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Back in 2000, here's what the top global warming experts predicted for the UK:
...the warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are less cold than in much hotter summers. According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, within a few years winter snowfall will become "a very rare and exciting event".
"Children just aren't going to know what snow is," he said.
David Parker, at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research in Berkshire, says ultimately, British children could have only virtual experience of snow. Via the internet, they might wonder at polar scenes - or eventually "feel" virtual cold.
Aw, those poor little tykes. Let's see how the predictions of these global warming experts have panned out here in 2010:
Swathes of Britain skidded to a halt today as the big freeze returned - grounding flights, closing rail links and leaving traffic at a standstill. And tonight the nation was braced for another 10in of snow and yet more sub-zero temperatures - with no let-up in the bitterly cold weather for at least a month, forecasters have warned.
The Arctic conditions are set to last through the Christmas and New Year bank holidays and beyond and as temperatures plummeted to -10c (14f). The Met Office said this December was ‘almost certain’ to become the coldest since records began in 1910..
The latest snowfall carpeted large swathes of Britain today - with up to 5in falling in places - paralysing roads and rail, and forcing airports and schools to close. Forecasters warned the worst was still to come over the next 24 hours as the heaviest December snowfall for 30 years tightened its grip on the nation once more.
Question: How did Britain go from 'no snow within a few years' to 'the coldest December on record and the heaviest snowfall in 30 years' in one short decade ? Somebody call the CRU. They got some splainin' to do. Or maybe the IPCC's hockey stick graph, which was wrong from the moment it was published, was meant for ice hockey. Things ain't adding up, and somebody should have to answer for it. The discrepancy shouldn't be relegated to places like tiny blogs on ohio.com. Where is our major media on this story ? As I explained in my last post on this subject, global warming stopped fifteen years ago, yet the mainstream media has been as quiet as a churchmouse on the subject.
Meanwhile, the UN is rolling merrily along with it's climate change recommendations following the recent Cancun summit:
The United Nations urged governments on Monday to make deeper cuts in greenhouse gas emissions quickly, saying the world will otherwise overshoot a ceiling for global warming agreed this month in Mexico.
The U.N. Climate Change Secretariat also called on countries to work out the details of new institutions, such as a "Green Climate Fund" to help poor nations, agreed on December 11 at the 190-nation talks.
"All countries, but particularly industrialised nations, need to deepen their emission reduction efforts and to do so quickly," Christiana Figueres, head of the Secretariat, said in a statement.
In Cancun, governments agreed to measures such as a new fund to help oversee $100 billion in annual aid to developing nations from 2020, a new mechanism to slow deforestation and ways to help poor countries adapt to the impacts of climate change.
Hold on there a second, UN. The doomsday scenarios about ice-free arctic seas and melting glaciers have been overstated, and contrary to another doomsday scenario, the sea level is not rising, according to a former IPCC expert:
26 Feb 10 - Dr Nils-Axel Mörner, geologist, physicist, and one-time expert reviewer for the IPCC, announced this week that, contrary to IPCC claims, sea levels are not rising.
"Sea level is not changing in any way, " said Dr Mörner in an hour-long interview with Kim Greenhouse of "It's Rainmaking Time."
Dr. Mörner, who received his PhD in geology in 1969, is one of the greatest - if not the greatest - experts on sea levels in the world today. He has worked with sea level problems for 40 years in areas scattered all over the globe
There is no change, says Mörner. There is absolutely no sea-level rise in Tuvalo, there is no change here, and there is zero sea-level rise in Bangladesh. If anything, sea levels have lowered in Bangladesh.
We do not need to fear sea-level rise, says Mörner. "(However), we should have a fear of those people who fooled us."
And btw, the scare tactics being used regarding melting ice in Greenland may also be just that, scare tactics. Here are the results of a recent study:
Greenland ice sheet flow driven by short-term weather extremes, not gradual warming: UBC research
Sudden changes in the volume of meltwater contribute more to the acceleration – and eventual loss – of the Greenland ice sheet than the gradual increase of temperature, according to a University of British Columbia study.
Isn't it time to admit we don't have the answers ? Isn't it time to admit more study is needed ? Isn't it time to reopen those closed minds ? Isn't it, IPCC ? Isn't it, UN ? Isn't it, CRU ? Isn't it, Al Gore ?