Sunday, September 8, 2013

Two Pieces of Good News

#1. We are two days from a record length of time (in the modern, satellite era) without a hurricane forming in the Atlantic basin. Will we set the record? Hard to say. There is a system near the African coast that looks like it could become the season's first hurricane.

#2. Huge increase in Arctic ice:

There has been a 60 per cent increase in the amount of ocean covered with ice compared to this time last year, they equivalent of almost a million square miles.
In a rebound from 2012's record low an unbroken ice sheet more than half the size of Europe already stretches from the Canadian islands to Russia's northern shores, days before the annual re-freeze is even set to begin.

Now the bad news (the story goes on to say),

A leaked report to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) seen by the Mail on Sunday, has led some scientists to claim that the world is heading for a period of cooling that will not end until the middle of this century.
If correct, it would contradict computer forecasts of imminent catastrophic warming. The news comes several years after it was predicted that the arctic would be ice-free by 2013.

Despite the original forecasts, major climate research centres now accept that there has been a “pause” in global warming since 1997.

Why is this bad news? There is no question that humanity fares better in warm climates than cold climates.

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