Pollutants May Have Held Global Warming At Bay

Scientists have discovered the reason why global warming trends seemed to be locked in stasis between 1998 and 2008: layers of pollutants, particularly sulfur, being spewed into the air by Asian factories in record breaking quantities. The layer of sulfur that formed in the atmosphere counteracted against warming greenhouse gases while reflecting light back into space, thereby staving off the global temperature hike. Read more about it over at Science News.


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If everything is subjective, then we have no basis or motivation for communication at all. One could say we have no need for it. What you feel is necessary to communicate, and another would feel is unnecessary is irrelevant, all things considered. Of course, that in itself is a subjective opinion, and could be considered completely irrelevant. The concept negates itself.
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He has no backbone? That's not surprising. But have you read "The God Delusion"?

"Though the details differ across the world, no known culture lacks some version of the time-consuming, wealth consuming, hostility provoking rituals, the anti-factual, counter-productive fantisies of religion."
— Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion)

If so it might be worth reading "The Dawkins Delusion" by theologian Alister E. McGrath.

This debate between Dawkins and McGrath from "The Root of All Evil" is a good primer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxc0NpTZE18 (Part 1 of 15)

I also recommend McGrath's "Christian Theology" and "Christian Spirituality" previews of them can be found on Google Books.
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@ Ryan S
"Richard Dawkins who'd have you believe religion is the "root of all evil"."

"Dawkins has said that the title 'The Root of All Evil?' was not his preferred choice, but that Channel 4 had insisted on it to create controversy."
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The major problem with this hypothesis is that China hasn't cooled, despite all the pollution apparently floating over that country.


Rember all the smog that was constantly forming over Beijing during the Olympics?
It is apparently like that all the time.
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I agree with you Ted, but necessity is elusive. Perhaps I feel it necessary to remark on matters of depth wherein others only see matters as shallow. Then, to them it would seem unnecessary.

A non-conformist is one who conforms to the prevailing paradigms of non-conformity.

All of matter is merely energy condensed into a slow vibration. We are all of one consciousness, experiencing itself subjectively [as individuals]. There is no such thing as death and life is only a dream with an imagination of ourselves. - Bill Hicks

The above quotation could be applied justifiably to absolutely everything, since everything is predicated on reality experiencing itself subjectively, there is always a trace pattern extending from this ontological certainty which tends to characterize the entire event. That is what enables me to relate everything to the principal of existence; it all exists, and so must necessarily relate to existence, or else it wouldn't exist. This also means it is bound to the conditions of existing. It is a lot easier than it seems since much of what is done, is done in glorification of this fact, but only to one sees the necessity of it.
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