The belief that Europe and America will be hit least by climate change is in ruins. Yet all we do is try to profit from disaster
There are no comparisons to be made. This is not like war or plague or a stockmarket crash. We are ill-equipped, historically and psychologically, to understand it, which is one of the reasons why so many refuse to accept that it is happening.
What we are seeing, here and now, is the transformation of the atmospheric physics of this planet. Three weeks before the likely minimum, the melting of Arctic sea ice has already broken the record set in 2007. The daily rate of loss is now 50% higher than it was that year. The daily sense of loss – of the world we loved and knew – cannot be quantified so easily.
The Arctic has been warming roughly twice as quickly as the rest of the northern hemisphere. This is partly because climate breakdown there is self-perpetuating. As the ice melts, for example, exposing the darker sea beneath, heat that would previously have been reflected back into space is absorbed.
So George, what is the net difference considering arctic summer cloudiness, is there really an increase in insolation absorption? And how about the upwelling or outbound longwave radiation (OLR), is that increased or decreased from open water? What is the net change in global mean temperature from reduced arctic summer sea ice? Tell us more about this “disaster” George.