Sunday, March 4, 2007

Time Magazine Speaks of Major Climate Change

Ragnell has tagged the following Time magazine article. Excerpts:

As they review the bizarre and unpredictable weather pattern of the past several years, a growing number of scientists are beginning to suspect that many seemingly contradictory meteorological fluctuations are actually part of a global climatic upheaval.

No news there - you can hear this statement about every day. Let's continue, however.

However widely the weather varies from place to place and time to time, when meteorologists take an average of temperatures around the globe they find that the atmosphere has been growing gradually cooler for the past three decades. The trend shows no indication of reversing. Climatological Cassandras are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age.

Ice age? Huh? Let's continue.

Telltale signs are everywhere —from the unexpected persistence and thickness of pack ice in the waters around Iceland to the southward migration of a warmth-loving creature like the armadillo from the Midwest.Since the 1940s the mean global temperature has dropped about 2.7° F. Although that figure is at best an estimate, it is supported by other convincing data. When Climatologist George J. Kukla of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory and his wife Helena analyzed satellite weather data for the Northern Hemisphere, they found that the area of the ice and snow cover had suddenly increased by 12% in 1971 and the increase has persisted ever since. Areas of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, for example, were once totally free of any snow in summer; now they are covered year round.

Disclosure - this article appeared in Time on June 24, 1974. Meanwhile, the climatological Cassandras have moved on to other things.

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Jennifer said...

You got me! I was thinking I'd lost it for a minute there.

Ontario Emperor said...

30 years from now we'll be talking about global desertification, then global humidity, etc.

To be fair, some argue that the 1970s climate change studies were not as thorough as those conducted more recently.