15 November 2016


The Arctic's temperature is way above normal for the time of year. The water is much warmer after the summer ice loss and there is a flood of warm air coming up from the South.

The unusually high temperatures reduce the temperature differential between the Arctic and lower latitudes and mean that the jet stream starts to slow down and meander bringing unusual weather to populated areas. ​​

This is probably the fastest way that climate change will affect people in the heavily populated regions. Waiting for crops to fail when the temperature rises 2 C will take another thirty years and waiting for the ice to melt and raise sea levels is a slow business but this is quick. Reduce Arctic ice cover, temperature rises and straight away the jet stream moves course.
It can bring excessive rain and floods or it can bring dry weather becoming drought, but in either case it is quick, it is regional and it is very unpleasant and expensive. 
 read more here

These are maybe the only things that governments understand about dealing with climate change if they are able to look beyond their little bitsy power deals and are willing to deal with it at all.


Steve Reed said...

Sadly, it has to have a dollar sign attached or it means nothing.

Anonymous said...

Well you know in my country we just elected someone who thinks global climate change is a hoax. So, part of me will be so happy to watch this buffoon get washed away in a flood of his own ignorance. The sad part, of course, is that the rest of the planet has to go with him. We are in for such a nightmare.

molly said...

And just as this is happening we get Trump! Lord have mercy!

liv said...

All the people who voted for him either don't believe in climate change or they think...let's make our money now because even if it is real, we won't be here to see it....No, but their children will and theirs will.
Sometimes I want to tell the world to stop having children because we are only leading them into a nightmare, I know that's wrong. But to see children suffering as a consequence of this is just horrifying.