Treehugger's caption reads " Yes,Climate Change May Cause More Tsunamis, No That's Not Alarmism"
I know headlines like that might just make most folks roll their eyes at this point -- I mean, what doesn't climate change cause these days, am I right?
At this stage with eyes rolling I am in complete agreement with him .
And I realize that people are skeptical of news-cycle tie-ins, like this very story appears to be. But just because it's sort of depressing to keep tabs on all of the myriad impacts of ol' climate change occurring the world over, doesn't mean we should be glossing over facts like this: Geologists believe that global warming may already be causing more earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. After all, screwing with the world's ornery climate system to the extent which we have is bound to have far-reaching effects -- effects like huge amounts of melting ice causing the earth's crust to "bounce" up, potentially triggering earthquakes.
It seems that the real sensationalists are those that disagree with this claptrap.
It's interesting stuff, and a little frightening. But it's not sensationalism. What does, ironically, veer more towards sensationalism, are the attempts by opponents of climate action to lambast such discussions as opportunistic, to try to shut down the dialogue. For instance, the right-wing blog the Daily Caller has a very poorly reported article that attempts to poke fun of Twitter users who've tweeted links between climate and earthquakes. "Twitter blames earthquakes on global warming," the headline mocks. The author then gathers some tweets that make the whole idea sound stupid, and contacts an "expert" who confirms her suspicions:
"Global warming alarmists will exploit any natural disaster to promote their anti-fossil fuel agenda," Tom Borelli of the Free Enterprise Project told The Daily Caller, adding that the climate change reaction is a result of the "global warming spin machine. First it's global warming, then it's climate change, now it's probably tectonic instability - no doubt all caused by man," he said."
Case closed -- Lefty global warming alarmists are nincompoops!
Now I am nodding again especially about the nincompoops!
Even most of the Treehugger readers are bagging the article and one comment sums it up:
David Pyle of Oxford University said small changes in the mass of the earth's surface seems to affect volcanic activity in general, not just in places where ice receded after a cold spell. Weather patterns also seem to affect volcanic activity - not just the other way round, he told the conference.