Umm, George?

The effects of melting permafrost are not incorporated in any global climate models.

That\’s a bit of a surprise actually

Dramatic changes to the lives and livelihoods of Arctic-living communities are being forecast unless urgent action is taken to reduce greenhouse gases, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).Its Working Group II predicts wide-ranging thawing of the Arctic permafrost which is likely to have significant implications for infrastructure including houses, buildings, roads, railways and pipelines. A combination of reduced sea ice, thawing permafrost and storm surges also threatens erosion of Arctic coastlines with impacts on coastal communities, culturally important sites and industrial facilities.

7 comments on “Umm, George?

  1. It’s bad I’m afraid, even Obama can’t save us. Even Pol Pot’s year zero might not be radical enough.

    We’re doomed, all doomed I tell ye.

    There are of course all sorts of rational repsonses to arrant nonesense of this sort. But I’ll confine myself to this, FOAD you oversized Harry Potter lookalike.

  2. He is correct. Melting permafrost releases methane which is a feedback not considered so far in the models. Methane is a greenhouse gas in itself, and its ultimate fate in the atmosphere is also CO2.

    So more warming => more melting permafrost => more greenhouse gas => more warming.

  3. “Dramatic changes to the lives and livelihoods of Arctic-living communities are being forecast…”

    I say we buy every Inuit who might possibly be affected a pink Rolls and a Condo in Paris and give him or her 5 million dollars, man woman and child.

    It’ll be cheaper than what the Green nutbars want.

  4. Except that there is no evidence that increased methane causes warming. None. The ice cores show the opposite relation: that increasing warmth causes rises in CO2 and methane.

    Besides which, how did we ever survive the creation of the massive peat bogs of Siberia which formed 6-8000 years ago and then froze solid?

  5. Brit_in_Aussie,

    “Except that there is no evidence that increased methane causes warming. None. ”

    That’s like standing in the pouring rain and saying there is no evidence that you’re getting wet.

Leave a Reply

Name and email are required. Your email address will not be published.