We have a climate denier like Trump in the White House just as the latest research shows us that Arctic sea ice is collapsing when it should be building…
As extraordinarily warm temperatures continue in the Arctic — temperatures tens of degrees Fahrenheit above normal for this time of year in some locations — Arctic sea ice, a key indicator of the overall state of this system, seems to be responding in kind.
It is kind of unbelievable: On Nov. 19, the extent of Arctic sea ice was nearly 1 million square kilometers lower (8.633 million vs 9.504 million) than it was on that date during the prior record low year of 2012, according to data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center. On Nov. 20, the gap widened further, with 8.625 million square kilometers in 2016 versus 9.632 million in 2012.
This is happening in a time of year when ice is supposed to be spreading across the polar ocean — yet instead, it is flat or even declining a little lately.
…we are in deep trouble on the climate front. We have passed tipping points that we will not be able to come back from which will radically and rapidly change the climate. We must be on a war footing in terms of research and radical policy shifts to start living with the consequences of a rapidly heating planet and all the challenges that adaptation demands.
A climate denier who thinks climate change is a Chinese Hoax is the diametric opposite of what we require.
Meanwhile, closer to home, ECan joins Christchurch City Council, Auckland City Council and Dunedin City Council in voting to oppose deep sea oil drilling – with all three of them rejecting lease block offers in the last fortnight.
Climate Change must be addressed in the 2017 election, it will be interesting to see what Gareth Morgan suggests as policy.