As commuters in Chicago and across the Midwest faced inches of heavy, wet snow as they returned to work on Monday after the long U.S. Thanksgiving holiday weekend, with the storm knocking out power to nearly a quarter of a million people as the early winter storm devastated the area, we are once again confronted with conflicting reports from the so-called experts.
Yesterday the UK’s most comprehensive picture yet of how the climate could change over the next century was launched by the Environment Secretary Michael Gove.
According to the Met Office, The UK Climate Projections 2018 study is the most up to date assessment of how the UK may change over this century.
The report claims that under the highest emissions scenario, summer temperatures could be 5.4C, 9 deg F hotter by 2070 in the UK. Read the full report here
On the same day, another report released by The Daily Mail claimed Ocean circulation in North Atlantic is at its weakest for 1,500 years - and at levels that previously triggered a mini Ice Age, researchers warn the currents will have a 'profound effect' on both the North American and European climate.
The research, co-led by Drs. Christelle Not and Benoit Thibodeau from the Department of Earth Sciences and the Swire Institute of Marine Science, The University of Hong Kong, is interpreted to be a direct consequence of global warming and associated melt of the Greenland Ice-Sheet.
Slower circulation in the North Atlantic can yield a profound change in both the North American and European climate but also on the African and Asian summer monsoon rainfall.
The research team also found a weak signal during a period called the Little Ice Age (a cold spell observed between about 1600 and 1850 AD). Read the report here
President Donald Trump added to the confusion when he said on Monday he doesn't believe a climate report out of his administration that warns of dire economic costs in the wake of climate change.
The president was responding to a stunning report released by his administration Friday that said climate change will cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century, damaging everything from human health to infrastructure and agricultural production, the President quoted on the record cold blast tweeting what happened to Global Warming? Read Here
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) are following the warming line.
It's the hot debate of 2018, pardon the pun, are we witnessing global warming or global cooling.
As California fires are brought under control and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere prepare for winter after a record-breaking warm summer, spare a thought for residents of Krasnoyarsk Siberia who are already enduring temperatures of -50 C, (-58 deg F).
And according to NASA spokesman, temperatures for the whole globe could be about to plummet as our sun is entering one of the deepest Solar Minima of the Space Age.
Sunspots have been absent for most of 2018 and Earth’s upper atmosphere is responding, says Dr Phillips, editor of spaceweather.com.
Data from NASA’s TIMED satellite show that the thermosphere (the uppermost layer of air around our planet) is cooling and shrinking, literally decreasing the radius of the atmosphere.
Record cold in a matter of months
“If current trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record for cold,” says NASA's Martin Mlynczak. “We’re not there quite yet, but it could happen in a matter of months.”
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