It’s a good thing the “global warming” movement changed it’s name to the broader “climate change” because Chile suffered the coldest winter in 80 years. Arctic and Antarctic ice is spreading and Chilean fruit growers have lost millions of pounds of food. I’m suffering here in the USA, too, unable to buy nutritious blueberries from Chile and Argentina because of the freeze, forcing me to eat alternative food with antioxidents such as strawberries.
Estimates put the total damage to Chilean crops at $1 billion. Reuters reports that between 35 percent and 61 percent of stone fruit crops were damaged, 57 percent of almonds, 48 percent of kiwis and 20 percent of grapes. The U.S. imports about 42 percent of the country’s grapes….
“All throughout November, December and January, prices of peaches, nectarines and plums will be higher because there will be shortages,” said Cristián Allendes, president of the Federation Fruit Producers. ”There will be half the volume of a normal year, so it is impossible for them to cost the same.”
….September also brought with it record levels of arctic sea-ice coverage — only six years after the BBC reported that global warming would eliminate arctic sea ice by 2013.
Antarctica also experienced record levels of sea ice in September, with 7.51 million square miles surrounding the continent. This beat out the previous sea-ice coverage record, set in 2012.
Scientists in the US have presented one of the most dramatic forecasts yet for the disappearance of Arctic sea ice. Their latest modelling studies indicate northern polar waters could be ice-free in summers within just 5-6 years. Professor Wieslaw Maslowski told an American Geophysical Union meeting that previous projections had underestimated the processes now driving ice loss. Summer melting this year reduced the ice cover to 4.13 million sq km, the smallest ever extent in modern times.
Remarkably, this stunning low point was not even incorporated into the model runs of Professor Maslowski and his team, which used data sets from 1979 to 2004 to constrain their future projections.
“Our projection of 2013 for the removal of ice in summer is not accounting for the last two minima, in 2005 and 2007,” the researcher from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, explained to the BBC.
“So given that fact, you can argue that may be our projection of 2013 is already too conservative.”
Exposing the claims of junk scientists is much easier today than it was 30 years ago, thanks to the Internet. I hope that forces people to temper their enthusiasm but I’m not optimistic. The world will probably always be stuffed with quacks who dupe politicians and other gullible people.