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Mar 19, 2011

By Charles Onians

Britain's winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives.

Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain's culture, as warmer winters - which scientists are attributing to global climate change - produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries.

The first two months of 2000 were virtually free of significant snowfall in much of lowland Britain, and December brought only moderate snowfall in the South-east. It is the continuation of a trend that has been increasingly visible in the past 15 years: in the south of England, for instance, from 1970 to 1995 snow and sleet fell for an average of 3.7 days, while from 1988 to 1995 the average was 0.7 days. London's last substantial snowfall was in February 1991.

Global warming, the heating of the atmosphere by increased amounts of industrial gases, is now accepted as a reality by the international community. Average temperatures in Britain were nearly 0.6°C higher in the Nineties than in 1960-90, and it is estimated that they will increase by 0.2C every decade over the coming century. Eight of the 10 hottest years on record occurred in the Nineties.

http://d.imagehost.org/0203/al_gore_2008.jpg However, the warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are less cold than in much hotter summers. According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, within a few years winter snowfall will become "a very rare and exciting event".

"Children just aren't going to know what snow is," he said.

The effects of snow-free winter in Britain are already becoming apparent. This year, for the first time ever, Hamleys, Britain's biggest toyshop, had no sledges on display in its Regent Street store. "It was a bit of a first," a spokesperson said.

Fen skating, once a popular sport on the fields of East Anglia, now takes place on indoor artificial rinks. Malcolm Robinson, of the Fenland Indoor Speed Skating Club in Peterborough, says they have not skated outside since 1997. "As a boy, I can remember being on ice most winters. Now it's few and far between," he said.

http://www.theblaze.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Snow.jpgMichael Jeacock, a Cambridgeshire local historian, added that a generation was growing up "without experiencing one of the greatest joys and privileges of living in this part of the world - open-air skating".

Warmer winters have significant environmental and economic implications, and a wide range of research indicates that pests and plant diseases, usually killed back by sharp frosts, are likely to flourish. But very little research has been done on the cultural implications of climate change - into the possibility, for example, that our notion of Christmas might have to shift.

Professor Jarich Oosten, an anthropologist at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, says that even if we no longer see snow, it will remain culturally important.

"We don't really have wolves in Europe any more, but they are still an important part of our culture and everyone knows what they look like," he said.

David Parker, at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research in Berkshire, says ultimately, British children could have only virtual experience of snow. Via the internet, they might wonder at polar scenes - or eventually "feel" virtual cold.

Heavy snow will return occasionally, says Dr Viner, but when it does we will be unprepared. "We're really going to get caught out. Snow will probably cause chaos in 20 years time," he said.

The chances are certainly now stacked against the sort of heavy snowfall in cities that inspired Impressionist painters, such as Sisley, and the 19th century poet laureate Robert Bridges, who wrote in "London Snow" of it, "stealthily and perpetually settling and loosely lying".

Not any more, it seems.

Monday, 20 March 2000

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/snowfalls-are-now-just-a-thing-of-the-past-724017.html

Related:

Thomas Jefferson on Global Warming:

“The change which has taken place in our climate is one of those facts which all men of years are sensible of and yet none can prove by regular evidence. They can only appeal to each other’s general observation for the fact.

I remember that when I was a small boy, say sixty years ago, snows were frequent and deep in every winter, to my knee very often, to my waist sometimes, and that they covered the earth long. And I remember while yet young to have heard from very old men that in their youth the winters had been still colder, with deeper and longer snows. In the year 1772, thirty-seven years ago, we had a snow two feet deep in the Champain parts of this state, and three feet in the counties next below the mountains . . .

“While I lived at Washington, I kept a Diary, and by recurring to that I observe that from the winter of 1802-03 to that of 1808-09 inclusive, the average fall of snow of the seven winters was only 14½ inches, and that the ground was covered but sixteen days in each winter on average of the whole. The maximum in any one winter during that period was 21 inches fall, and 34 days on the ground, the minimum was 4½ inches fall and two days on the ground . . .!

“Williams in his history of Vermont has an essay on the change in the climate of Europe, Asia and Africa.”
Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Philadelphia physician and professor Nathaniel Chapman dated Dec. 11, 1809, nine months after he left the presidency.

Climate change crusaders insist that the earth is warming largely due to the emission of greenhouse gases by motor vehicles and factories.

But Thomas Jefferson wrote about global warming back in the early 19th century, before there were any emissions from cars, coal-fired power plants, and other developments of the Industrial Age.

http://texasgopvote.com/blog/thomas-jefferson-global-warming-03085

a pdf:
Dr. Adolf Hoel Spitsbergen expedition
Arctic appears to warm up

Reports from fishermen/seal hunters/researchers who sail the sea round Svalbard/eastern part of Arctic, all point to radical change in climate conditions & hitherto completely unknown to high temperatures
ice conditions exceptional fact is we have so little ice, never been recorded.

Hoel made a cross section of Gulf Stream at 81°N latitude, would have measured depths of 3,100M these show the Gulf Stream very warm it can be pursued in parallel as a surface current towards the 81° warmth of
the water makes it likely that favourable ice conditions continue for some time many landscapes have changed are no longer recognizable
where there are large masses of ice were, are now moraines, earth accumulations & stones in many places where once the glacier towered far into the sea, they are completely gone temperature change,
says Captain I, also changed flora & fauna in Arctic this summer he was looking for white fish around Spitsbergen previously, there were large flocks of them this year, he saw none, although searched all his old
 fishing grounds there were a few seals in the waters around
Spitsbergen this year & the catch was well below average he pointed out the waters around Spitsbergen else had a consistent summer temperature of 3°C.
This year, measured temperatures of up to 15°C / last winter sea is frozen not even on the N coast of Spitsbergen
issue of summer 1922 printed in 2. Nov. 22 Washington Post

http://docs.lib.noaa.gov/rescue/mwr/050/mwr-050-11-0589a.pdf

 

Rajendra Kumar Pachauri or How Global Warming Has Become a Religion of Guilt and Money

Where did Pachauri basically come, before he was appointed in 2002 the chairperson of the IPCC?
From 1981 he was a manager in "TATA Energy Research Institute" in New Delhi and prior renaming the institute to "The Energy and Resources Institute" (TERI) - 2001 their chairman.

or as an article by my dear friend Amour a.*

AmourOffline A.

Global Warming: BIG Business With a Global Fraud

The entire solar system-not just our one small planet-is currently underg oing profound, never-before-seen physical changes.

...Why is the false paradigm of human caused "catastrophic climate change" still pushed incessantly...? ...And why Goldman Sachs has recently bought pieces of two carbon-offset companies... About Money, Influence, Greed & Malthusian Fraud...

This trend is important because, if sustained over decades, it could cause significant climate change. Records of solar activity indicate solar radiation has been increasing since the late 19th century. As sun causes Climate Change why blame mankind?

Physicist Wal Thornhill of Electric Universe fame laments on the terrible condition science is in now-a-days as it takes on the mantle of religion, mainly when it comes to Anthropogenic Climate Change.

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Henriette Matthijssen (145)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 12:43 pm
Where I am there was more snow this year then in the past 10 years! The so called experts on this are either delusional or have an ulterior motive for making this prediction! Is there anything believable now or are we being fed BS to suit their planned agenda. Any one still speaking truth or are we all living in a virtual world??? One does not know who to believe!

ParsifalOFFLINE S. (100)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 12:47 pm

And, Henriette, if you believe, what you feel???

Ronni G. (108)
Monday March 21, 2011, 2:05 am
The talk of long ago winters brought to mind the school milk, so frozen we had to put the bottles on the radiator pipes before we could drink it! The 6foot snow drifts outside our door and the happy times sledging down the hills close to home. Thak you for the reminder; sad to say my grandchildren have known only small snowfall (apart from this past winter, which was out of the norm)
Thank you for your posts, Parsifal; Good Luck....will miss your deep thought-provoking articles.

Renee A. (4)
Monday March 21, 2011, 5:17 am
Last year we virtually had no winter..(Canada) but this year Jan & Feb more than made up for it.I do agree that there seems to be a swing in climates all over .

Sybille Elisabe S. (0)
Monday March 21, 2011, 12:17 pm
I do believe that there is a longterm change of climate, but I think it is exaggerated to say that snowfalls are a thing of the past. If people as far back as Jefferson in 1809 observed warmer winters and yet, we had one of the coldest winters this year with more snow than I have seen for the last 15 years, I can't believe that things are as straightforward as that. Personally, I believe that on the whole there is a tendency towards a warming of the atmosphere, but like everything in nature, there are shorter rhythms as well like waves: one winter it is very mild, the next one is a little colder, the next one still a little colder, then we get a little snow, then more snow, then perhaps even more, and then, the following winter, we get less snow again, then even less, then the winters get milder and milder again, until one day the trend reverses again and we will eventually see heavy snow again. You may see what I am getting at.
I wouldn't be surprised if we got a really cold winter again next time round and then it got milder again year after year. And the point where we don't get any more snow at all will probably happen in two to three hundred years' time. So why do we worry about this aspect of the climate change. I am sure there are other things more significant that we should worry about...

Bruce Eyster (62)
Wednesday March 23, 2011, 11:58 am
Interesting share book and comments . I'm sitting here , in my apt. , in Brooklyn ; a few days into Spring and when I look up ,past my screen , I can see snow falling , through the window ! And it's odd , because just two days ago , people were out walking around in thier summer wear ! So , what does this mean , to me ? Well , it's apparent that everything is always changing and my life is bound by the very rules of nature , that allows me to exist . But there is one other aspect of nature , that , all of this , and that includes me ,is bound by and it's called time , also curtesy of nature . And because everything is bound by time , curtesy of nature , the very other things that are being tied , in this package of life are passing . There is movement happenig and this life is in motion , as well , and everything is changing . It's not a still picture . What I used to think about , when I was a little boy , and how I used to think is changing . It's not the same . There was a time when life was simple , all it required was to open my eyes in the morning and no matter what the weather was like , just didn't matter . There was a time when , the days were just happening , without anything but the desire , to be happy . I had something called a free spirit , and now , I lament about free time that I don't have . Once , everything was just born out of that , free spirit and things had to be done but it was not a problem . There was always time for fun . Where is the fun , the free spirit ? Now , we don't call it that , we call it freedom . Freedom is a word , used regardless of where or when , it is spoken . From the very rich to the very poor and in every country , the word freedom is being used . Freedom ; to be free in this life . To experience joy , not pain , to experience light , not the darkness . And this must happen in your life , otherwise you would have come and one day you will go and that ; going part , is one date you don't have to worry about missing . No appointment necessary ! That's what this package of nature is all about . People will try , try to overcome nature , in little ways but nature has overcome us many times . But in your life let there be peace , let there be joy , regardless . That free spirit is still there , no matter what you call it and no matter what your situation or finances are like . Everyone knows that desire to be free , to find peace , love or whatever you want to call it , it all means the same thing ; the desire to feel fulfilled , to be content , to enjoy the time we've been given , even in the midst of change . Man has proceeded to destroy an environment , that is perfectly designed , to sustain him , and he's destroyed it in the name of progress and with that same desire to feel fulfilled . I'm sure , as soon as we were able to speak , someone said : " The end is coming ! "And yet , here we are , in the twenty first century , still wondering about the why and the how of it all , losing that ability to make the time to have fun . It's not always easy to be simple enough , to enjoy yourself , is it ? And why is it ? What has happened, that keeps us from making sure we have fun ?

ParsifalOFFLINE S. (100)
Tuesday January 31, 2012, 3:08 am

related:
Forget global warming - Met Office releases new figures which show no warming in 15 years

ParsifalOFFLINE S. (100)
Tuesday January 31, 2012, 4:49 am

The article above is of January 29, 2012
On the same day this article in daily mail online was published:
Hotter summers 'may kill 5,900 every year', warns first national risk assessment of climate change


http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/ The above article "Forget Global Warming" quotes its source the Met office in UK - the Met Office is the only accredits "science (for sale) source (NWO source) accepted by the UNIPCC and it's infantrists protecting this weird religion of fear and indulgence.

Henriette Matthijssen (145)
Wednesday February 1, 2012, 3:06 pm
So easy to convince most of the sheeple all the time as thinking logically & sensibly is not a common attribute! Wow! What can I say. How many will wake up to this scheme & false belief that convinces most of the mass! Repeat the lies often enough & they become truth.

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