purplish night-time glow and its propensity for terrorizing bathers in the warmer Mediterranean Sea. Until the past decade, the mauve stinger has rarely been spotted so far north in British or Irish waters, and scientists cite this as evidence of global warming."
Gee. Ya think? No. Really. Ya think maybe? What used to be the difference in temperature between the Mediterranean and the Irish Sea was the thing that sent tens of thousands of Brits packing for Costa del Sol and the south of France every year. Now, today, there's so little difference in the temperature between the two water bodies that jellyfish that require warm water to live have no problem collecting there (in great, gaping, roiling, homicidal numbers, apparently).

I'm pretty sure the planet Earth is broken. I'm pretty sure we broke it. And I'm almost positive that we've waited too long to fix it.



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