Here are a few stories that I found interesting. You might find them interesting too!
First, according to new research, Neanderthals weren’t wiped out because of a dramatic climate change.
A study published in the Sept. 13 issue of the journal Nature suggests abrupt global cooling was not the final calamity that wiped out Neanderthals.
The study does not, however, offer any direct clues about what did finally kill off the Neanderthals. (Climate)
I think this is encouraging because if cold weather didn’t kill Neanderthals, then perhaps we moderns will be able to survive the impending heat waves of Global Warming. Humans (or any variations of humans) are remarkably adept at surviving calamities that other beasts cannot survive.
Then there’s this: (Climate Cuts)
WASHINGTON — The government’s climate change research is threatened by spending cuts that will reduce scientists’ observations from space and on the ground, a study says.
A major problem, the National Research Council said Thursday, is the program director’s lack of authority to organize spending and research among the 13 different agencies that study the impacts of climate.
Looks like it’s tough luck for the polar bears. *Sniff*
And here’s the most important new of all (Cow Flatulence)
Eating less meat could help slow global warming by reducing the number of livestock and thereby decreasing the amount of methane flatulence from the animals, scientists said on Thursday.
In a special energy and health series of the medical journal The Lancet, experts said people should eat fewer steaks and hamburgers. Reducing global red meat consumption by 10 percent, they said, would cut the gases emitted by cows, sheep and goats that contribute to global warming.
I would think just the opposite. I would think that if we ate more cows there would be less cows. What are we going to do when the the cow population starts running amok? I cannot believe this is serious science. I cannot believe that this is serious journalism.
And finally (Cataclysm)
Astronomers have spotted a planet that has survived the massive ballooning of its parent star, providing the first optimistic evidence for the long-term survival of Earth.The discovery, detailed in the Sept. 13 issue of the journal Nature, could motivate other scientists to look for similar red giant survivors.That in turn could eventually lead to an answer to one of astronomers’ favorite questions: Will Earth survive the sun’s swelling when it goes through its own red giant phase in a few billion years?
Well, seriously, in a few billion years? I guess we had better start worrying about this now then, right? I mean, what are our children going to do with this serious condition we have left them in a few billion years? We had better start hoping that we have evolved out of our current state when the sun starts expanding in a few billion years. We better get some scientists on special space ships to fly out to the sun and tell it to give us an extra billion years or so that we can begin building shelters! Or maybe we need to ask the sun, nicely, if it will just not go through a red giant phase in a few billion years.
As they said:
“For sure this discovery will move other people to look for other similar systems, so in a few years we will have much stronger constraints for the models,” Silvotti said. “At that point, it will be possible to do relatively good models for what happens to the planets in general in the red giant phase. So in the end we might know what will happen to Earth.”
Here’s what Peter wrote:
10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. 11Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. (2 Peter 3:10-13, NIV)
But there is hope: His Name is Jesus. Instead of worrying about things we cannot change, things we cannot stop, things we cannot in the least bit of a way control, let’s listen to Jesus, the only hope we have here on earth. He is the only Way.
Soli Deo Gloria!