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Lush green lawns with no trace of snow, chanterelles sprouting and spring flowers in bloom: winter in Sweden is beginning to look a lot less like, well, winter, meteorologists said on Wednesday. "The month of January has been very mild so far," said meteorologist Weine Josefsson at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI). With the mild temperatures, spring flowers such as cowslips and wood anemones have already started to bloom in the west of the country, while mushroom lovers are delighted to find chanterelles in the forests in the south. "It's very surprising that chanterelles have already started growing," said Lars-Åke Janzon, a biologist at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, adding that he had "never seen that before".
Giant fractures have been cracking open the ice in the Beaufort Sea in recent weeks creating extraordinary stretches of open water and giving researchers from around the world a first-hand look at the Arctic meltdown. "It's shocking to see," says David Barber, a climate specialist at the University of Manitoba. He is heading an international project, involving more than 200 researchers from 15 countries, on the Amundsen, a Canadian Coast Guard ship over-wintering in the Beaufort. "The fractures are huge," says Barber, who recently returned from the Amundsen and says some cracks are more than 100 kilometres across. "We drove our ship down of one of them and you couldn't see the sides of it."
That means Arctic summer ice, which has capped the planet for more than a million years, might be gone by 2010, says Barber.
Originally posted by Beachcoma
Think about it -- if it's not because of humans, yet it is happening, we still gotta prepare for it. If it's because of humans, but people keep on doubting, it's gonna happen anyway, and we still gotta prepare. Either way, we have to prepare for the inevitable change.
So what's the point of arguing about it?
Originally posted by Smokersroom
reply to post by centurion1211
I'm just an unbiased lurker, but damn you seem really smug.
Since I ought to contribute to this thread in some way - I think it is a global trend toward warming, with added impetus from human activity. That much should be obvious I think.
Originally posted by intrepid
reply to post by cavscout
That's 16.5 inches. I'd play hockey on it but I don't know if it would hold a large vehicle.
Originally posted by Beachcoma
... legislating against building (more) high-rise apartments on slopes that are at risk from mudslides -- stuff like that.
Originally posted by mrsdudara
Im in Missouri. When does everyone start debating global warming over our frozen lakes????
Moscow, Russia (AHN) - Russians are bracing for temperatures of as low as minus 55 degrees Celsius (minus 67 degrees Fahrenheit) in Siberia as Russia's emergencies ministry warns on Wednesday of its impending dangers in the coming weeks.
Bloomberg reports that worst hit will be the Siberian region of Evenkiya, while neighbor Georgia, whose climate is subtropical, already plunged to as low as minus 35 degrees Celsius. Lake Paliastomi in the western Georgia froze for the first time in 50 years, reports Rustavi-2 television.
Originally posted by Essan
Meanwhile England suffers another tropical winter ..... which proves global warming is real
(I'm facing my first winter month on record without an air frost, it's been so mild!)
You see the forecast for next week? -5 here in KC. And on lakes, you remember a few years ago when the waterways in Hell, Michigan froze for the first time in their recorded history? Hell froze over!
[edit on 18-1-2008 by apc]
There have been several ice ages in the history of the Earth. What is commonly called the ice age is actually the most recent (Quaternary) which began about two million years ago, and was characterized by cold (glacial), and relatively warm (interglacial) phases.
Four major continental glaciations are recorded in North America. The last (Wisconsin) began about 70,000 years ago, and ended 10,000 years ago. At the peak of the last glaciation, approximately 97% of Canada was covered by ice. Animals and plants that once lived in glaciated regions survived in refuges in Alaska and the Yukon, possibly on Banks Island, and in the northern United States. Probably the thickest ice (approximately 3,300 m) occurred over Hudson Bay. We are presently in an interglacial phase that could last for another 10,000 or more years.
Why was there a mini ice-age in the 1300's?
There was no industry to speak of.
What is happening is a planetary cycle; there is nothing we can do about it. It has happened before and will happen again.