Saturday, December 03, 2011
Hey! My Canary Is Dead!!
Arctic air temperatures were higher – about 2.5 degrees F (1.5 degrees C) higher in 2011 than the baseline number for the previous 30 years – and there was a dramatic loss of sea ice and glacier mass, the scientists said in a telephone briefing. With less bright ice to reflect sunlight, and more dark open water to absorb it, the Arctic’s changed characteristics are likely to feed on each other and accelerate.
While I'm not comfortable in saying every prediction has come to pass, I am confident in asserting that nearly every prediction for what global warming will entail has come, or is coming to be. But since it might mean a few less coin in the Koch brothers' pockets, we cannot do anything about it.