Saturday, April 19, 2008

Peeling paint graphs the progress of runaway global warming

Peeling Paint Graphs the Progress of Runaway Global Warming
If the x axis represents time, and the y axis represents temperature, then this patch of peeling paint could be seen as graphing runaway global warming, although we don't know the exact coordinates yet, nor the precise slope of the curve. Runaway global warming will eventually reach some sort of equilibrium at a higher level. For example, the temperature of the planet Venus does not change a lot from year to year. Unfortunately, we do not know whether the equilibrium temperature will be compatible with human life as we know it.


Anonymous said...

You don't know the slope of the curve and you still make claims on it? lol? You would totally fail science at a real university.

Dr Bud Diablo said...

A hallmark of schizophrenia is the "loose association." The connection of paint flaking off a cement block with the trajectory of global warming does indeed constitute a warning sign, but not for the entire species. Are you, uh, acquainted with any Venusians? Just asking.

You were mercifully quiet about global warming while Madison was encased in ice and battered by record snowfalls, but I feared this preoccupation would return with the first robin. And so it has.