So let me see if I understand this
Oh no... the dreaded pastry ban.
"Some Canadians even called for a boycott of Danish pastries."
March 26th, 2007 12:32pm
March 26th, 2007 12:34pm
The pastry thing was a joke. It was a play on the whole freedom fries thing.
Canada's primary concern with Hans Island has to do with shipping lanes as the Northern passage opens up, and will inevitably become one of the most important avenues of traffic around North America.
March 26th, 2007 12:38pm
You forgot to mention the DIAMONDS!
Still, I've sometime thought -- warmer up north, this is a PROBLEM? Now, glaciers moving into Chicago, THAT would be a problem.
And my heart bleeds for those poor Inuit eskimo's, whose entire way of life somehow depends on living someplace that's frozen solid 6 months of the year. Give me a break. They've got rifles. They've got boats. It seems to me MUCH easier to adapt to "oh, look, we can go fishing" than it was to adapt to the cold and "oh, look, here comes a polar bear over the ice floe to kill us!"
March 26th, 2007 12:42pm
Rising sea levels STH?
March 26th, 2007 12:46pm
What dispute? Clearly they each get half.
March 26th, 2007 12:50pm
I believe the "Rising sea levels" being called out are in the one to two foot range.
Is this a problem? Holland has dealt with "sinking land" for generations.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a moderate Democrat, AND an engineer. Taking the world for granted, and fossil fuels for granted, and just 'dumping' our exhaust into the atmosphere because it's convenient and "cost effective", are all bad things to do.
The question is, again as an engineer, how do we make any alternative cost effective? And how do we avoid the Chicken-Little running around crying "the sky is falling!"? Because Global Warming DOES have its good aspects. And so far, none of the proposals put forth to limit Greenhouse Gasses are going to limit Greenhouse Gasses very much.
March 26th, 2007 12:53pm
It looks like that island is 2km wide. Does it really have some huge abundance of resources? It's not all that big.
You could build an island that big.
March 26th, 2007 12:56pm
As we found in the South Pacific during WW-II, islands are extremely helpful.
They keep your stuff (airplanes, oil-rigs, supplies) from sinking.
And "making" an island is not as easy as all that, especially in someplace cold and stormy.
March 26th, 2007 1:14pm
March 26th, 2007 2:10pm
it won't be that deep. it'll only be a couple meters below sea level after global thawing.
March 26th, 2007 3:21pm
>it won't be that deep. it'll only be a couple meters below sea level after global thawing.<
Whereupon Exxon will find it again.
March 26th, 2007 6:45pm