Thursday, April 7, 2016
Victoria's Green Matters - 7th April 2016
Unbelievable though it may seem, there are still some people who fail to recognise the reality of global climate change despite reports of temperature increases from such august bodies as NASA.
Last week NASA released global temperature records for February this year which show that the average global surface temperature was 1.35°C warmer than the average for the same month between 1951 and 1980, a much larger margin than ever before.
This result has shocked everyone and is a reminder of the unremitting long term rise in global temperature resulting from the continual production of greenhouse gasses by the human population.
For anyone still doubting that climate change is real, maybe a visit to the Arctic would cool their scepticism. Last month’s temperatures were up to 16°C above normal for some parts of the Arctic. In Fort Yukon, the very unusual warm weather has forced people off the rivers which are not frozen hard enough for them to use their snowmobiles and has caused trees to come into bud already.
Winter was almost over by early March without it ever getting cold enough to create the conditions the Arctic villagers rely on for their way of life. Ice, which is usually 34 to 36 inches thick to take the weight of heavy equipment for hauling timber, has not been thicker than 20 inches.
In the face of these figures, the UN climate summit in Paris, where it was agreed in principle to limit climate warming to 1.5°C seems particularly inadequate.
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