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  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 29 weeks ago

    As with Health Care Reform, the public debate on global warming is fraught with mis-information. Some of this is organized and funded by industry, some stems from the influence organized public relations campaigns have had on uninformed opinion, including the opinion of so-called scientists.

    It's amazing to me how many who comment in opposition to anthropogenic climate change discount official sources of information, including the detailed report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) because they are "government funded." The report of the IPCC is quite thorough. It addresses the important role that the sun plays in determining climate change over the past decades and centuries. However, the IPCC concludes that there is a 90% chance that the shifts in climate are due to increases in green house gases emitted from human activities.

    Thus, my chips go with Kurt, Matt, and Ray. Nevertheless, I hope Haunted Hiker is right and that the glaciers will one day return, within my limited lifetime.

    Owen Hoffman
    Oak Ridge, TN 37830

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 29 weeks ago

    Yesterday I hiked through a record breaking August snowstorm in the High Sierra.

    I pushing my chips toward the Beamis and Whitten corner.

    The glaciers will return, perhaps with a vengeance, and we may rue the day.

  • Happy Birthday to the National Park Service Arrowhead Emblem   5 years 29 weeks ago

    Maria: The official Arrowhead emblem items(s) you want to buy are, as far as I know, sold by the NPS Arrowhead Store only to authorized purchasers -- a list that is restricted to park rangers, ex park rangers, park volunteer workers (V.I.P's), park partners, and other specified classes of personnel who work in or for the national parks in some capacity. The general public cannot buy official Arrowhead items from the Arrowhead Store. I suggest that you shop for suitable substitute items the next time you visit a national park with a well stocked bookstore. You can also shop online for some items that aren't restricted. I'm sorry it took so long to answer your comment, and that I could not provide a more helpful answer. Maybe a helpful Traveler reader can help you with your search. Anybody want to chime in on this? Good look, Maria.

  • Snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Environmental Extremists in the Obama Administration   5 years 29 weeks ago

    Not limiting access to people, only use of snow machines! I believe snowshoeing and nordic skiing are activities allowed in many areas. Limited mobility? Use the snow coaches.

  • Snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Environmental Extremists in the Obama Administration   5 years 29 weeks ago

    Amen, Mark, amen, amen, amen. Keep the darned snowmobiles out! The snow coaches are there for visitors, and the snowmobilers can't follow the rules. It happens all over---the snowmobilers (and ATVers) think they own the place, leaving the rest of us smelling their fumes, listening to their noise, and repairing their damage to the environment.

    lasergirl
    New Mexico

  • The Park Under the Bridge   5 years 29 weeks ago

    I would note that Fort Point is under the authority of the Superintendent of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The rangers who provide services there are rotated from the GGNRA staff.

    It's also really windy there. Anyone visiting should bring a wind-resistant jacket and maybe a cold-weather hat. Once I was watching (from what used to be the rooftop gun battery of Fort Point) a sailboat that ran into one of the piers of the Golden Gate Bridge. The wind just kept on pressing the boat into the pier until the operator could get the sail down. By then the Coast Guard had already arrived and I suppose they were required to escort them back to port and take a report.

  • National Shooting Sports Foundation Upset Over Grand Teton National Park's Suggestion That Lead Ammunition Is Health Threat   5 years 29 weeks ago

    There may never have been a documented case of HUMANS getting lead poisoning from lead ammo but it is way past time that some humans realize that there are OTHER CREATURES on this earth that ALSO MATTER ! If some of you don't mind eating lead that is fine with me but I want to protect the innocent.

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 29 weeks ago

    Wow, a lot of misinformation here. Come on, just think about it. When you lay in bed at night, if you put on another blanket you are more insulated and get warmer. That's just what happens. We are adding (literally) tons of greenhouse gases to our atmosphere. Greenhouse gases trap heat. Shocking, we're getting warmer as we further insulate ourselves. That's what greenhouse gases do. To deny that is to deny basic laws of physics.

    I find it amazing to read the round-about conjectures trying to explain our increasing warmth as NOT being the result of adding that extra layer of insulation. Occam's Razor and all.

    I am also fascinated to read that some believe that government scientists with guaranteed year-to-year funding regardless of results are supposedly less-believable sources than scientists funded by oil companies and the like. If a chemist from this company (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Lakes_Chemical_Corporation) doesn't believe in human-caused climate change, surely it can't be true!

  • National Shooting Sports Foundation Upset Over Grand Teton National Park's Suggestion That Lead Ammunition Is Health Threat   5 years 29 weeks ago

    No studies?!? Look on the left side. Yes, this is primarily about condors, but surely they aren't the only animals affected.

    http://www.azgfd.gov/w_c/california_condor.shtml/

  • National Shooting Sports Foundation Upset Over Grand Teton National Park's Suggestion That Lead Ammunition Is Health Threat   5 years 29 weeks ago

    There is "science" to support any claim anybody wants to make; whichever side you may be on. As to the statistics supporting anyone's claims, as Disraeli said, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 29 weeks ago

    How strange! On the front page of the El Dorado News-Times (my hometown paper) THIS morning there is an article about a speech given by a retired chemical engineer, Nick Macchiarolo. Here is a quote " Follow the money, check the FACTS and review the history of the world about global warming: it is an inevitable fact of nature, with no solid corroborating contribution from human activities." He goes on to point out that there have been seven ice ages and at least seven periods of global warming - "and we are still all here." The last ice age, "the little ice age" ran from about 1400 to 1850, ending with a period of global warming - without global warming we would all be under 2,000 feet of ice! Lief Erickson named Greenland because of all of the GREENERY - the subsequent ice age ended that. June 24, 1974 - the Time magazine cover story was on the threat of another ice age because the U. S. temperature went down by 0.15 degrees (while CO2 levels increased from 290 to 330 PPM). The bottom line seems to be, you can't look at the last 30, or 50, or 200 years - this is a long SLOW process and it has been occurring for hundreds, nee thousands, of years and we will continue to go through these cycles!

    Kyoto, according to "Nature" in October 2003, will change the temperature by 0.05 degrees - who cares?
    The computer models the government uses to predict the temperature change over the next 100 years vary by 400% - who cares what they say?
    Why are the ice caps in Antarctica not melting? Wouldn't global warming affect the whole globe?
    "Nature in 2001 details the impact of the sun on global climate and temperature AND we cannot do anything about what the sun does.
    Greenpeace, The Sierra Club, The Natural Resources Defense Fund and others only exist to get federal funds to fight global warming - do you think that they would suggest that it is a problem we cannot fix?
    We spend $25 Billion on this - wouldn't that money be better spent elsewhere? We can do something about people starving or tyrannies in the world, we cannot even predict what the Earth's temperature will be in 20 years, much less a hundred or a thousand!
    This is my last entry, you cannot change a mind that is firmly entrenched in the gospel of the day...

  • National Shooting Sports Foundation Upset Over Grand Teton National Park's Suggestion That Lead Ammunition Is Health Threat   5 years 29 weeks ago

    Anyone that claims there is no science behind these decisions clearly has not ever looked for it. There are quite a few scientifically sound studies that have been thoroughly reviewed by the scientific community at large and deemed worthy science.

  • Judge Mulling Request To Address Yellowstone National Park's Wandering Bison   5 years 29 weeks ago

    I've never heard anyone say they wanted to visit the state of Montana to see cattle but apparently (again) the Montana Livestock Assos proves they will not be happy until the wildlife (especially the ones who eat grasses) are gone and they have total control of the lands (even though most of it belongs to all of us Americans).

  • National Shooting Sports Foundation Upset Over Grand Teton National Park's Suggestion That Lead Ammunition Is Health Threat   5 years 29 weeks ago

    Sounds to me like the National Shooting Sports Foundation is just another organization with their heads in the sand. When science proves something they don't like, they just push that head a little deeper !

  • Humane Society of America Critical of Culling Elk in Rocky Mountain National Park   5 years 29 weeks ago

    Elk were eliminated from the Rocky Mountain National Park in 1870 by commercial hunting. By the turn of the century the gray wolf was gone, a key preditor for elk in this area. In 1914, twenty-eight elk were transplanted to this area by the request of local sportsmen. In 1915 Rocky Mountain National Park was established. Hunting is prohibited in national parks. Without predators or hunting the population exploded. By 1933 biologists expressed concern about vegetation conditions. Starting in 1944 park rangers began to use lethal reduction (shooting the elk) as a means of population control. This was the policy untill 1969 when policy changed. The policy was natural regulation, meaning do nothing and everything will balance out. This policy has been in place untill now.
    The recomended elk population in the park is 1200-1700. In 2005 the park was estimated to have 3000-4000. Densities as high as 260 elk per square mile and the highest ever recorded. If you enjoy seeing elk in the park culling or regulated hunting would be a great economical way to control the population.
    Or would you rather see starvation, disease and destruction of a habitat. Kurt Repanshek - natural regulation has been proven not to work.

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 29 weeks ago

    Pardon me butting in again, but I recently read an article in the June 29, edition of the New Yorker titled, "The Catastrophist" by Elizabeth Kolbert. It is a profile of James Hansen, Director of NASA's Goddard Institute. Hansen is actively working to educate the public and political leaders on perils of human forcing of climate change. He pulls no punches in presenting scientific findings tracing global warming with human activities and that postponing actions to significantly reduce CO2 emissions verges on the criminal.

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 29 weeks ago

    Actions have consequences. Over the past 200 years, and particularly over the last century, humans have extracted, burned and returned to the active atmosphere billions of years of carbon accumulation. From a geological perspective, it has been a massive, planet-wide carbon eruption. To believe that human forcing is of no significance in climate change seems illogical.

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 29 weeks ago

    With all due respect to Jimi I would rather put my faith in the facts as presented by scientific entities like NASA and USGS. The junkscience site just doesn't inspire my confidence. There's so many disclaimers in it, it's no wonder that whoever wrote it wasn't even confident enough to put his name on it. I think there's plenty of documented proof out there of how human activity degrades Earth's biosphere. No amount of smoke and mirrors will make it go away. As for predictions, there's so much we DON'T know that our best guess may as well come from a fortune cookie.

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 29 weeks ago

    Beamis - I tend to agree with you that most of what is happening is due to solar activity, that is what I have read from most scientsts that ARE NOT FUNDED BY THE GOVERNMENT. Several years ago, television channels that were delivered by satelite were constantly bothered by solar flares - not so much any more? That, of course, is anecdotal as is most of what we read about 'global warming.' I do see a pattern in results depending on where the funding for the research comes from - not saying that either side has convinced me, but it is disturbing to know that the answer depends on the funding organization. I know I am repeating but I have seen evidence that solar activity is cyclic and that we are approaching a cool spell and I have seen NO evidence that man has any affect on the near surface temperature of the Earth, hence no effect on the temperature of the 'globe.'.

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 29 weeks ago

    Less solar activity.

    We are currently experiencing a historic solar minimum with lots of record to near record low temperature averages for the summer season, so far, in many cities and states in the northern half of the lower 48 (NYC, Chicago, North Dakota and parts of Wisconsin). We know that cold weather is a definite part of the recent climatic past and is more likely to occur than warmer temps just given the law of averages for this particular climatic epoch.

    My bet still stands from an earlier post on this website: the earth is going to be getting cooler, much cooler. Any other takers out there?

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 29 weeks ago

    Ray - you are right, I had just read that and it was a quick fresh reference. I agree, as I did before, that there is massive change - but, I still have not seen ANY evidence that it is caused by man. The near surface Earth temperature is actually going down, has over the last ten years? Is that more likely to be due to less activity by man or less solar activity?

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 29 weeks ago

    Jimi, I do not question your title as a scientist. However, I am surprised that you use the junkscience site as a credible source of scientific data. I suggest that USGS, NASA, and meteorological research divisions associated with major universities might be more appropriate sources of climate related information and opinion. I believe human forcing plays a significant role in modern climate change.

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 29 weeks ago

    As a scientist, I must say that the pictures and video are quite disturbing and certainly demonstrate that our climate is changing - the laws of physics are most assuredly in play. As a scientist, I must also say that evidence is quite strong that change in climate is not caused by what we do here but rather by solar activity - and that is not a ploy or plot against Al Gore, just trying to ALL of the facts:

    http://www.junkscience.com/Greenhouse/

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 29 weeks ago

    Wow! The video is pretty grim. Kurt, thank you for the links. They reinforce what we already know, that glaciers are retreating all over the world. I attach a link of a NASA article which goes into detail about the retreat of the Greenland ice sheets. This article includes photos illustrating the retreat over time: http://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/lookingatearth/jakobshavn.html

    To my mind the evidence is overwhelming, but from comments made on similar articles on this site I know there are those who choose to discount any mention of global warming. Their "skepticism" reeks of energy interest profiteering, and certainly makes the case for "fundamentalism". I suppose those same people would also deny the existence of the laws of physics.

  • Interior Department Releases Study That Tracks Decline Of Glaciers in Alaska and Washington State   5 years 29 weeks ago

    I believe glaciers on Mount Shasta in northern California are growing as well. I seem to recall that the warming Pacific of recent winters is responsible, as it produced some prodigious snowstorms on Shasta and other coastal ranges.