Local and national records continue to be set as the UK remains firmly in the grip of exceptional weather. Last night Northern Ireland had its coldest night since records began in the 1800’s, the BBC reported.
A snow blower clears snow from the airfield at Berlin’s Schoenefeld airport. (AP- Hurriyet Daily)
George Monbiot at The Guardian is trying to persuade the Brits that even though their water pipes are frozen –
global warming climate change is REAL, gosh darnit.
Unusually cold winters may make you think scientists have got it all wrong. But the data reveal a chilling truth
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There were two silent calls, followed by a message left on my voicemail. She had a soft, gentle voice and a mid-Wales accent. “You are a liar, Mr Monbiot. You and James Hansen and all your lying colleagues. I’m going to make you pay back the money my son gave to your causes. It’s minus 18C and my pipes have frozen. You liar. Is this your global warming?” She’s not going to like the answer, and nor are you. It may be yes.
There is now strong evidence to suggest that the unusually cold winters of the last two years in the UK are the result of heating elsewhere. With the help of the severe weather analyst John Mason and the Climate Science Rapid Response Team, I’ve been through as much of the scientific literature as I can lay hands on (see my website for the references). Here’s what seems to be happening.
Someone really needs to mash George’s face in the snow.