Friday, November 11, 2005

Did SUV-Driving, Environment-Raping Capitalists Roam the Earth 55 Million Years Ago?

Beans Marched North Eons Ago, During Warming

Friday, November 11, 2005
Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- An increase in the planet's temperature 55 million years ago prompted major shifts in plant distribution, researchers reported yesterday...

...Their findings are reported in today's issue of the journal Science.

The group studied a period called the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, when the planet warmed up over about 10,000 years, raising the average temperature by between 9 degrees and 18 degrees Fahrenheit. The warmth lasted for 80,000 to 120,000 years...

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So, global temperatures increased between 9 and 18 degrees Fahrenheit 55 million years ago, but we should be forced to limit population growth and pay multiples more for alternative energy sources because:

on a global average, land-surface air and sea surface temperature rose by between 0.3°C (0.54 F) and 0.6°C (1.08 F) between the late 19th century and 1994

Over the last 150 years, the planet has warmed between 1/36th and 1/9th the amount that it warmed 54.99999 million years before SUVs. We probably have about 5,000 years to research this.


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