Journal: News & Comment

Wednesday, January 24, 2001
# 11:58:00 AM:

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Feeling warmer? Or not?

Some parts of the northern hemisphere are suffering record low temperatures this winter. Others are having record mild spells. Even here in Vancouver, we have much lower than usual snowpacks on the local mountains, which makes for lousy skiing.

Is this evidence of accelerated global warming? After all, global warming doesn't mean everywhere gets warmer -- just that there tend to be more extremes, with the average temperature getting higher.

I suspect the answer is yes. The bad news of this new century may very well be dominated by the consequences of climate change, the way the last one was dominated by wars, genocide, and the threat of nuclear annihilation.

And on that cheery note, I'd like to say that this is a really spiffy notebook computer.


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