An intense blizzard, appropriately named Hercules, is about to blanket the Northeast. Antarctic ice locked in a Russian ship containing a team of scientists—en route, no less, to do climate research. Record low temperatures have been seen in parts of the US, and in Winnipeg, temperatures on December 31 were as cold as temperatures on…Mars. So as is their seasonal wont, here come the climate skeptics. Exhibit A: “This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps, and our GW scientists are stuck in ice” — Donald Trump.
Who could have possibly predicted a powerful snowstorm could ever strike the Northeast in the middle of winter? Clearly, that kind of rare fluke event is far beyond the ability of mere climate researchers and weather experts to see coming — they’re all baffled — and therefore stands as more irrefutable proof that Global Warming has ended! The fact that winter up here is summer down under doesn’t count: Ignore the blistering 120 degree fueled drought laying waste to Australia this week and pay no attention to the funny man behind the curtain with the bad toupee.
Meanwhile, back in the real world:
Global average temperatures will rise at least 4°C by 2100 and potentially more than 8°C by 2200 if carbon dioxide emissions are not reduced according to new research published in Nature. … Previously, estimates of the sensitivity of global temperature to a doubling of carbon dioxide ranged from 1.5°C to 5°C. This new research takes away the lower end of climate sensitivity estimates, meaning that global average temperatures will increase by 3°C to 5°C with a doubling of carbon dioxide.