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Mark Atwood
Another photo credit, on NowPublic.com
My recent photo, Project 365, Day 74: Daffodils, which I uploaded only today, has already generated my next photo credit, in an article on the crowdsourced news site NowPublic.com.

The article itself is all "OMG! A nice spring! Global Warming! Oh noes!", which I generally consider to be bunkum, but it's nice that the writer liked my photo.
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jenevastorme From: jenevastorme Date: March 20th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
It *is* problematic when things start growing/blooming earlier than normal, because then they are not available at the right time for some of the creatures that need them to get going in the spring, especially after hibernation or migration. It's becoming increasingly problematic in extreme and sensitive areas like the Arctic, where so much of the ecosystem is dependent on the timing of ice formation and breakup. One or two weeks' difference either way has a huge impact on the biological community.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: March 20th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Several times within the last thousand years, grapes for wine grew in what is now New England, and the warm seasons were warmer and started sooner then they do today.

The arctic ecosystem dealt with it then. It can deal with it again.
jenevastorme From: jenevastorme Date: March 20th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sure, if you look at the geological scale, but if you follow that line to its logical conclusion, the planet could theoretically start over from molten rock if it had to. But would we want to experience that?

On the scale that we exist, things are going to get pretty uncomfortable during the adjustment period -- and are getting so already in many parts of the world that don't have the advantage of technological fixes in the meantime. Even those won't help as much as we'd like, when the adjustments involve things like changes in precipitation patterns, which will have (are having) significant effects on things like agriculture and water availability. The Arctic is just the canary in the coal mine, the effects are certainly not stopping there.

How much environmental change would you care to experience personally, or how much could the current population and culture take without straining beyond its capacity to adapt? The problem with that question is, we won't know the answer until it happens, and then we'll just have to deal with it one way or another.

It certainly doesn't hurt to be prepared for what we might expect, based on what we know thus far. And what we know increases every day -- though unfortunately raising as many questions as it answers (or fortunately if you're the happily inquisitive type, heh).

Personally, I wouldn't want to live in a world without polar bears.
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