Warm 2011 Weather Shows Climate Change Despite La Nina
By Benjamin Haas
Last year was among the 15 warmest since record keeping began in the late 19th century, despite a La Nina weather pattern that should have cooled global temperatures, according to an annual climate assessment.
La Nina’s failure to cause significantly cooler global temperatures is one of many indications of long-term climate warming, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s State of the Climate report compiled by 378 scientists from 48 nations. La Nina was responsible for droughts in eastern Africa and North America, the scientists reported.
Last year “will be remembered as a year of extreme events, both in the United States and around the world,” Deputy NOAA Administrator Kathryn D. Sullivan said in a statement today.“Every weather event that happens now takes place in the context of a changing global environment.”
Texas had the hottest summer since data collection began in 1895 and extreme heat may be more common in the future.
“Conditions leading to droughts such as the one that occurred in Texas in 2011 are, at least in the case of temperature, distinctly more probable than they were 40-50 years ago,” according to the study. It used as a proxy 2008, another La Nina year, in which it found extreme heat was about 20 times more likely than in the 1960s.
Thailand’s 2011 floods weren’t the result of climate change because the amount of rain that fell “was not very unusual,”the report concluded.
Carbon dioxide emissions increased in 2011 and the yearly global average surpassed 390 parts per million for the first time since records started.
Dr. Pinna says:
People do not like to know the truth about themselves if it requires effort to change their future.
If I tell a patient that their sugar is too high and they must cut down calories and cut down carbs they will say: “O.K. Doc.” And they will continue eating as before.
If I tell them they must exercise or they will eventually have a heart attack, I get the same answer: “O.K., Doc. I’ll start exercising.” And, they rarely start exercising.
The concept of global warming has been around for decades, yet we see more use of gasoline engines than ever before.
In my city, no one pushes a lawn mower without a motor on it. Most people mow their lawns riding on large mowers which produce huge quantities of CO2 and other pollution.
The city workers are everywhere, cutting grass and blowing the clippings off the streets using small motorized clippers and blowers. This is happening across the globe. The amount of CO2 and heat produced has to be enormous.
As in over-eating and under-exercising the prognosis for the patient is very poor.
In the case of Global Warming, the patient is mankind. I predict a major human catastrophe within a decade. At that point there will be no time to turn back.