Friday Funny: “Pay up, Suckas”

From the “I have first dibs on Uranus” department: From Yahoo News/AFP: Spanish woman claims ownership of the Sun MADRID (AFP) – After billions of years the Sun finally has an owner — a woman from Spain’s soggy region of Galicia said Friday she had registered the star at a local notary public as being…

NYT’s sort-of-clarity on Norfolk sinking aka “sea level rise” and an inconvenient map

This is a map and photo of Sharp’s Island and its sinking lighthouse in Chesapeake Bay, we’ll get back to that after the main article about Norfolk. GreenHell Blog writes: In an above-the-fold, front-page story, the Times’ Leslie Kaufman tried to tell a sad tale about global warming-induced sea-level rise wreaking havoc in Norfolk, VA.…

Can cacti ‘escape’ underground in high temperatures?

From the American Journal of Botany How a certain species will potentially handle global warming   In the scorching summer heat of the Chihuahuan Desert in southwest Texas, air temperatures can hover around 97°F (36°C) while at the surface of the soil temperatures can exceed 158°F (70°C). Encountering these extreme temperatures, plants must utilize creative…