We seem to bounce from one scare story to the next in a world of information overload that has the net impact of most of the population trudging through life worrying about things we know nothing about and scaring the bejeesus out of the kids. Mad Cow's Disease, SARS, terrorism, mobile phones irradiating our brains and of course the biggie.... Global Warming. Perhaps they've at last realised that there are only 646 of them but 60 million of us and the best way to keep us in check is to keep us scared. Maybe it's working in a spooky Orwellian kind of way.
Now, I'm not one to be over dramatic but I did think the Large Hydron Collider was letting the boffins go a step too far but the only thing they've managed to break with it so far is the Collider itself. I don't know if I'm expected to be reassured by that or not; my plan is to ignore it and if Switzerland disappears one day in a self combusting mini black hole I can't say it will change my life much.
Anyway, without wanting to chuck kerosene on the flames and send you running into the back garden to dig out the old Anderson Shelter, the latest scare that they've come up with is, quite frankly, barely plausible. In fact, it's so off the wall it just might be taken seriously, especially as their whole Global Warming thing is becoming rightly discredited.
From Paul Kedrosky's web site we learn that extracting oil from the ground over the past sixty years is putting the planet on a tilt, thereby changing the weather. You'll be thrilled to know that in, what I'm certain is an exciting and illuminating paper, being presented this week at the AGU Chapman Conderence on Complexity and Extreme Events in Geosciences in India , they contend that the change in the mass of the earth because of extraction is causing weight imbalances around the axis of rotation. That they suggest, is changing various mechanical properties of the Earth making the process of climate change more difficult to understand.
I just wonder if all the built up areas wouldn't counterbalance it. hey, maybe we'll have to move some cities to achieve equilibrium; "Excuse me Manchester, we're moving you up to Edinburgh." Well, they're not scaring me with this one; they'll have to do a lot better than this.