Tag Archives: Global Warming

BRITISH AMBASSADOR FOR THE ARCTIC?

6 Mar

SHOULD BRITAIN APPOINT AN AMBASSADOR TO THE ARCTIC AS RECOMMENDED BY A HOUSE OF LORD COMMITTEE?
THERE ARE GOOD REASONS FOR GREAT BRITAIN TO HAVE A GUARDIAN FOR HER INTERESTS IN THIS REGION:
IT HAS VAST RESOURCES OF GAS AND OIL THAT IS RELATIVELY EASY TO EXTRACT (AS APPOSED TO THE ANTARCTIC). THIS MAKES THE ARCTIC AN ATRACTIVE COMMERCIAL PROPOSITON TO THE ARCTIC COUNCIL STATES (USA, RUSSIA, CANADA, DENMARK, FINLAND, ICELAND NORWAY AND SWEDEN)
GLOBAL WARMING EXPERTS SUGGEST THAT THE ARCTIC WILL BE FREE OF SEA ICE IN THE SUMMER BY 2020, RESULTING IN A SIGNIFICANTLY SHORTER TRANSIT DISTANCE BETWEEN THE PACIFIC AND ATLANTIC OCEANS. THIS HAS AN OBVIOUS ECONOMIC BENEFIT.
CURRENTLY THE UK HAS A SMALL NUMBER OF CIVIL SERVANTS WORKING ON THE POLAR REGIONS PART TIME. FURTHER REPRESENTATION IS NEEDED TO PROTECT UK INTERESTS IN THIS POTENTIALLY LUCRATIVE MARKET IN A SITUATION THAT IS CHANGING SO RAPIDLY. FRANCE, JAPAN, POLAND AND SINGAPORE ALREADY HAVE AMBASSADORS
THE LORDS REPORT STATES SURPRISINGLY (TO ME), THAT BRITAIN IS THE ARCTIC’S NEAREST NEIGHBOUR BY VIRTUE OF AN UNINHABITED OUTCROP OF THE SHETLAND ISLANDS THAT IS ONLY 368 MILES SOUTH OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE.
GLOBAL WARMING NECESSITATES FORWARD THINKING IN THE POLAR REGIONS WHICH AN AMBASSADOR COULD FACILITATE. THE UK GOVERNMENT’S LACK OF FORWARD PLANNING IN THE ANTARCTIC IN THE EARLY 1900S IN RELATION TO THE SOUTH SHETLANDS, HAS RESULTED IN LONG TERM FRICTION OVER SOVEREIGNTY OVER SECTIONS OF THE SOUTHERN SEAS

Ice in Antarctica

12 Nov

Douglas Mawson embraced ‘the wonderful complexity and baffling contradictions of nature’

He would have been fascinated by this one; some of the Antarctic ice is apparently extending, even as evidence of global warming increases and large sections of the world’s icy surfaces disappear. This anomaly occurs because the polar vortex, winds swirling around the South Pole is strengthening  and forcing ice sheets together to form ridges which are  thickening slowly, researchers from the University of Washington have found.

This IS a baffling contradiction!

 

Global warming slowing currently

5 Sep

It seems that in the Pacific, oscillation in temperature (warmer or colder which can last for decades), guides global ocean atmospheric systems. Researchers at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, California, conclude that we are now in a cooling phase. This is apparently why global warming has slowed in recent years. The effects are not permanent and the scientists conclude that recent warm summers more truly reflect the  effect of global warming. But you can be certain that sceptics will be using this as an argument to support their claims that global warming is not a problem