Global Warming Catastrophe

It’s been quite a while since we’ve had a Global Warming update, and it appears that we failed to act soon enough, and now we’re all going to drown.

There are no comparisons to be made. This is not like war or plague or a stockmarket crash. We are ill-equipped, historically and psychologically, to understand it, which is one of the reasons why so many refuse to accept that it is happening.

What we are seeing, here and now, is the transformation of the atmospheric physics of this planet. Three weeks before the likely minimum, the melting of Arctic sea ice has already broken the record set in 2007. The daily rate of loss is now 50% higher than it was that year. The daily sense of loss – of the world we loved and knew – cannot be quantified so easily.

The Arctic has been warming roughly twice as quickly as the rest of the northern hemisphere. This is partly because climate breakdown there is self-perpetuating. As the ice melts, for example, exposing the darker sea beneath, heat that would previously have been reflected back into space is absorbed.

This great dissolution, of ice and certainties, is happening so much faster than most climate scientists predicted that one of them reports: “It feels as if everything I’ve learned has become obsolete.” In its last assessment, published in 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change noted that “in some projections, Arctic late-summer sea ice disappears almost entirely by the latter part of the 21st century”. These were the most extreme forecasts in the panel’s range. Some scientists now forecast that the disappearance of Arctic sea-ice in late summer could occur in this decade or the next.

As I’ve warned repeatedly, but to little effect, the IPCC’s assessments tend to be conservative. This is unsurprising when you see how many people have to approve them before they are published. There have been a few occasions – such as its estimate of the speed at which glaciers would be lost in the Himalayas – on which the panel has overstated the case. But it looks as if these will be greatly outnumbered by the occasions on which the panel has understated it.

The melting disperses another belief: that the temperate parts of the world – where most of the rich nations are located – will be hit last and least, while the poorer nations will be hit first and worst. New knowledge of the way in which the destruction of the Arctic sea ice affects northern Europe and North America suggests that this is no longer true. A paper published earlier this year in Geophysical Research Letters shows that Arctic warming is likely to be responsible for the extremes now hammering the once-temperate nations.

I’m really sorry we didn’t listen to our obviously wiser Liberals while we still had time to do something.  And even though it’s probably too late, I’d be interested in hearing from our resident Progressives, after the well-deserved I-told ya-so’s, just exactly what we should or could have done to avoid the impending climate Armageddon.  A big mea culpa is all I have to offer at this point.  I don’t even think we need to bother with the election in November.  I mean, what does it matter in the overall scheme of things?

24 thoughts on “Global Warming Catastrophe

  1. J. R. Babcock August 29, 2012 / 3:51 pm

    Probably a good thing we didn’t listen to climate scientists back in the 70’s who wanted to blanket the Arctic with soot to make it melt faster and prevent a new ice age.

  2. Cluster August 29, 2012 / 4:09 pm

    And as we witness the most recent destruction of the planet with Hurricane Isaac now taking another shot at New Orleans, the only question is – Why does Obama hate black people?

    • Retired Spook August 29, 2012 / 4:12 pm

      Oh, come on now, Cluster. Everyone knows that this is Bush’s fault. He got a hold of a way-back machine, just so he could take another shot at New Orleans.

      • neocon1 August 29, 2012 / 4:35 pm

        does al Ubama hate black people in the ch-oclate city also??

  3. Cluster August 29, 2012 / 4:10 pm

    I wonder if there is anything that that famous Native American Elizabeth Warren could do. Maybe a cooling dance or something.

    • Retired Spook August 29, 2012 / 4:18 pm

      No, I think this is really serious. Even the Washington Post is reporting on it:

      The Arctic ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consul Ifft, at Bergen, Norway.

      Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers, he declared, all
      point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone. Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met with as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes. Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm.

      Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared. Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts, which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds.

      Oh, wait, that article was from 1922. Never mind.

      • neocon1 August 29, 2012 / 4:33 pm


        Oh, wait, that article was from 1922. Never mind.

        Yuuuuuup 🙂

      • Cluster August 29, 2012 / 5:17 pm

        On that note too Spook, I hear the mid section of the country, Oklahoma, Kansas, Northern Texas, etc. are barren. Haven’t had any rain in years, crops aren’t growing, farmland is being decimated and in fact many people are fleeing to California.

        Oh wait, that was the Dust Bowl in 1935. My bad.

      • Retired Spook August 29, 2012 / 5:22 pm

        and in fact many people are fleeing to California.

        Now many people are fleeing FROM California, thanks to Leftist policies that punish success and reward sloth.

  4. Amazona August 29, 2012 / 7:44 pm

    From the Left’s beloved wikipedia:

    “In 1903, Amundsen led the first expedition to successfully traverse Canada’s Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans…………..Amundsen was able to navigate a passage into the Beaufort Sea after which he cleared into the Bering Strait, thus having successfully navigated the Northwest Passage. …………. Because the water along the route was as shallow as 3 ft (0.91 m), a larger ship could not have made the voyage.”

    Hmmmmm–Took a boat from the Atlantic to the Pacific, just below the North Pole—sounds like there wasn’t enough ice to stop him, eh?

    And the water!!!! It was only about 3 feet deep!!

    This Global Warming and melting of Arctic ice must be why Alaska was submerged and San Francisco was under water, and……….

    • Ricorun August 30, 2012 / 3:39 pm

      I hear ya sister! So what if cruise ships have been able to sail the Northwest Passage routinely for the last decade or so? The fact that Amundsen did it back in 1903-06 conclusively indicates that nothing has changed and everything is fine. Sure, it took him three years, and many before (and after) him failed, and he did it in a little, shallow draft fishing boat because the water was only 3 ft deep in spots before you reached, you know, ice. All that’s beside the point. His maps just sucked. So really, nothing to see here. Everything is fine.

      Oh, and of course there’s Mr. Ifft from the Norwegian Commerce Dept. too. Normally I’d want to check the records, but I’m sure he was a smart guy. So if he said things were heating up back in 1922 that’s good enough for me.

      But here’s the clincher: I happen to know that the high temperature in my back yard yesterday was 5 degrees cooler than it was the year before on the same date. Let me repeat that — 5 DEGREES COOLER!! That right there proves global warming is a total crock.

      Those Lefties are such idiots to rely on science and all that other junk we don’t understand. And of course, AT LEAST 95% of scientists are Lefties. And most of the rest are Commies. Okay, maybe that’s a bit over the top. But seriously, don’t they realize that if they searched the popular press archives thoroughly enough they’d realize everything’s just fine? Besides, I got me a surf board, so I’m good either way.

      • neocon1 August 30, 2012 / 4:19 pm


        near you


        wha hoppen?
        weatha changie.

      • Ricorun August 30, 2012 / 6:05 pm

        neocon, I want to be the first to congratulate you on offering exactly the depth of reply this post truly warrants. You da man!

      • Amazona August 30, 2012 / 6:23 pm

        And yet another “moderate” lurches out of the closet.

        First casper and now rico, flaunting hardcore Leftist nonsense, after years of posturing as middle of the road moderate pragmatics. Oh, bull.

        “Those Lefties are such idiots to rely on science and all that other junk we don’t understand.”

        I’m sure rico will try to say he was just being funny, just being sarcastic, whatever. But when you spew not just Leftist cant but toxic smug Leftist cant, you pretty much identify yourself.

      • Amazona August 30, 2012 / 6:26 pm

        Actually, rico, “the depth of reply (your) post warrants” would be short, pithy, and probably get deleted.

        As usual, your perception of the worth of your offerings is quite at odds with reality. The only time you are funny is when you are pontificating with great and ponderous seriousness, and there is nothing funny about watching someone play the fool if he really is a fool.

  5. Amazona August 29, 2012 / 7:46 pm

    “The daily sense of loss – of the world we loved and knew” !!!!!!

    scuse me—the sound of violins playing is making my ears bleed……

  6. J. R. Babcock August 30, 2012 / 5:45 pm

    I heard an interesting fact this week. Because of a combination of more extensive use of natural gas power plants and the continued economic downturn, U.S. emissions of CO2 have reached the lowest level since 1990. We also had one of the hottest summers on record. It makes me wonder if the two are as related as many scientists would have us believe. And, if the correlation is not as strong as has been suggested, what else can mankind do to affect climate. I’m thinking, not much.

    • neocon1 August 30, 2012 / 5:55 pm

      what else can mankind do to affect climate. I’m thinking, not much.

      Spit into the wind?

    • Ricorun August 30, 2012 / 6:09 pm

      The workings of your mind are a true marvel, J.R. I’m in awe. Keep up the good work!

    • Amazona August 30, 2012 / 6:28 pm

      Once again, rico, playing the fool is only entertaining when the person is not really a fool.

      When you do it, it is redundant and dumb.

      • Ricorun August 30, 2012 / 7:34 pm

        Back at ya, hon!

    • Amazona August 30, 2012 / 6:32 pm

      J.R., there has never been an actual verifiable connection between CO2 and temperature/climate change. There is a lot of speculation and theory, and bogus “science” working backward from conclusions, but this has only impressed the likes of rico.

      The closest there has been to a verified relationship has been that CO2 rises AFTER temperatures go up, so while there may be a relationship, the cause/effect aspect is unproven, with evidence pointing to conclusions opposite those invented by the warmers.

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