We in America have hard data, real data, accumulated over the centuries of European habitation of this continent. Right?
"... amidst all the headlines about catastrophic Arctic warming, there are reliable satellite images of Arctic ice coverage going back only to 1979 and -- at least in the Western hemisphere -- reliable surface and air observations going back to just 1972. So-called "record" melting is only a record compared to the past 30 or 40 years."THIRTY OR FORTY YEARS! Is that all? That's it? The fate of the planet, according to Al Gore, hangs in the balance based on 30 or 40 years worth of temperature records?! Good grief, that's not even long enough to be called climate, it's just weather.
But, there are the Polar Bears drowning in the open Arctic Ocean for want of an ice cube large enough to sustain their dwindling population. Once the ice is gone, the mighty white predator, Moby Dick of the North, will be extinct. Right?
Then there was the news in early December that Icelandic and Norwegian scientists had determined an ancient polar bear jawbone they had discovered in 2004 was 110,000 to 130,000 years old.ONE HUNDRED-TEN THOUSAND TO ONE HUNDRED-THIRTY THOUSAND YEARS! That long? Polar Bears survived earlier warm periods, says The New York Times, that weren't caused by man made industrial pollution. How could this be? Well, the Eeemian may have been much warm than our Hallocene, but not that much warmer. Right?
What has that got to do with global warming? Only that it proves Ursus maritimus was a separate species before the Eeemian interglacial period. The Eeemian was a much warmer period than our own Holocene period, yet the big white predators managed to survive it without endangered species protection or the hand-wringing of environmentalists.
By analyzing pollen patterns, European researchers determined the kinds of trees and shrubs that grew at different times. Evergreens like pines, for instance, are more abundant in cold times, while deciduous trees like oaks abound in warm periods. From this record the researchers deduced that the warmest winter temperatures in the first 2,900 years of the Eemian, on average, were about 10 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than they are today. But the rest of the Eemian, they found, descended often into episodes of severe cold.TEN DEGREES F WARMER THAN TODAY! Oh no, we would all fry and the Polar Bears would die under those conditions. Oh, wait. That was 110,000 - 130,000 years ago and Polar Bears and we are still around. I guess 10d F isn't so hot after all. But...
In the coldest of these episodes, when winter temperatures were comparable to those at the end of the previous glacial period, the temperature dipped to 50 degrees below zero Fahrenheit at some points, with an average in the coldest month of 4 below.
MINUS FIFTY DEGREES FAHRENHEIT! That's really cold. No one could possibly survive -50d F. What about the 200,000 people who live in Yakutsk, Russia? The Siberian burg, says A Welsh View, is the coldest city on Earth where -50C/-58F is considered normal. Children get a snow day when it really gets cold at -55C/-67F.
Maybe we're not in so much trouble after all.
But wait, there's more ...
Canada's National Research Council employs a guy, Kenneth Tapping, who stares at the sun through a giant radio telescope all day. He's convinced, says The National Post, that we are headed for a really long, really cold spell because Sol, our sun, may be entering a period of inactivity with very few solar flares. Sun spots spew out large amounts of energy that bombards Earth, perturbating the atmosphere causing variations in weather.
The last time the sun was this inactive, Earth suffered the Little Ice Age that lasted about five centuries and ended in 1850. Crops failed through killer frosts and drought. Famine, plague and war were widespread. Harbours froze, so did rivers, and trade ceased.OH NO! Another fatal disaster that will destroy all life on Earth and no one can do anything to stop it. Well, I guess we can always just sit back and drink a nice cold bottle of beer and wait for the end.
This year, unusual weather in Europe caused their 2007 hop crop to fall far below expectations. Germany’s crop was OK, but the harvests in Czechoslovakia and Slovenia fell 30% below expectations. (Go to YouTube and type in “Slovenia” and “hops” to see a hop farm devastated by a hail storm just prior to harvest.) England’s harvest was average, but - although classic varieties such as Kent Golding and Fuggles are popular among homebrewers - hop acreage in the UK has fallen so low (under 2,500 acres) that they no longer have much impact on the global hop trade. While all this was happening, the pool of excess hop extract finally dried up.”
SAY IT AIN'T SO! Now we're really doomed!
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