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10.29.2005

Global warming a bigger threat than terrorism

It's been a while, I've been neglecting the blog of late. Here's another respected scientist saying what everyone with eyes to SEE has been saying for so long.

Record heat raises climate fears
By Steve Connor, Science Editor
The Independent
28 October 2005

Sun worshippers took to Brighton beach in their hundreds yesterday, where the temperature hit 18.1 C. In Kinlochewe on the far north-west coast of Scotland, it was a balmy 22.4 C.

Just four days before Hallowe'en, Britain was enjoying the warmest 27 October since records began in 1880.

As the UK basked in the freakish heat, it seemed almost churlish to seek an explanation. But these days, in the shadow of global warming, extreme weather patterns come with a health warning attached. Why was it so warm?

The weather experts explained that the mini-heatwave was the result of a large area of high pressure over southeastern Europe and low pressure well to the west of Ireland.

Sandwiched in between these two weather systems was Britain, which happily found itself right in the way of a warm southerly breeze blowing directly from the hot sands of north Africa. The dryness of the air was explained by it coming from the continent rather than from the Atlantic. The Scottish glens enjoyed the added benefit of a meteorological phenomenon known as the Fone effect, when air warms even further after descending from higher ground.

Is this yet more evidence of climate change? Was this the sort of October day Britain might expect in a world where global warming has become reality?

The Prince of Wales said yesterday that climate change was one of the greatest problems facing man. Meanwhile, the chief scientist, Sir David King, reiterated his belief that global warming was a greater threat than terrorism. [...]

Will the Powers that Be ever be taken to task for their deliberate misrepresentation of the reality of global warming? I certainly hope so, all that is needed is for one person of power, someone, anyone, to be willing to stand up for the truth. Unfortunately, tradition has shown that those are the people who end up dying suspiciously. A la Webb, Wellstone, Kelley...