The Bane and Bust of e-Mail…

What was private is now public and you got mail!

With the recent release of a series of stolen e-mails apparently from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit seems to have been timed in a way that they would make it to the news just in time for the Copenhagen climate conference. Yet while in themselves, didn’t impact the conference itself as the perpetrators of the deed had hoped. They did on the other hand spawn many inquiries, “all of which cleared the researchers” of any technical faux-pas leaving them with only the appearance of an arrogant attitude when it came to the UK’s Freedom of Information Act. Yet whomever the parties were who spirited these mails from their owners is also planning the release of yet another batch ahead  of the upcoming  Durban climate meeting.

However the point to note here isn’t about the validity or politics of  climate change itself, instead its about e-mails.  That wonders invention which ARPNET brought us in the ability to push written messages around to many people at once.  As it’s an amazing thing to think that one e-mail can go to millions of people with a push of a single button.  While I’m might be pushing the spam envelope here, the reality isn’t too far off as the venerable e-mail has created a new form of communication medium if  you will which is connected, persistent and highly replicated.

So it is with breaches such as this and other like Wiki-Leaks which show two things with being anything typed in an e-mail is in the public domain like it or not as its replicated over and over by the technology which transports it, so there is no privacy there.  Second is it is persistent as it never goes away, as much like stomping out a colony  of ants, you will never get them all.  The same holds true for e-mails [as with ants] as the copies will do nothing but replicate, so once created they will persist for eternity.

The other thing about e-mails is they are “connected” as unlike a piece of paper one can’t say (claim) its anonymous, as e-mails have a connection to their sender.  As they not only have the message, they also carry the path taken to and from their connected source.

Finally it hit me about this story as who cares, yes who cares that these are stolen mails and that someone done some one wrong?  It seems our norms have shifted to accept the loss of privacy in our [perceived private] communications being made public.  As instead of promoting this as a violation, the concept has been one of rote information sharing and assessment.  Just remember the next time you type a mail, information want to be free and there are many people who will help it along the way.

Power To The People…

Eye sore or icon, as these prickly porcupines like it or not are our new electronic demigods...

As what caught my attention is a  team of researchers with funding from (interesting enough) the Finnish government has managed to develop a technology which  could cut the power consumption used by 3G smartphones by up to 74 percent.  This in turn would mean the extension of services which would include wireless Internet to millions of people residing in developing countries. Here the system is proxy based and uses a system similar to the workaround employed  by Skyfire  to be able to run Flash sites on iPhones, (it’s amazing the one “disruptive” act Steve Jobs did in saying no to Flash has brought with it many add on benefits which is amazing) .

The research was performed at Finland’s Aalto University,  and the research team presented their results at the Africomm 2011 Conference on Telecommunications Infrastructure in Africa. As here is what is interesting is they designed the system with the needs of Africa in mind, and in fact  based their use case testing on data collected from the cellular networks in Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya.

As the adoption of broadband wireless Internet in East Africa has been hampered  by the power consumption issues in the  accessing and downloading of data even while 90 percent of the population in the region lives within the coverage radius of a cellular network.  However the problem is one of power as few in this region have access to reliable sources of electricity. This is where increasing the battery life of low-cost wireless devices, the researchers from Aalto theorized, Internet access could be brought to a much larger percentage of the population base in those countries.

The interesting thing about this system is twofold, as system uses a combination of enhanced Web proxy servers coupled with highly optimized communications between the smartphone and the proxy. The important piece of this puzzle is the proxies don’t have to be part of the cellular network,  as they can be run in the cloud anywhere in the world, and used by smartphones also anywhere in the world.  So what are the two parts to this you be asking yourself?

As the first part of the puzzle is the “cloud” as this is one of the first true signs of a “value” rather than a “cost savings” proposition brought forward by this new paradigm. So no longer is it about just doing the ole for less money, however its now about doing something new.  Second as while this is targeted at Africa, its value proposition is also global in abilities, as this would include other impoverished nations as well as the developed world too.  As in the later example, just think of how many more devices we can embed this  [low power] technology into that we couldn’t in the past.

In short summary, this advancement will allow a significant number of people to join the world wide discussion who were never a part of it before, enabling us as homospaiens to truly become one community with one connected voice…

Slings and Arrows…

Something so simple, yet so patent-able...

Well we won’t wax so much about the later as in arrows, as its the sling which has my interest today as hey!  We all know what a sling is as well as the action of “slinging” right?  Assuredly as a kid you would sling something over your shoulder, maybe a backpack, a BB gun or even a camera as it’s just a natural action, no biggie right?

Well guess what, you’re violating a US patent in doing this as a maker of a camera strap has been recently awarded a patent for this so guess what you won’t be seeing a lot anymore?  If you guessed camera slings your right as they just put everyone else out of business.

Also don’t get me wrong, as protecting ones investment in R&D is a reasonable ask, yet the discovery or implementation must be unique.  Otherwise it is considered “prior art” and not subject to patent protection, so how could something like happen where there is clearly prior art in place?  Well if you find out please let me know too as this is just plain crazy, yet this is a good example of the failing of the entire patent system which I have an issue with.

As for economic growth to take place, one has to be able to perform an “economic activity” which creates “value” such as in manufacturing camera slings.  Second, since we operate in a capitalistic market place, competition is key to control price and drive affordability.  It is here that the current patent laws which are undermining our ability to grow our economy as it has grown to broad in nature and in power.  As just think of the commercial power which is wheeled by the US Patent Office, as while it may appear to be an obscure governmental organization.  It in fact has the power to make or break the US Economy as well as that for most of the free world.

As please keep in mind this is only one example of the failures of the system, and its also worth keeping in mind that “averaging” doesn’t apply as in most cases where for each failure, one missed equals out.  As the original intent of the patent system was never to create monopolies, instead it was to encourage investment and growth.  However in its current state, if there is one thing Mr. Obama could do to spur “job growth”, it would be to force an over haul of the current patent system stricter rules, as well as liberalizing the basis and application of prior art, as it can’t get any simpler then this…

Slings and Arrows…

Something so simple, yet so patent-able...

Well we won’t wax so much about the later as in arrows, as its the sling which has my interest today as hey!  We all know what a sling is as well as the action of “slinging” right?  Assuredly as a kid you would sling something over your shoulder, maybe a backpack, a BB gun or even a camera as it’s just a natural action, no biggie right?

Well guess what, you’re violating a US patent in doing this as a maker of a camera strap has been recently awarded a patent for this so guess what you won’t be seeing a lot anymore?  If you guessed camera slings your right as they just put everyone else out of business.

Also don’t get me wrong, as protecting ones investment in R&D is a reasonable ask, yet the discovery or implementation must be unique.  Otherwise it is considered “prior art” and not subject to patent protection, so how could something like happen where there is clearly prior art in place?  Well if you find out please let me know too as this is just plain crazy, yet this is a good example of the failing of the entire patent system which I have an issue with.

As for economic growth to take place, one has to be able to perform an “economic activity” which creates “value” such as in manufacturing camera slings.  Second, since we operate in a capitalistic market place, competition is key to control price and drive affordability.  It is here that the current patent laws which are undermining our ability to grow our economy as it has grown to broad in nature and in power.  As just think of the commercial power which is wheeled by the US Patent Office, as while it may appear to be an obscure governmental organization.  It in fact has the power to make or break the US Economy as well as that for most of the free world.

As please keep in mind this is only one example of the failures of the system, and its also worth keeping in mind that “averaging” doesn’t apply as in most cases where for each failure, one missed equals out.  As the original intent of the patent system was never to create monopolies, instead it was to encourage investment and growth.  However in its current state, if there is one thing Mr. Obama could do to spur “job growth”, it would be to force an over haul of the current patent system stricter rules, as well as liberalizing the basis and application of prior art, as it can’t get any simpler then this…

3.4 Billion…

Images flow as if grains of sand through our fingers as we attempt to steal a moment in time.

While there are by some estimates (note I use the term “estimates” as rest assured no one has undertaken a formal head count) over 7 billion people on earth so it’s not this.  However what “this” is, is the number of pictures uploaded to Google+ in only its first 100 days of operation.  It also goes without saying that this is an amazing number even compared to the a fore mentioned 7 billion [people] as it would (by stealing a bit of statistical liberty) mean that half of the worlds populous have taken then uploaded a picture to Google+.

The question is what does all this mean anthropologically as one could only guess how many “images” of the past exist if we were to add up all the photo sites, cloud storage and so on.  However a key clue is the word “past” as an image is the closest thing we have to a time machine, as in the fraction of a second used to capture those fleeting rays of light, we are looking at the past.  As what was “now” has just become “then” as we look backwards to what once was yet is no longer.

As we human animals tend to yearn for the ability to hold onto time as it slips through our fingers like sands passing in an hour glass.  As unlike other species, we are the only one to realize an important fact in that the grains of sand as they are pulled downward by gravity are in fact finite in nature.

In turn as the grains fall one by one, we have also the urge to “share” our time as well as to assume a bystander role in others moments.  As when we indulge in the photographs of others, we are stealing our way into their “moments” of time in a voyeuristic way.

As one also has to wonder just as with the growth of the world’s population is crowding out the natural resources, will the photograph (including video which is nothing more than a bunch of still images sown together)  will also “crowd” out the digital landscape? As for each picture, there must be somewhere to store it as think about it back in the day (for those old enough to remember the “film” days) of the shoe box under grand mamma’s bed stuffed with aging photographs of uncle George (who she never liked) and Aunt Rose?

As how big would the box have to be to hold 3.4 billion photographs and growing?  Also what is the value to hold that moment in time, as with everything there is a cost be it an actual  one of paying a regular fee or implied as in “eyeball” time (ad sponsored).  As we find cameras springing up in more and more places (I think my new toaster even has one) how many of these can we hold on to before we are buried alive in our memories…

Thanksgiving in Europe…

The gavel comes down on the side of common sense...

Over the Thanksgiving holiday here in the States found internet service providers (ISPs) along with their users across the pond in Europe with reason to also give thanks. As the highest court in the European Union (EU) decided to overturn a ruling that would have forced the Belgian ISPs to preemptively filter Internet traffic to prevent ah what, well let’s see the unauthorized sharing of music files. Ok, disclaimer, here that piracy is wrong, however we are going to put the brakes on the information super highway over this! Folk let’s get real, here as we have world hunger, AIDS, cancer and so on to solve and we are still talking about music sharing?

As here is where I credit the European Court of Justice for overturning a basically rogue ruling by a Belgian court in a suit brought by the Belgian Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers (SABAM). As it seems that SABAM had filed suit against Scarlet Extended over its alleged illegal peer-to-peer file sharing capabilities which were being used by Scarlet’s customers.  From that case there was a  2007 ruling which required Scarlet to filter traffic on its network, so that it could seek out and block illegal peer to peer file sharing traffic. As the lower court’s ruling was based on an interpretation of Belgian copyright laws which appeared to place the burden of enforcement on ISPs rather then the folks committing ill deed.

To this travesty, the ISP had appealed by focusing on European data privacy laws, saying in essence that the ruling would in effect force the company to monitor all Internet traffic (i.e. be Big Brother) passing through its network as this would clearly be technically unfeasible as well as violate the privacy of its customers.

Contained in its ruling, The High Court did uphold the right of copyright holders to file injunctions against intermediaries over action of illegal file sharing. Yet it struck down the provisions from the prior Belgian court ruling that required filtering, as it pointed out that the filtering provisions violated European Union e-commerce laws, as well as infringed on the rights of both the ISP and its customers. As it furthered its position by saying that broad monitoring required to filter file-sharing would “infringe the fundamental rights of [Scarlet’s] customers, namely their right to protection of their personal data and their right to receive or impart information, which are rights safeguarded by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU,” so said the judge(s). One step for an ISP, yet a giant leap for mankind in the protection of the Internet as if you lose an inch it might as well be a mile because that’s next…

Game On…

Widgets are coming to a dash (and many other things) near you soon!

Recently, the news blog Ars Technica ran a story on the gamifcation of driving based on the new Chevy Volt the electric-gas hybrid by General Motors.  As several thing caught my attention about the story as the first was the use of the term “widget”  by Jonathan Gitlin ( the author of the story) as he makes firm mention of how the dash appears to be comprised of “widgets”.    As for those who may not be aware, this is a euphemism for a general purpose something put to a specific use.  So what’s the big deal about this as we have these “widget” things on our smart phones, computers and so on so why not our car too?

Well Virginia that’s the point why not and it’s about time as especially for General Motors as while I have to admit to having a soft spot for them having been a GM employee then working many years again for them after leaving, I must say they tended to be a bit hind the times as they where basically last in line to add to 3.5mm audio in jack for people to connect their MP3 players.  Yes, I know those were just fad devices  so why bother right, so it seems here they’ve jumped on the bandwagon with the up and coming paradigms.

As what else these little widget guys bring is modularity as my wife’s Ford Edge with Sync takes a stab at this however the gen-1 version comes up a little short so only a gold star for effort and my fingers are crossed the gen-2 will solve the problems.  Yet auto waxing aside (as I also did a lot of work for Ford too), the main idea here is we are starting to solve our problems in “pieces” rather than in whole as what I find exciting about this is it will provide for a more efficient mix of problem solving at a higher resolution.

What is this higher resolution thing your mentioning there Campbell as a problem is a problem right so what gives?  The answer is much like if we where to steal from the MP3 example as you can sample audio at “bit rates” or in other words speed.  So the higher the “bit rate” the better the sound quality and there for the “higher the resolution”, so you can have two copies of the same song at different “bit rates” and you will have two solutions to one problem with a different quality.  In other words, yes you can use a screw driver as a hammer, however the results will be less then optimal.

So it’s here that the venerable widget earns its wings as before in the car (as well as many other things) we had one solution to a problem as we had one radio, a dash, heater control and so one, however today they are blended yet separated even more to provide for a higher level of “problem solving” as for example in my wife’s Edge, one cluster shows everything and allows her to add instrumentation to   her liking as since she has a heavy foot, she typically has the tach showing so she can use her paddle shifters.  Yet when her less wild child side kicks in, with a push of the button the tach is gone and the car now shares with her, her driving efficiency and yes you guessed it, the tach gets far more dash time…

Why Is It I Always Feel Someone Is Watching Me…

Ignore the man behind the curtain and just go about your business as usual...

We all know that online retailers have long gathered behavioral data about how we shop, by tracking our movements through e-shopping pages and using this data to make targeted offers based on our perceived likes. Now it appears that retailers in the brick and mortar arena are trying to replicate this by making frequent shopper offers, or provide store loyalty cards, to get us to voluntarily cough up data about our buying habits.  While all well and good, these means are lagging indicators rather than a  real-time means of tracking the human animal as they prowl for their pray.   However this holiday season, this will all change as shopping malls around the US have started collecting data about us by tracking  us by using our favorite “cookies” and they aren’t chocolate chip.

It fact it’s our cell phones as new technology name “Footpath “ from Path Intelligence  uses monitoring units spread  throughout a mall to sense the movement of us human animals by triangulating our position using the strength of their cell phone signals.  Yes, you can run however you can’t hide as  so long as you have that thing in your pocket, it is always transmitting information about itself and therefore you.

While “Footpath” only uses the signal fingerprint of the phone, it does produce a fairly accurate and detailed record of where the phone and you the carrier have travelled visiting the mall.  So now what if they decided it was time to put a face with a name, as that is always a good thing  right as we all friends and what a better way to get to know one another right?

While you might think this might be a hard thing to do, think again as what does the mall have a lot of besides stores?  Easy one, as it’s the famous security cameras so your right and it as simple as recording your face and cell signal as you go walking by and bingo.  As it also seems that some malls are even using facial recognition software for the purpose of loss prevention to help them in identifying serial shoplifters much like in Vegas for those nasty card counters.  So no big issue on letting it (the facial recognition software) loose on the general public and bingo there you go a ready built database of customers, cell phone and wait a minute how are they going to put a name with this?

Oh, wait there is Facebook and you know it does a wonderful job adding names to the faces in your pictures doesn’t it?  Well bingo for the second as you go, we now know your cell (id), your face, and your name!  Just think of how far you could easily take this with a small receiver attached to a traffic light camera and bingo for round three for a trifecta.

As waxed here before, privacy was only an illusion created by cost, and with that gone so are the flood gates and welcome to 1984 (just a few years late)…

Google Gives Thumbs Down to the Sun…

Fact, fiction, future or just plain folly?

In the past the venerable search engine giant Google has been known to put its money where  its mouth was with a significant financial commitment to efficiency and renewable energy.  Here in what was referred to  as it’s  “RE < C” initiative it invested in  various forms of wind power projects and US’s geothermal resources.  Yet with an itch to be a self innovator, it took part of the RE < C work in house as a Google initiative.  Yet it seems that as they cut back, wait the giant Google now cutting back?  Yes it seems reality has set in and they can’t operate on love after all and hey Microsoft makes more off Android then they do.  However as part of its claimed general cutbacks, the company has announced that all internal renewable energy work will stop.  Now in fairness it also did point out that outside investments will continue yet didn’t state at what levels.

As while Google’s intent in this arena  were probably well thought out when  they launched the program, it appears they might have ended up betting on the wrong technology in what some consider a fast moving and dynamic  market if you will. As their biggest bet was that concentrated solar power (do you recall the movie Sahara) would end up being the top dog in the renewable energy arena, and therefore it should be a key focus area for investment.

To build upon this concept they took to working on heliostats which allow mirrors to track the sun, along with the development of a solar-driven hot air turbine engine. In short neither of these tracks saw much sun light (pun intended) .  It also appears as if a number of renewable energy companies had already achieved a reasonable level of success of extracting savings as Google was quoted as saying “Our cost analysis projected that our heliostat field would be only modestly less expensive than previous approaches,” Google concluded.

In addition it appears that the entire renewably energy field seems has moved beyond the need for a solar driven turbine engine too. As photovoltaic systems have now dropped considerably in price at a clip faster than most had figured would happen, thus making their economics far more attractive over concentrated solar.  With this said , Google is sensing the light is dimming on concentrated solar with a quick shift toward technologies which can continue releasing electricity well after the sun has set, which are based upon designs which incorporate converting electricity into heat for storage in molten salt.

Yet my point here is not so much to pick on Google as I like them in a way, however as with all iconoclastic companies, reality one day does set in and here it seems two fold.  The first being cut backs and assuredly the second and just speculation on my part is at least business casual dress (save for Fridays).  Yet second and more importantly this non-sense about renewable energy being a savor both economically and environmentally as neither sorry to say is a reality.

Keep in mind that the laws of physics clearly state there isn’t a free lunch or perpetual motion would be a reality so what makes people think that all this renewable nonsense is anything but?  Now don’t get me wrong, there are concepts in the renewable field (such as photovoltaic) which make sense because their application is of value and the economy of the idea isn’t based solely upon “concept” as in the Google example.  So as Anne was fond of saying “The Sun will come up tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar”…

Google Gives Thumbs Down to the Sun…

Fact, fiction, future or just plain folly?

In the past the venerable search engine giant Google has been known to put its money where  its mouth was with a significant financial commitment to efficiency and renewable energy.  Here in what was referred to  as it’s  “RE < C” initiative it invested in  various forms of wind power projects and US’s geothermal resources.  Yet with an itch to be a self innovator, it took part of the RE < C work in house as a Google initiative.  Yet it seems that as they cut back, wait the giant Google now cutting back?  Yes it seems reality has set in and they can’t operate on love after all and hey Microsoft makes more off Android then they do.  However as part of its claimed general cutbacks, the company has announced that all internal renewable energy work will stop.  Now in fairness it also did point out that outside investments will continue yet didn’t state at what levels.

As while Google’s intent in this arena  were probably well thought out when  they launched the program, it appears they might have ended up betting on the wrong technology in what some consider a fast moving and dynamic  market if you will. As their biggest bet was that concentrated solar power (do you recall the movie Sahara) would end up being the top dog in the renewable energy arena, and therefore it should be a key focus area for investment.

To build upon this concept they took to working on heliostats which allow mirrors to track the sun, along with the development of a solar-driven hot air turbine engine. In short neither of these tracks saw much sun light (pun intended) .  It also appears as if a number of renewable energy companies had already achieved a reasonable level of success of extracting savings as Google was quoted as saying “Our cost analysis projected that our heliostat field would be only modestly less expensive than previous approaches,” Google concluded.

In addition it appears that the entire renewably energy field seems has moved beyond the need for a solar driven turbine engine too. As photovoltaic systems have now dropped considerably in price at a clip faster than most had figured would happen, thus making their economics far more attractive over concentrated solar.  With this said , Google is sensing the light is dimming on concentrated solar with a quick shift toward technologies which can continue releasing electricity well after the sun has set, which are based upon designs which incorporate converting electricity into heat for storage in molten salt.

Yet my point here is not so much to pick on Google as I like them in a way, however as with all iconoclastic companies, reality one day does set in and here it seems two fold.  The first being cut backs and assuredly the second and just speculation on my part is at least business casual dress (save for Fridays).  Yet second and more importantly this non-sense about renewable energy being a savor both economically and environmentally as neither sorry to say is a reality.

Keep in mind that the laws of physics clearly state there isn’t a free lunch or perpetual motion would be a reality so what makes people think that all this renewable nonsense is anything but?  Now don’t get me wrong, there are concepts in the renewable field (such as photovoltaic) which make sense because their application is of value and the economy of the idea isn’t based solely upon “concept” as in the Google example.  So as Anne was fond of saying “The Sun will come up tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar”…

No Tenderized Meat for You…

Look how many times do I have to tell you the show is only an hour long and 1,600 words is just to much, can we get them down to just 7?

Well it appears that if in Pakistan you text a phrase such as “the lamb was tough, please beat your meat better next time” will be banned in addition to other words such as “fairy,” and even “lovegun” (Kiss watch out) as these seem to be among the list of words to be banned in text messages by the Pakistani Telecommunication Authority.

As on November 14, the mobile phone operators in the country were sent the list of words along with a letter of explanation stating they have to block these words on their networks within seven days, or face the wrath of the legal system for failure. In addition the new rules also required operators to submit monthly reports on the effectiveness of the block, in other words, how many people where using those “bad words”.

Least you think it stops here, rumor (from informed sources say, there are more than 1,600 words in the list which also include indecent language, expletives, swear words (we know there are only 7 here right), and finally slang terms, which all have to be removed. So lets see, wonder if it will be a great inconvenience to subscribers if their SMS was not delivered due to their selection of the wrong choice of words as in our meat tenderizing example.

Having just written about the US high courts decision pending on the rights of the FCC to police the US air waves, I have to snicker at the idea that the list also includes such words or phrases as “roach,” “pocket pool,” “deposit,” “hershey highway,” and “honkers.”   As can you just see a text which says “honey don’t forget to pick up the roach spray on the way home”?  Better yet, “Bob don’t for get to make the deposit”.

While it appears in the media that officials from the Pakistani Telecommunication Authority wouldn’t comment on the ban, it also doesn’t appear to have been implemented as just yet.  As it now appears that a Pakistani official has come forward to say that the texting blacklist is right now meant only for “testing” purposes.  Ok, Clinton didn’t inhale nor have sexual relations either and one has to wonder if there once was a ban on texting Osama Bin Laden too and that was our issue.

Yet joking aside, this is a bigger issue then it might seem on the surface as we here in the US are moving towards eliminating Carlin’s seven words and they been basically gone in most of Europe after 10pm.  You have other countries now imposing (or wishing to)   books of no/no words and phrases to shape their populous thinking.  As there are many words which I (personally) don’t like or find offensive, the reality is if it’s one its all and if there is one liberty which I (again personally) value above all it’s the freedom of speech…

Global Warming, Fact Fiction or Something Else…

Global Average Temps 1850 to 2008 (notice something)...

As with everything else how does one get some actual evidence on the public’s opinions about a topic?  Well of course you hire a bunch of researchers  to conduct a survey  representative of a group and here it was  750 US adults. As these folks were asked to rate their acceptance of various aspects of climate change, as well as some basic demographic and political information.

Out of this poll it came to light that to an even greater degree than in other polls, this population set didn’t realize that there’s a scientific consensus on climate change. As a surprising full half fell into that category, with most surveyed thinking that there was a lot of disagreement among scientists and five percent thinking that scientists don’t even think global warming is happening. Yet even scarier is that another 16 percent didn’t know enough to answer as I believe these folks also failed the control question of who was buried in Grant’s tomb.

Even adjusting for variables such as political orientation and cultural worldview didn’t affect the results, which suggests that people don’t misunderstand the scientific consensus because they are ideologically predisposed to do so. Additionally there were also no indications which showed that  people believe there’s a scientific controversy because they are mistaken about the details of climate science in general.

Yet what is interesting is the basic outlines of greenhouse warming are so simple and intuitive should the public even have to rely upon experts at all?  As while grant it, this is a complex topic, one of the things which I suggest you do if you question this is go to Google Maps and pull up the satellite view of Greenland, as if they don’t know (again another scary idea) is “Greenland” isn’t green, in fact for most of my life it’s been covered with a mile thick sheet of ice.  Well guess what, not any more as quite a bit of the country is now in fact green.

A problem yes as not in so much that Greenland is green, it’s that all that ice if gone, so what’s the big deal about that?  Simple, only fresh water freezes,  so all of this once contained “fresh water” has now been dumped into the Atlantic and water is water right?  Wrong answer as this has and is changing the salinity of the Atlantic and changing the specific gravity of water and there shifting therefore the mid Atlantic Conveyor system.  So what’s the big deal again, well look at the weather over the UK for the past 5 to ten years and you tell me.

Ok, not enough for common sense, already let’s look at the amount of oil we pump out of the ground, then there is the coal we dig and what do we do with all of this stuff?  Yes that’s right burn it in our cars, electrical power plants and so on.  Ok, so what happens when you burn that pound of fuel as it while it seems to disappear doesn’t it,  yet as we know by the laws of thermodynamics we can’t destroy matter, but simply change its state.  So yes Virginia, that once liquid gasoline and solid coal is now a gasses affluent floating around below our tropopause where it just so happens that 99% of all of weather lives too.  In short this (as with the fresh water example) is altering the fluid dynamics of our atmosphere without question.  Again as said at the onset this is a complex topic, however the existence is pretty darn straight forward…