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Heatwave with a global grip

 
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07/31/2006 05:26 AM
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Heatwave with a global grip
IT looks like being the hottest July on record but Britain is not alone in experiencing extreme conditions, write Jonathan Leake and Alex Delmar- Morgan.
Hot, arid weather is afflicting millions in America and in dozens of countries across Europe and parts of east Asia.



The phenomenon has surprised meteorologists who are used to seeing drought as a regional, not global, problem. This weekend they said early analysis of the hot weather, together with the size of the areas affected, suggested it was linked to global climate change.

“Greenhouse gas emissions raise the likelihood of heatwaves like this one,” said Dave Griggs, a Met Office representative on the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme. “By 2040 this will be just an average summer and by 2060 it will be a relatively cool one.”

Data on the global heatwave have been collated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in America. Its maps show that most of the US is 3-7C above the average for the time of year and several western states have been more than 9C higher.

In California the temperature in Death Valley reached 56.5C and in many west coast towns it exceeded 40C. An estimated 130 people have been killed by the heat and demand for power to run air-conditioning overloaded power stations, leaving some areas without electricity for up to three days.

In South America, mid-winter temperatures in Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Brazil are up to 7C higher than average. The accompanying drought has reduced the giant Iguazu falls on the Brazil-Argentina border to a trickle.

Temperatures are averaging 7C higher than usual across southern England and Scotland. Casualties are expected: a similar hot spell in August 2003 caused 2,071 deaths, according to estimates by the Office for National Statistics.

Even Mediterranean countries were caught unawares. Last week Spain and France, hit by temperatures 7-9C above average, had to shut down nuclear power stations as the rivers supplying water for cooling became too warm.

Pakistan, Bangladesh and southern India hit 3C above normal and much of central China was up by 5C. A drought, the worst for 60 years, is affecting the Chongqing region, leaving 2m short of water.

The most comfortable places, at least in terms of temperature, were western Russia, North Korea, Siberia and Japan, which were 3C cooler than usual.

“The high pressure zone that is carrying warm air to Europe from the south is also bringing cool air down from the Arctic over Russia,” said John Kennedy, who monitors global climate at the Met Office.

“It is one of the few cool spots. But if this weather holds then July will be Britain’s hottest month since records began.”


[link to www.timesonline.co.uk]

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07/31/2006 05:43 AM
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The trouble in the Middle East will soon look like a minor little squabble compared to the utter doom and havoc that global warming will bring about.

We are fools to be fighting each other when we should be devoting all our strength to saving the planet that we live on.

We are fools and we are DOOMED.

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07/31/2006 06:02 AM
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In the Netherlands weather just got cooler 5a
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07/31/2006 06:06 AM
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The day will come, sooner that you think, when todays heatwave will look like a cool breeze.

"Siberia's peat bogs formed around 11,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age. Since then they have been generating methane, most of which has been trapped within the permafrost, and sometimes deeper in ice-like structures known as clathrates. Larry Smith of the University of California, Los Angeles, estimates that the west Siberian bog alone contains some 70 billion tonnes of methane, a quarter of all the methane stored on the land surface worldwide.

His colleague Karen Frey says if the bogs dry out as they warm, the methane will oxidise and escape into the air as carbon dioxide. But if the bogs remain wet, as is the case in western Siberia today, then the methane will be released straight into the atmosphere. Methane is 20 times as potent a greenhouse gas as carbon dioxide."

[link to www.newscientist.com]

You aint seen nothing yet....

Do the most pessimistic IPCC projectios take this methane into account? NO

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The phenomenon has surprised meteorologists who are used to seeing drought as a regional, not global, problem. This weekend they said early analysis of the hot weather, together with the size of the areas affected, suggested it was linked to global climate change.

“Greenhouse gas emissions raise the likelihood of heatwaves like this one,” said Dave Griggs, a Met Office representative on the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme. “By 2040 this will be just an average summer and by 2060 it will be a relatively cool one.”

[link to www.timesonline.co.uk]

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When reality hits about the cataclysmic Earth changes, the question for global warming deniers will be, what are you going to do to fix it?

And you know what, there isn't an answer to that question. No one knows how to stop runaway climate change which seems to be underway. The least of which would be the boneheaded Republicans who have denied the fact all along. But they are going to be asked, when it all hits the fan big time.

Earth and human life is in a precarious position. A little closer to the Sun, Earth would be boiling acid like Venus. A little further out, a dead, inhospitable planet like Mars. Now we are screwing up this fragile environment. And alot of people could seem to care less about future generations or the future of life on Earth itself. As a staunch third party person, I agree with Al Gore, this will be the biggest story of the 21st Century, possibly the biggest story in all humankind.

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