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“Call it the Al Gore effect,” writes Deidre Woollard, “but lately I’m seeing eco-friendly everywhere.” If it was the genuine Gore Effect, Deidre, you’d be seeing cold weather everywhere. Speaking of which, Algeria is enjoying a surprise coldening:

The northerly wind flow about the western side of this storm has poured northern chill ashore in Algeria. Soaking rain and small hail (4 inches of rain at Jijel) has given way inland to snow along the heights of the eastern Atlas Mountains. Thursday morning, snow lay 6 inches deep at Jelfa, where the 35-mph wind made it feel as cold as 10 degrees.

Via Daniel F., who asks: “Is Al Gore in Algeria? Hmm … algore … algeria …” Hey, look what’s up in the freezy Arctic:

Barren and uninhabited, Hans Island is very hard to find on a map. Yet these days the Frisbee-shaped rock in the Arctic is much in demand — so much so that Canada and Denmark have both staked their claim to it with flags and warships. The reason: an international race for oil, fish, diamonds and shipping routes, accelerated by the impact of global warming on Earth’s frozen north …

Some see a lucrative silver lining of riches waiting to be snatched from the deep, and the prospect of timesaving sea lanes that could transform the shipping industry the way the Suez Canal did in the 19th century.

Speedier shipping times will help save the planet! There’s just no downside at all to this whole global warming thing.

UPDATE via Martin G. Further global warming goodness:

It is true that, for example, the temperature rise from global warming will probably cause 2,000 more heat deaths in the United Kingdom by 2080. Yet studies indicate that the same temperature increase will also decrease cold deaths – 20,000 fewer U.K. cold deaths by 2080.

Mentioning 2,000 more deaths, but not the 20,000 fewer cold deaths that go with them, is no basis for sound policy.

UPDATE II. Republican Senator James Inhofe to Al Gore: “It seems that everything is blamed on global warming. How come you guys never seem to notice when it gets cold?”

Posted by Tim B. on 03/26/2007 at 09:37 AM
    1. Canada and Denmark have both staked their claim to it with flags and warships.

      Am I the only one who wants war between Canada and Denmark, just to see what that would be like?

      Posted by jic on 2007 03 26 at 10:19 AM • permalink

 

    1. Too right Deidre

      Being eco friendly is so easy – just label whatever eco-friendly and organic as a bonus, and you’re OK with the green crowd

      Excuse me while I go pour another glass of organic chardy – healthy too as it is part of my daily fruit intake

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 03 26 at 10:22 AM • permalink

 

    1. #1, jic, it’s Canada and Denmark.  At most, they’d probably just lob a few snowballs at each other.  Or maybe fish, if it gets too globally warmed up there for snow.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 03 26 at 10:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. It just seems colder, because it’s so hot.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2007 03 26 at 10:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. Psst, Canada, I heard Denmark talking smack about you.
      Hey Denmark, Canada was talking trash about your mother.

      grabs bowl of popcorn & comfy chair to watch the spitball fight.

      Posted by rbj1 on 2007 03 26 at 10:27 AM • permalink

 

    1. No!  You FOOLS!  Don’t you SEE?  The climate is CHANGING… and CHANGE IS BAD.

      Dammit, we want the world to be just like it was in 1974 forever…!

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 03 26 at 10:33 AM • permalink

 

    1. Barren and uninhabited, Hans Island is very hard to find on a map. Yet these days the Frisbee-shaped rock in the Arctic is much in demand — so much so that Canada and Denmark have both staked their claim to it with flags and warships.

      Not if I get it first!

      Posted by The Sanity Inspector on 2007 03 26 at 10:37 AM • permalink

 

    1. Being eco friendly is so easy – just label whatever eco-friendly and organic as a bonus, and you’re OK with the green crowd

      #2, a resort near Canberra has started calling itself an ‘eco-resort’ to no doubt entice the floods of gullible lefties that infest Canberra to drive there in their SUVs.

      Speaking of, check out SBS’s latest waste of your money:

      Eco-house challenge
      Can we save the planet? To find out two ordinary suburban households have been wired to monitor their every eco move. The challenge starts with a bang. Without warning four environmental hotspots, energy, water, transport and waste removal are shut down until further notice. Over several weeks, while still living their normal lives, the families must radically reduce consumption and learn to live sustainably.

      Words fail…

      Posted by Art Vandelay on 2007 03 26 at 10:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. Dammit, we want the world to be just like it was in 1974 forever…!

      Or 1979, the year I had to get from my mother’s car to the front door over a 1” thick sheet of ice.

      With casts on both feet.

      Posted by Rob Crawford on 2007 03 26 at 11:01 AM • permalink

 

    1. “True that…probably…”

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 03 26 at 11:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. You people just don’t understand.

      Global warming is BAD because it reduces the number of deaths.

      GW is caused by TOO MANY PEOPLE ON THE PLANET.

      Any thing that reduces the number of deaths increases the catastrophic quagmire of human induced climate change.

      Why do I have to explain everyhing.

      Posted by Jack from Montreal on 2007 03 26 at 11:58 AM • permalink

 

    1. Re the update, I saw Lomborg speak a few months ago and was very impressed. I don’t agree with him on the A part of AGW, so would not want to waste even 0.05% of GDP on R&D (acronym overload!), but he otherwise makes tremendous sense on issues like flood prevention (if your rivers are flooding, manage them properly) and poverty (if Bangladesh can’t afford to cope with flooding, make it richer). He also makes perfect sense on targeting resources where they can do the most good – fighting malaria and supplying clean water, for example, have a much higher cost/benefit outcome than Kyoto.

      Nevertheless, this was still too much for the moonbats in the audience to accept. One particulary crusty version (“crustbat”, anyone?) said the Prof would have had “a much better reception here in Scotland” if he didn’t speak with an American accent (as tends to be typical of English-fluent Scandinavians) and drink Diet Coke during his presentation. I shit you not. I’d have smacked the unwashed bint if I’d been closer.

      Another baffled lefty objected to Lomborg giving dollar values to the outcomes of HIV / malaria / water etc. programmes. The fact that that’s the only way to assess something in cost/benefit terms had obviously sailed so far over her empty head it probably landed in Wales. Or maybe she wasn’t interested in cost/benefit analysis, just in demanding that something be done about AGW, which is all, y’know, threaty and stuff…

      Posted by Don Charleone on 2007 03 26 at 12:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. I knew we should have refused uranium for the Manhattan Project unless Denmark was one of the targets. Now it’s come back to bite us on the ass.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 03 26 at 12:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’d put my money on the Danes.

      Posted by PW on 2007 03 26 at 03:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. No. 1: Bet Denmark. Canada’s the only country I know of that surrendered to the French.

      Posted by GaryS on 2007 03 26 at 03:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. So it’s fair to say that you’re a (pro) berserk German, then, PW? Well, we’ll see how the shield-biting Danes do against our trained polar bear attack teams: and they’ve already had alot of practice on Aussie journalists to warm them up. (Well, along with the global warming warming them up.)

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 03 26 at 03:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. #15 Eh? I think that you’re confused by Canada having the largest population of French-speakers who’ve never surrendered to the Germans, Gary.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 03 26 at 03:37 PM • permalink

 

    1. No 17: Nope. First off, the Quebecois never got the chance to surrender (something about those damned Yanks and Brits at Normandy) or they would have. What I’m talking about is Ontario caving in to Quebec’s shakedown in the 1970s. Now all Canada gets road signs in French, too, even if nobody outside Quebec speaks it. But Canada’s still in one piece, by God…

      Posted by GaryS on 2007 03 26 at 04:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. So it’s fair to say that you’re a (pro) berserk German, then, PW?

      European pride, man!

      (As Marieke Hardy might envision me saying.)

      Posted by PW on 2007 03 26 at 04:43 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’d put my money on the Danes.

      I dunno, PW.  All Ottawa has to do is tell the armed forces that their next year’s ration of grog is in Copenhagen, and then step out of the way.

      It would be a massacare.  Except for the buxom women, of course.  Someone has to serve the booze.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 03 26 at 04:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. #20 It sounds like you met alot of Newfoundlanders when you were in the U.S. forces, JeffS.
      ;^)

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 03 26 at 05:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hands off Hans.

      Canada would skate to a quick victory.

      Three divisions of drunken Hockey fans would be sufficient to check the Danes hard on the wall.

      Posted by monkeyfan on 2007 03 26 at 05:10 PM • permalink

 

    1. while still living their normal lives, the families must radically reduce consumption

      An actual, sane, human being would have noticed that these two things are incompatible: If you reduce your normal consumption then, by definition, you are not living your normal life.

      Does SBS stand for Scant Brain Skills? Silly Bloody Suckers? Should Be Sacked?

      Posted by xj on 2007 03 26 at 05:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. Supercilious Brainwashing Scooterheads.

      Posted by dean martin on 2007 03 26 at 06:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. I don’t know what that means, either. I got carried away.

      Posted by dean martin on 2007 03 26 at 06:08 PM • permalink

 

 

    1. I’m backing the Danes, too. When it came to Mohammad ‘toons, the Danes offered a defiant chin. All Canada offered was its arse.

      Posted by Contrail on 2007 03 26 at 06:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. The Gore Effect should be no surprise.

      I’ve kept this under my hat as long as possible, but now it is time that everybody knew the truth.

      ALGOR is Latin for “COLDNESS.”

      I’m not making this up!
      Check out these:
      Algor at William Whitaker’s Words
      Algor at University of Notre Dame
      It’s at the Perseus Digital Library too, but the dictionary entry links don’t work here.

      Algor is related to words like alga (“seaweed”) and algeo, algere, alsi (“to be cold”).See here.

      The Ancients knew that which we are only now learning.

      Posted by ForNow on 2007 03 26 at 07:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. Anyone seen Algore around here (Perth)? Coldest March night on record last night at 6.3 °C. Curse this global warming!!

      Posted by BIWOZ on 2007 03 26 at 08:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. ForNow, that was a LOL. I will be stealing it copiously.

      Posted by moptop on 2007 03 26 at 09:34 PM • permalink

 

    1. Algor the murderous.

      Posted by moptop on 2007 03 26 at 09:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. #1- but think of the results of an armistice, and the resultant closer ties; are we ready yet for moose porn?

      Posted by Habib on 2007 03 26 at 09:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. Gary @18
      Do you mean these Quebecois? Nineteen Battle Honours between Jul 44 and Apr 45. The Regiment had a reputation of taking very few POWs, having fought it’s first engagements against the SS Hitler Jugend. Their CO was CDS in the early 1970’s; his son died in Vietnam, LCpl USMC.

      Cheers

      Posted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2007 03 26 at 10:54 PM • permalink

 

    1. #27 Re. Prophet Mo, not exactly, Contrail:
      http://tinyurl.com/2ba6sb
      http://tinyurl.com/yvvkkt

      And there’s been a new government in Canada for just over a year:
      http://tinyurl.com/25qovc

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 03 26 at 11:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. Contrail @20
      The ‘arse’ of Canada as of 20 Feb 06: The Weekly Standard.

      Cheers

      Posted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2007 03 26 at 11:04 PM • permalink

 

    1. Re #1, yes, indeed I did, andycanuck.

      But I was also raised very close to the Canadian border.  Thems what lives in BC has a powerful thirst, they do.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 03 27 at 12:38 AM • permalink

 

    1. #6
      “Dammit, we want the world to be just like it was in 1974 forever…! “

      What, the world seen fuzzily thorugh a haze of bong smoke?  Isn’t that everybody’s memory of 1974?

      These liberals are always telling us about how they favor change and how change (unspecified) is always good.  Now they don’t want change?  Make up your freaking minds guys.

      Re: Hans Island.  I’m glad to see that there is at least one conflict in the world the USA has no need to get involved in.

      Posted by Michael Lonie on 2007 03 27 at 12:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. #34 Stand corrected. These hardly prairie folk who must have felt they were in an alien land during the old Liberal Government.

      #35 All the addresses at that site are in Washington DC. That doesn’t count.

      Posted by Contrail on 2007 03 27 at 08:43 AM • permalink

 

    1. Isn’t that everybody’s memory of 1974?

      If you can remember 1974 you weren’t really there.

      Posted by Some0Seppo on 2007 03 27 at 09:34 AM • permalink

 

    1. algor link no workie.

      Posted by aaron_ on 2007 03 27 at 07:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. Both the algor definition links are down. Must be the sudden traffic. Those sites very likely aren’t used to such a thing.

      Thank goodness I didn’t manage to link to Perseus. That site is overburdened and slow even without traffic from blogs.

      Posted by ForNow on 2007 03 27 at 10:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. Algor ain’t hip – he cain’t work things out or get no solution ‘cause he got no rithm.

      Posted by Ubique on 2007 03 28 at 09:59 AM • permalink

 

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