Climatic instability means it was 73 degrees two weeks ago up here and tonight it will be -10 degrees! Tons of data pouring in points to real global warming effects. Some scientists are theorizing the winds blew the other direction in winter during the Ice Ages, from east to west. This is quite possible as I will explain based on my own experience, living in a tent for ten years.
BEIJING, Jan. 23 (Xinhuanet) -- A climate report to be released next month will say an "explosion of new data." It will reveal evidence that human-caused global warming is visible in the air, water and melting ice and is destined to get much worse in the future.
Refuting past denials of solid proof by the Bush administration, a top U.S. climate scientist says there is positive evidence.
"The smoking gun is definitely lying on the table as we speak," said top U.S. climate scientist Jerry Mahlman, who reviewed all 1,600 pages of the first segment of a giant four-part report. "The evidence ... is compelling."
Too bad Bush can't read. According to the news, many American corporate entities skiing at Davos and yapping with fellow rulers at expensive dinners, they nearly all think that there is no global warming which is why they don't give a cr*p about the rest of humanity. Bush didn't even bother to mention New Orleans during his State of the Disunion speech. He just wants to tax the poor saps who have health insurance from work! (Drawing and quartering Bush would be too kindly).
That report will feature an "explosion of new data" on observations of current global warming, Solomon said.
Solomon and others refused to be specific about what the report says. They said the 12-page summary for policymakers will be secretly edited word-by-word by government officials for several days next week and released to the public on Feb. 2. The rest of that first report from scientists will come out months later.
I can just picture the Bush gangsters secretly editing this explosive report. Word for word. 'Remove "Inconvenient" and "truth", OK, can't have it,' snarls Karl Rove. Yup. Arrest him. And all the others. Should be easy enough, we know where they all are except for Cheney.
Bush's tools in the EPA desperately want to get the first word out and to muddy the waters and strangle the messenger and all that, then the scientists will get their say many months later and the media will attack everyone just like they attack Obama/Osama Hussein, that other dangerous Democrat.
This latest news story didn't even bother mentioning that Al Gore was right. Figures.
LiveScience Staff Writer
LiveScience.com Tue Jan 23, 5:35 PM ET
In one of the most stark illustrations of how a changing climate can have regional effects, scientists have learned that winds over North America have done a complete 180 since the time of the last Ice Age several thousand years ago.
This sounds, on the surface, crazy. But it is not. Aside from all the detailed data they have assembled to make their case, I know from life experience, the winds can flow steadily from any direction depending on many other factors. Certainly, if there is an ice sheet a mile thick here, and there was back then, it would definitely affect wind flow patterns in a huge way.
The uplifting of the Tibetan plateau, just for example, changed the weather flowing over all of Europe and most of Asia because the jet stream was displaced further south, over India.
The researchers examined cellulose from ancient wood samples recovered from the mid-latitudes of North America (40-50 degrees N). The changes in the compositions of oxygen and hydrogen isotopes across the continent gave the researchers a picture of the distribution of moisture during the glacial period. While modern samples show high levels of moisture on both coasts, the ancient samples surprisingly showed high levels on the East Coast that steadily decreased to the West Coast.
Feng hypothesizes that the Laurentide Ice Sheet, which covered a large area of North America during the Ice Age, intensified winds swirling around the North Pole. This intensification caused the jet stream, along which many storms tend to track, to dip further south than does today and the weak polar easterlies above it were pushed down over the mid-latitudes of North America.
When I lived in the tent complex, every gust of wind was obvious. So I could tell where it was coming from and how powerful it was. I noticed over the years, the wind would tend to come from various directions with greater intensity and frequency. Some years like the last six months here this year, the winds mostly come from the south. Nearly all our storms this winter have come stubbornly from the south up until this week.
Some years, all the storms come from the east. These are the really nasty ones. We can get four feet of snow from them. One winter, we had several dozen such storms. Some of them very huge and destructive. The valley I live in runs east to west and then the valley next to me runs north and south so they cross 1/2 mile from my house. This means winds moving due west or due north are channeled and become much stronger. So east winds are very noticable. They can be over 90 mph up at my elevation.
So what these scientists are saying is, all the moisture-bearing storms were from the east, coming off the Atlantic Ocean, rather than coming from the West Coast. This is probably why the glacier over my poor little mountain grew to be a mile thick! One snowstorm after another, year after year. All coming from the east.
Almost all the villagers in this dusty arid region say they have lost homes and farms to the Sahara Desert which is expanding southwards.
"What we do is that when the sand moves and buries our homes and farms and even our wells, we simply keep retreating southwards," says Aminu Mahmud, another villager who says he has already lost two different houses to the sand.
All over the planet, people are cutting down trees and deserts are growing. Trees keep the land cool. This is why forests, even on hot summer days, are cool. The trees break up the wind on the ground, they weaken the wind, they absorb the sun's energy, the wind's energy and thus, they grow. The create storms, they release important gases into the atmosphere, not the least being oxygen! As desertfication spreads, we doom ourselves. Mars is a very uninhabitable planet. We don't want it here too.
Glaciers are quickly disappearing from the Alps and will be all but gone by 2050, a climate expert said Monday. That's 50 years earlier than a July 2006 study predicted.
The loss would change the supply of drinking and irrigation water, lead to more falling rocks, and cripple the European ski industry.
Just like here in New York: no snow means spring turns to summer in April. And then no verdant grass for my grazing livestock! Dry winters are bad springs. We literally have no springs which is when water comes gushing out of the ground all over the hillsides! This also means the small rivers might dry up in August. So we love snow here just like the farmers in Europe know to love the snow too.
Rain just doesn't cut it. The blanket of snow means as the sun shines, the water slowly percolates into the fine soil which worms and small burrowing animals have aerated. This cleans the water, too. The slower it flows into the ground, the more it is cleaned and retained by the water table. Surface rain runs off too fast. This is why some of the richest farmlands are where it also snows.
SYDNEY Thousands of Australians who are voluntarily tackling enormous bushfires are furious that firefighters from the US and New Zealand are being paid A$600 (£230) a day to take the same risks.
Eventually, no one will put out these fires. Unless we get serious about global warming and try to do something about overgrazing, too much forest clearing and industrial pollution and energy/automobile pollution.