17 January 2008

Global Cooling: Tipping the Delicate Balance

Panic over climate change is fashionable among journalists and celebrities. But are they panicking over the wrong type of climate change? It appears that predictions of temperature trends and sea level changes are not running true.

Last year's Southern Hemisphere winter set records for sea ice extent, and this year's Northern Hemisphere winter appears to signal similar gains in northern ice. In the US, viewers of the NFL playoffs will experience American Football as it was meant to be played:
In Green Bay, where the Packers host the Giants, temperatures will be near to sub-zero. In Foxboro where the Patriots take on the Chargers, temperatures will be at game time in the teens and maybe by late in the game high single numbers. In both locations the cold will come with winds (especially Foxboro) and numbing wind chill and maybe a few snowflakes. Source
In Greenland, this year's winter appears to be a throwback to pre-"global warming" days.
On Disko Bay in western Greenland, where a number of prominent world leaders have visited in recent years to get a first-hand impression of climate change, temperatures have dropped so drastically that the water has frozen over for the first time in a decade. “The ice is up to 50cm thick,” said Henrik Matthiesen, an employee at Denmark’s Meteorological Institute who has also sailed the Greenlandic coastline for the Royal Arctic Line. ‘We’ve had loads of northerly winds since Christmas which has made the area miserably cold.’ Matthiesen suggested the cold weather marked a return to the frigid temperatures common a decade ago.

Temperatures plunged to -25C earlier this month, clogging the bay with ice and making shipping impossible for small crafts...Source

The panic in Europe over climate change is even worse than that in North America and Oceania. The European Union's rush to Carbon Trading schemes may signal the long anticipated economic decline of Europe.
The German steel industry warned Thursday of huge job losses if the European Commission went ahead with a new emissions trading scheme in its climate protection drive. “If by 2020 all emission rights must be bought at auction, at least 50,000 jobs in the German steel industry are in danger,” the head of the industry foundation, Dieter Ameling, told the conservative daily Die Welt in an interview to be published Thursday....The EU programme would make German and European manufacturers the clear losers in the global steel industry,” he said. Source

More here and here. H/T Icecap

If the European Commission and the EU are willing to destroy Europe's industrial base (H/T Tom Nelson) over a panicked misinterpretation of climate data, perhaps that is Europe's lookout. But if the entire global economy is expected to crash and burn voluntarily to prevent a disaster that is not coming anyway, that is the lookout of every citizen who care's about his country's (and his own) economic well-being.

Something is badly wrong with current climate models--the very models upon which policy-makers are basing their disastrous plans. What will it take--and how long will it take--for them to understand how badly they have been misled?


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