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Friday, November 11, 2005

Is global warming really a threat?

Absolutely, respond most scientists, but they have only recently been able to approach a basic agreement about our changing climate.

First, the Earth has gotten warmer. Since 1850, average global temperatures have risen about .6 degres Celcius. The most likely culprits are the greenhouse gases, such as carbondioxide, released by humans burning fossil fuels, and clearly of lands. Sera levels have also risen about 4 to 8 inches during the past century.

Second, the concentration of greenhouse gases (or GHG) in the atmosphere is near its highest point in recorded history. Since the Industrial Revolution, concentrations of carbon dioxide have risen 30%.

Based on studies of air trapped in ancient ice, today's level are higher than any time in the last 420000 years. If GHG concentrations rise, as expected, concentrations could cross a dangerous threshold, although that designation is contentious.

Finally, almost every scientist agrees upon one thing that the future is highly uncertain.

Projections state a rise of 1.4 to 5.8 degree Celcius by 2100. Other scientific concensus shows cracks beyond this point.

The Earth system has more unknowns that we are generally willing to acknowledge

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The United Nations establishes the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 1988. Carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere reach 350 parts per million from the pre-industrial level of 280 ppm. Carbon dioxide levels above 500 ppm are thought to pose a "dangerous" level of interference with the climate system, according to the United Nations.

In 1990, the IPCC presents its First Assessment Report, stating that human activities are substantially increasing the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Two years later, the United States, along with more than 100 other countries, sign the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It recognizes the climate system as a shared resource and launches efforts to curb climate change.

The Kyoto Protocol is negotiated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 5.2 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences publishes a report in 2001. The panel declares "temperatures are, in fact, rising" and human activity is the likely culprit, although it does not define the influence of natural climate variability. Predictions of a 3 degree Celsius warming are called "consistent" with climate science.

The Kyoto Protocol enters into force on February 16. The treaty was ratified by more than 140 countries. Concentration of carbon dioxide now stands at 372 parts per million, higher than at any time in at least the past 420,000 years, according to David King, chief science adviser to the British government.

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This is a matter of great concern. I'm worried.

Wednesday, November 2, 2005

God, No God

Being religious is not what is really required. Incarnates pray to God for wisdom, knowledge, courage, wealth, health. The *one* who is considered the almighty is worshipped to help the one praying get all that he needs or wants. And the religious beliefs drive our incarnate to things better than that he is actually involved with. What that really means is that God is just a reason to give for all the good things that he does or atleast tries to do. The rituals etc. are a path to get close to the almighty.

If the one called God doesn't really exist *somewhere* but exists everywhere then *Everywhere* includes *inside* of the person who is praying and that is the closest distance he can ever get to to attain what he really wants, God, or more precisely all the worldly necessities.

But can the one who prays attain the real God? What will he get when he really reaches that *somewhere*?

Because one is praying to God, which resides *everywhere*, including the *place* inside the one who prays, and that *place* is the closest to where he can ever get to the *one* he prays. If one's praying to himself then why give it a new name-God.

I'm a realist and do not believe in God. I believe rituals only cause troubles. I don't pray at all. I don't believe if one prays for something, one'll get it.

The only thing that is required is *faith*. Faith in oneself. Faith in one's own abilities. Faith in our own confidence and determination. Faith in the hope that one carries when failure overwhelms him.

Faith ofcourse tightly coupled with toiling hard and striving to reach the destiny.

An internal optimist, I always feel blessed. I trust my mind, my heart, my intelligence, and my sensibilities, and they've never let me down and never ever will. When I feel frustrated or angry, I just take a deep breath and move on. I'm absolutely allergic to negative energies.

If the way to get all the positive energy required is through God, I say that my way to attain all the positive energy required is by having *faith* in one's own self. I'm my own God.