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Tom Toles

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  1. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, about 1 year ago

    Welcome to the NEW North Pole.

  2. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, about 1 year ago

    Anyone who has done much reading of scientific and geographic texts, like the one by Herodotus ca 450 BC about Hyperborea or the one by Mary Shelly published in 1818, knows that, back until the early 19th century, scientists knew that, while it gets colder for awhile as one goes north, eventually it gets as cold as possible, and, if one goes further north, the climate necessarily became tropical. So things are much colder in the Arctic today than they were then.


    Explorers wrote that they had found a year-round ice-free Northwest Passage, but could never relocate it, nor could anyone else find it, until this millennium. They wouldn’t have reported that the Northwest Passage exists or have spent so much time searching for it if there were no such thing, now would they? So we finally discovered that Northwest Passage, proving it was real, but now it’s only navigable in the summer. Again, meaning it’s much colder now than it was back before the 21st century when they could make accurate scientific measurement without having to apply liberal bias and keep them Politically Correct.

  3. chiangfc

    chiangfc said, about 1 year ago

    Are we really going to depend on scientific research done from 2000 to 200 years ago for what is a rather new phenomenon. Did they have centuries of industrialization, mass deforestation and such extensive use of hydrocarbons.

    Aso tropical weather up in the north – all those Arctic explorers and scientist and David Attenborough have been lying to me all these years. Thank you for opening my eyes.

  4. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    You must be new here, or you would recognize wme’s ongoing satire!
    Think Colbert…

  5. pirate227

    pirate227 said, about 1 year ago

    Looks like Noah’s Ark.

  6. phritzg

    phritzg GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Omnius

    Same thing is happening to the aquifers in the Plains states. Deplete them for today’s profits and to hell with the lives of their children and grandchildren.

  7. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Cod fishery over the Grand Banks was basically destroyed some time ago, restrictions are helping, but the breeding populations were basically destroyed, so it isn’t coming back very quickly. All over the world, human pressure on fisheries, game populations, and aquifers is causing huge problems, only increased by the use of petrochemicals that temporarily increase harvest, along with genetic engineering, that lead to long-term irreplaceable loss. Such is happening in the “high plains aquifer” , the Ogallala, and others, like beneath the southwest deserts that will take thousands of years to restore.


    But the “conservative” mantra remains: What has posterity done for me?


    The “Santa Claus” of endless productivity of the planets resources has been seriously wounded, not quite dead, but greed has already killed all the elves, so production IS on the way out.

  8. Godfreydaniel

    Godfreydaniel said, about 1 year ago

    I take exception to the outrageous non-science of this comic strip! We all know that Santa Claus breathes AIR!

  9. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, about 1 year ago

    Yes, that’s the problem…

  10. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @chiangfc

    Good scientific research is good scientific research, whenever it was conducted. We do know that we have had climate change well within our documented history; when the Gulf Stream shifted, Britain had a long period of cold, which let up when the Gulf Stream shifted again.

    We have good documented evidence that the climate has changed pretty regularly over the millennia. This is not a ‘new’ phenomenon. Its just happening when the political climate is happy to twist or even abandon science to protect industry’s right to trash the environment.

    It’s irrelevant whether we have ‘global warming’ or not, and it is also irrelevant to obsess over whether ‘we’ have caused it or it’s ‘natural’. ‘We’ are also part of the environment, like it or not, so we do impact it for good or ill.

    We certainly know that the environment, food, air and water, are deeply compromised in many places on the planet. We need to clean up the industrial pollution, but instead we allow ourselves to be engaged in a specious argument, while the pollution goes merrily on.

    If we don’t get it cleaned up soon, it will all be moot. If the abuse continues, it will eventually reach a point where we literally can’t live with it.

  11. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @David

    Great wisdom.

    It looks like we aren’t listening. Still.

  12. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @dtroutma

    Speaking of genetic engineering, have you seen this? We need to get behind it, full force.

    http://tinyurl.com/kz756kk

  13. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, about 1 year ago

    Michael wme: You are going to believe Herodotus over Admundson (first to sail the Northwest passage in 1907) or Larson (captain of the RCMP schooner St. Roch, which was the first to make it both ways in 1944)?

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    The facts are that though at the pole itself it is getting warmer it is still cooler around it and in the waters for now.


    As the oceans heat and the CO2 is dissolved in it making carbolic acid and making it less habitable for most of its life. Killing slowly what is left in the oceans after humanity’s ability to score the oceans clear of life via miles long drag nets.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    @Hawthorne

    That was regional shifts, this is a global shift brought on by Humanity’s ability to alter the earth permanently.
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    It is relevant that humanity is changing the Earth’s climate. We are running out of time to be able to easily reverse it. Once it shifts to a self sustaining feed back we will have to do extraordinary things to get it to shift back.

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