After seeing ice on my car in South Florida on three mornings in the past week, I almost started to hope that there is something to Al Gore’s global warming religion. Florida has not experienced temperatures like this in more than 30 years. The current cold spell has caused major damage to Florida’s citrus and vegetable industries. Iguanas, who are not native to Florida, are falling from trees. Floridians are discovering that the heating function of their air conditioning systems are barely able to keep up.
It is ironic though that starting in December as global warmists and world leaders gathered in Copenhagen for the failed (in their view) climate change summit, the news has been full of stories of record cold, ice and snow throughout the northern hemisphere. Passengers on trains going beneath the Channel between Britain and France have been stuck several times due to equipment failure attributed to the cold weather.
Since there seems to be unusually cold weather wherever Al Gore travels, could he please relocate to some hot place without air conditioning where people would welcome a little cooling?
Seriously though, in the midst of all this freezing weather, a scientist who was part of the UN IPCC climate change panel writes that we may be headed for 30 years of cooler temperatures.
According to IPCC scientist Mojib Latif in an article for the Daily Mail, it could be just the beginning of a decades-long deep freeze. Latif is known as one of the world’s leading climate modelers.
Latif, is a professor at the Leibniz Institute at Germany’s Kiel University and an author of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. Latif is a prominent scientist in the UN’s IPCC climate research group.
Latif thinks the cold snap Americans, Brits, and Europeans have been suffering through is the beginning of another cycle, this one a down cycle. He says we’re in for 30 years of cooler temperatures. While maybe it is a harsh prediction, he calls it a “mini ice age”. That phrase is sure to stick in the craw of more than a few people. His theory is based on an analysis of natural oscillations in water temperatures in the oceans.
He believes our current cold weather pattern is a pause, a “30-years-long blip”, in the larger cycle of global warming, which postulates that temperatures will rise rapidly over the coming years.
At a U.N. conference in September, Latif said that changes in the North Atlantic Oscillation could mask over any “manmade global warming” for the next few decades. He said the fluctuations in the NAO could also be responsible for much of the rise in global temperatures seen over the past 30 years.
In a stunning revelation, he told the Daily Mail that:
“a significant share of the warming we saw from 1980 to 2000 and at earlier periods in the 20th Century was due to these cycles – perhaps as much as 50 percent.”
Quite a revelation, and a smack down of much of the climate science in the last 30 years that attributes the cause mostly to CO2 increases.
In other news, Arctic sea ice is on the rise too.
According to the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center Arctic summer sea ice has increased by 409,000 square miles, or 26 per cent, since 2007.I’m betting that summer 2010 will have even more ice retained.
It looks like Al Gore and the Obama administration will have to face some inconvenient truths.