Apparently, a TV weather presenter recently went off script and put the current extreme weather events into their climate change context (which many media reports are failing to do). Some excerpts:
We’re heading into the 329th consecutive month with the global temperature above the 20th century average.
This week, satellites measured the smallest area of Arctic sea ice coverage in recorded history. That’s 4,000,000 square kilometres of ice missing since the 1980s. Where did it go? That’s bigger than India! And it’s happening so quickly, some researchers are now forecasting a summer with no Arctic ice in the ocean within ten years. So instead of a bright white sheet reflecting sunlight back into space that means dark water sucking up even more heat, making it melt faster and faster.
Incidentally, the BBC just quoted ice scientist Peter Wadhams as saying that the increased absorption of the sun’s rays is “the equivalent of about 20 years of additional CO2 being added by man”.
The US National Snow and Ice Data Center has daily updates on the ongoing meltdown and some rather illustrative graphics.