“Over the weekend, the worldâ€™s northernmost weather station, located just 440 miles from the North Pole, warmed to 43 degrees Fahrenheit during whatâ€™s normally the coldest time of the year. Thatâ€™s about 60 degrees above average for February. The rising temperatures, caused by a â€œwarm air intrusion,â€ have left scientists in shock. Sea ice in the region is also at its lowest level on record.”
See Arctic temperatures are so high theyâ€™re shocking scientistsThe Arctic has exported its severe winter weather over much of the northern hemisphere leaving warm air in its place. So, we’re getting winter after winter that are very mild and the polar bears have less ice for feeding.
Temporarily, this is not a bad thing for me. I hate winter but it’s a necessary part of life in Canada. Trees get to sleep on stored energy for a burst of new growth in the summer. Wolves and coyotes get to catch deer in deep snow. Drier prairies accumulate snow for starting the next crop. All of that is in jeopardy if the weather warms much more. Temporarily, my most tender trees get to survive winter and more deer will survive but are droughts on the way? What other bad news will global warming give us?
It’s time to arrest the criminal dumping of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels. It’s time to use renewable energy so the biosphere can have some stability. It’s time to drive electric and invest in solar, wind, geothermal and tidal/wave energy, stuff that will last millenia with fewer side-effects.