Roadrunner, sea level rise, and the Bloggers Bash

Roadrunner has gone viral so I thought I’d share it as well. What’s so fascinating about this clip that it gets over 3 million views in less that a week? The bird is really fast and I was reminded of Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner but I’ve seen better things on YouTube that get far fewer views. What do you think?

There’s an interesting article in Grist this week about the possibility of pumping water onto Antarctica to curb sea level rise. It sounds like a neat idea – the water will turn to ice and avert flooding – but it’s not going to work. Why? Because it will take 7% of global energy supply just to pump all that water over Antarctica and that’s just one of the reasons.

According to this article in Slate, February was a record-breaking month for temperature rise beating January this year which was also a record-breaking month. It’s looking like we’ve jumped 0.4°C in just 5 months which, to put this into perspective, is pretty huge given the long-term trend is about 0.2°C per decade. El Niño is a big reason for the sudden jump and there was a similar jump during the strong El Niño in 1998. If we want to halt the steady rise in temperature we need to stop emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Otherwise the earth will continue to get warmer decade after decade after decade. I learnt this stuff as a 13-year-old in grade 8. That was 27 years ago now. Why are we still dithering?

This post is turning out to be bit of a mish-mash of things but there’s one last thing I want to mention and this is definitely not the least important by any means. The annual Bloggers Bash is on in London on the 11th June 2016. Sign up before the end of April if you want to attend. It’ll be fantastic! More details on Sacha’s blog.

7 Replies to “Roadrunner, sea level rise, and the Bloggers Bash”

  1. My son shared this video with me last me, and I quickly forwarded the link to all of the cyclists I ride with. It’s hilarious. Although, as my son points out, it looks more like the ostrich is being chased by cyclists that are never in view.

    1. Yes, I have to say I thought the same thing about the ostrich being chased rather than the other way around.

  2. I found the length of the run pretty amazing, never figured ostriches as long distance speed merchants. Wonder what the folk on the embankment thought?

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