Br-r-r! Where did global warming go?

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Br-r-r! Where did global warming go?
Great op/ed piece by Jeff Jacoby in the Boston Globe

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6 Jan 08 - "... a funny thing happened on the way to the planetary hot flash: Much of the planet grew bitterly cold.

"In South America, for example, the start of winter last year was one of the coldest ever observed. In Buenos Aires, it snowed for the first time in 89 years, while in Peru the cold was so intense that the government declared a state of emergency in 14 of the country's 24 provinces. In August, Chile's agriculture minister lamented "the toughest winter we have seen in the past 50 years," which caused losses of at least $200 million in destroyed crops and livestock.

"Johannesburg experienced its first significant snowfall in a quarter-century. Australia had its coldest ever June. New Zealand's vineyards lost much of their 2007 harvest when spring temperatures dropped to record lows.

"What if the frigid conditions that have caused so much distress in recent months signal an impending era of global cooling?

"Stock up on fur coats and felt boots!" advises Oleg Sorokhtin, a fellow of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and senior scientist at Moscow's Shirshov Institute of Oceanography. "The latest data . . . say that earth has passed the peak of its warmer period, and a fairly cold spell will set in quite soon, by 2012." "Solar activity is many times more powerful than the energy produced by the whole of humankind."

Physicists Henrik Svensmark and Eigil Friis-Christensen concur: "The sun . . . appears to be the main forcing agent in global climate change," they write.

Much remains to be learned about how and why climate changes, and there is neither virtue nor wisdom in an emotional rush to counter global warming - especially if what's coming is a global Big Chill.

See entire article, including links to each of the various incidents listed
http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2008/01/06/br_r_r_where_did_global_warming_go/
Thanks to Craig Adkins, Steven Woodcock, Robert Branch and Norman Vermillion for this link

 


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