There’s little I dislike talking about more than politically touchy subjects. But given the rolling heat waves causing all kinds of crazy storms–and it’s only barely summer, yet–it seemed appropriate. Also, I came across some amazing articles talking about Global Warming Science in the ages of Queen Victoria, the Dawn of Flight, the Age of Napoleon, and Claude Pouillet.
I will sum up their contents. Basically, Science determined in the mid-1800s that CO2 and other engine-related pollutants were changing the moisture level in the air, which in turn changed the amount of sun the atmosphere absorbed and distributed. In a nutshell, greenhouse gasses cause hotter temperatures. Ironically, as many of you have probably heard, motor vehicles solved the pollution problem of horse manure. At least temporarily.Now, if Chitty Chitty Bang Bang had heard about this problem, you can bet they’d have solved it already.
Google Victorian Era Global Warming and you get some really interesting results, not the least of which is the apparent public opinion that starvation, obesity, poverty, and pollution were all nonissues in that era. Well, that’s why we have Steampunk–for the fantasy of alternate history. That silly note aside, I did find an amazing article arguing that global warming demands more airships. Read it, it’s fascinating and well written by John Rennie.
Beneath the Crust addresses Global Warming if it happened very rapidly–from luscious wonderland to crusty desert in the blink of an eye, so to speak. I wonder what Tesla would think of my bastardization of his invention.
In better news, the Steampunk Community has rallied together to Recycle Everything, including Guitars, Armor, Animal Heads, Robocop, and Kittens. No animals were harmed in the making of this ridiculous article.
On another note, there are some interesting things going on this week. This evening the Colorado Steampunks will be seeing Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (link goes to event). I won’t be there, as I’ll be seeing Brave. Other than ConTemporal, there don’t seem to be any other big events happening this weekend. Remember, stay cool in a green way–wave a palm frond!