Science : 110 Years Since We Ran Out Of Water

28 Jul 1906 – WHY WE MAY ALL DIE OF THIRST

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28 Responses to Science : 110 Years Since We Ran Out Of Water

  1. Weylan McAnally says:

    Tony,
    This morning there was a news blurb on how the Northwest passage was just completed in 20 some odd days. Of course it was due to.global warming. You may want to do a piece about it.

    • garyh845 says:

      The second paragraph is the dandy:

      “The once-forbidding route through the Arctic, linking the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans, has been opening up sooner and for a longer period each summer due to climate change. Sea ice that in years past foiled famous explorers and blocked the passage to all but the hardiest ships has slowly been melting away in one of the most visible effects of man-made global warming.”

  2. RAH says:

    Link did not work for me. Page not found.
    However my own search turned up this:
    http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-northwest-passage-20170729-story.html

    “Icebreaker sets record for earliest crossing of Northwest Passage”

  3. Howard Cohodas says:

    Does the term Icebreaker give a clue?

    • RAH says:

      What is funny is in the article they mention the ship pass near where the two less than 400 ton wooden ships of the doomed Franklin expedition were abandoned as if there was some similarity.

  4. garyh845 says:

    Wonder if Tony is looking at this one yet: “July about to go down as hottest month in Miami. Ever.” Here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/article164179492.html

    Note: just looked at CAG. July’s not up yet, but what I see looking back is a cool trend – pre 1980’s, then a warm trend, post. 2 almost level trend lines. Just like Alaska (though the last el Nino, played God with that level trend line).

  5. John Westman says:

    Some facts in regard to the North West Passage (NWP)

    First through the passage was Roald Amundsen, in his voyage of 1903-06. He did not have a powered icebreaker to clear the way.

    In the 1940-42 and again in 1944 the Canadian Police went through, in both directions, in the St Roch.

    In 1954, the warship HMCS Labrador made the crossing.

    In 1969 a 150,000 ton oil tanker, carrying a symbolic barrel of oil from Prudhoe Bay, traversed the passage, but with significant damage.

    The idea that the passage has recently opened for the first time is propaganda.

    Reference data: “The Quest for the North West Passage” published by the Folio Society.

  6. RAH says:

    Well I’m off to Laredo. Team run. Has to deliver by 22:00 EDST tomorrow. 22 hours of driving to make the 1,342 mi trip. Though I don’t mind going to Laredo, TX since I haven’t been there for a few months, team driving is the most fatiguing type of driving. Especially when you don’t care much for the guy your teaming with. But when I’m not driving I’ll just crawl into the sleeper berth and stay there and read or sleep until my next driving shift. Suspect I go into the sleeper first but that’s up to the other guy.

  7. Kris J says:

    For a water molecule to leave the earth, it would need to reach the minimum escape velocity. Typically that’s a very very high number.

    That’s a great high school Physics question!

  8. Kris J says:

    ….thanks for the idea! I’m going to borrow your newspaper clipping…

  9. Leonard Lane says:

    Maybe this professor in 1906 should left his office and went to see the raging Colorado River create the Salton Sea.

  10. TimA says:

    I store up dehydrated water so we’ll be OK….

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      We are also prepared but we have petitions running in Boulder to outlaw dihydrogen monoxide, a dangerous chemical found in bottled water sold in our grocery stores …

      • arn says:

        It’almost as dangerous as dioxigen-carbon gas.
        The former livebringer now Hitler molecule/pollution thing with super amazing isolating infrared reflecting powers(powers so amazing that by some unexplainable coincidence noone cares to use )

    • R Shearer says:

      Works well for dry cleaning?

  11. Zfgguy says:

    Here is another idiot journalist attempting to spread panic:

    http://www.wweek.com/news/2017/07/30/this-wednesday-could-be-the-hottest-day-in-portland-history/

    Care to set her straight?

    • Steve Parker says:

      “The lowest temperature Portland has seen this summer was 60 degrees on June 12, meaning that in less than two months, the temperature will have risen by nearly 80 percent—not including overnight lows.”

      That’s a faulty analysis. In Celsius, we were about 16 in June, and may hit 42 this week. Temperatures have nearly tripled!!!

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