January 04, 2007

Climate change is tragedy at glacial speed

We continue to have unseasonably, unreasonably warm weather in the Oeresund region. Europe has been 8F above average through the past four months. Flowers and bushes are blooming. We have had frost just two times since midsummer. The temperature of the strait is nearly 50 F; normally it is right around freezing this time of year.

Half of the energy generated since the industrial revolution has been used in the past 20 years.

More than 20% of the Arctic ice cap has melted since 1979.

The Primate Brow brought me to an article about Minnesota's winter by WCCO:

According to weekly reports sent Monday to DNR headquarters, aside from counties in the far north, conservation officers are reporting slush, open water and deteriorated ice because of recent rains, making it unsafe.

On Mille Lacs Lake, ice as thin as an inch-and-a-half has caused vehicles to plunge into the water. Open water prevails in central Minnesota, as it does in the southeast, where one officer noticed ducks where solid ice has normally formed by now.

Officer Brett Oberg spotted water skiers on the Mississippi River below Lock and Dam No. 1.

Organizers of the ice-fishing tournament in Forest Lake about 25 miles north of the Twin Cities canceled it after being forced to scratch it in three of the past five years.


At January 04, 2007 4:29 PM , Anonymous Tim said...

I get the sense that we are past the point of no return. "The Weather Makers" talks about how slowly the ocean absorbs heat from the atmosphere, but once it changes, man, we are done.


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