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Thursday, January 05, 2006


Dubya's great-great^4096 grandfather is to blame, naturally

There is a certain spin on this new study which seems to beg - nay! entreat, importune, implore, plead, beseech - a certain question:

A new study has revealed that an extraordinary burst of global warming that took place around 55 million years ago dramatically reversed the world's pattern of ocean currents, adding weight to modern concerns over climate change.

The research, produced by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, showed how global warming caused by greenhouse gases can quickly disrupt ocean processes and lead to drastic changes.

The Palaeocene/Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), which occurred 55 million years ago, saw the planet's surface temperature rise by between five and eight degrees Celsius in a very short time, unleashing climate shifts that lasted tens of thousands of years.

The study appears in the respected British journal Nature, and comes after research published in November suggested that global warming is slowing the Atlantic current, giving western Europe its mild climate.

The question is: How many fat Americans were driving SUVs and launching wars for oil... 55 million years ago?


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