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“Freakishly Warm” Arctic Weather Has Scientists Reconsidering Worst-Case Scenarios on Climate Change



– Scientists are expressing dismay over unprecedented warm temperatures in the Arctic. In recent days, temperatures at the North Pole have surged above freezing—even though the sun set last October and won’t rise again until later this month. On the northern tip of Greenland, a meteorological site has logged an unprecedented 61 hours of temperatures above freezing so far in 2018. The record-breaking temperatures are connected to an unusual retreat of sea ice in the sunless Arctic winter. Scientists suggest warming temperatures are eroding the polar vortex, the powerful winds that once cushioned the frozen north. The alarming heat wave is causing scientists to reconsider even their bleakest forecasts of climate change. According to a leaked draft of a scientific report by a United Nations panel of scientists, “The risk of an ice-free Arctic in summer is about 50 per cent or higher,” with warming of between 1.5 and 2.0 degrees Celsius. We speak with Jason Box, professor in glaciology at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland in Copenhagen.

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  1. The biggest problem, To many people Poor & Rich people, all CONSUMERS of resources and making pollution in the world. Jonathan Foley: The other inconvenient truth – YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1US4jjWtua8 – Jul 15, 2015
    A skyrocketing demand for food means that agriculture has become the largest driver of climate change, aka, Global Warming biodiversity loss and environmental destruction. Global over population has always been the REAL problem in the world, that no one dare speak of. Because the REAL TRUTH hurts ! As most all 3rd world countries over populate themselves and then need to export themselves to 1st world countries ! Immigration is REALLY THE BIGGEST and worst problem for all 1st world countries.

    At TEDxTC Jonathan Foley shows why we desperately need to begin "terraculture" farming for the whole planet.
    I say build in the ground below surface solar green houses !

  2. I looked into this, here are the facts: This "event" lasted 61 hours and about 7% of the arctic was above freezing during that time; as one scientist put it "a tiny blip". If you take the time to examine the temperature map presented early in this video you will see huge sections of the arctic were -30 to -40 clear down to the southern tip of Greenland and including the majority of Asia and the rest was in the -10 to -20 range. As I researched this I ran across several very prominent scientists who said we were entering a solar minimum which is very likely to cause global cooling, possibly for several decades. Is this Global Warming thing becoming a religion as opposed to science? I wonder.

  3. This isn't democracy now, this is lies now. Would you trust that dumb ass with those blue glasses? All lies.

  4. Scary stuff.

    I don’t think it’s right to say Lake Chad is drying up because of climate change. It’s feeder rivers have been diverted or elsewise used and the lake is silting up.

  5. There is nothing more certain than change. It's getting cold in many other places. Get over it.

  6. This is bullshit. The North Pole is today -28^C, and for most of the rest of March, is forecast to be minus 30^C. And that's a high of -30^C. Fear mongering and pseudo-science is what you get from these yahoos. Since emerging from the Little Ice Age, the planet has warmed a paltry, yet welcome 0.8^C.

    The population has increased from 1.8 billion to over 7 billion during that same time period and that is all the warming we have experienced? 288K to 288.8 K? A minuscule 0.8^C? You CAGW losers are pissing your pants over one half-hearted, tepid fart in a hurricane. Give your heads a shake. Just by breathing humanity produces 5,876,500,000,000 pounds of co2 a year.

  7. Good. Maybe we won't get another ice age. What the talking head morons aren't telling you is that the reason for ice ages is positive feedback glaciers. No glaciers, no ice age.

    On the other hand there is this idea of CO2 warming. CO2 is supposed to cause high temps. Well, geologists can tell you it doesn't. And that the CO2 has been far higher for most of life on this planet. And that temperatures have been higher for most of life on this planet.

    The temperature record of earth is a fall into ice ages. We are in a death spiral of ice ages and interglacials. The last ice age was ~10k years ago. All of humanity is since then. The decay into an ice age has been going on for 3 million years.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_age#/media/File:Five_Myr_Climate_Change.svg

  8. It’s already way too late to “tackle climate change”. People keep talking like all we have to do is drive a little less and eat organic and we’ll be fine. The Paris Accord means nothing at this point, like trying to put a bandaid over someone whose limbs have been severed and is bleeding to death. The only way to save ourselves at this point is by C02 extraction, which poses a world of risks in itself. The best advice is to just enjoy our last few years (or less) of abundance of food, water and relative stability. Rich nations are not except. The boat is sinking, and it’s way too late to save it.

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