The year Canada lost its winter
The Winter Olympics is over. Many records were set, and all were celebrated, except one, which should be dreaded. Vancouver had the warmest and driest winter on record, as did the rest of Canada. In fact, the Canadian winter, already dubbed “the winter that wasn’t”, was warmer by an average of 4C/6.5F above the previous record average, and in the far north, more than +6C/9.6F, which is staggering. So, while Vancouver had to truck in snow for the skiing events, Newfoundland had no sea ice at all for the first time in history, causing thousands of baby Harp seals to be drowned at birth.
“It’s beyond shocking,” said David Phillips, a senior climatologist with Environment Canada. “Records have been shattered from coast to coast to coast. I’ve seen nothing like it in my 40 years of weather watching. It’s like winter was canceled in this country.” This may have set the stage for potentially “horrific” water shortages, insect infestations and wildfires this summer.
As more Arctic sea ice melts off, more solar heat will be retained by the Arctic Ocean and less reflected by ice. With less ice to melt year by year, less retained solar heat will be “latent” (going into melting the ice without raising the temperature) and more will be “sensible” (going into temperature raising). And when the Arctic sea ice disappears altogether, all retained solar heat will be sensible, and the global temperature will skyrocket. This could start to happen as early as 2013.
When this begins to happen, an even greater threat will emerge, in form of methane being released in copious quantities into the atmosphere from the rapidly melting permafrost. By then, the “Methane Time-Bomb” can be said to be detonated. The M-Bomb is a “slow bomb”, which will take decades to explode and spend, but once detonated, it will be inexorable, and when all is said and done, millions of species will have fallen extinct, possibly including our own.
President Obama’s only fight is in health care, while the West Virginia mountaintops continue being removed for more and more coal, and the Athabasca watershed in Alberta is being turned into one gigantic carcinogen by the filthy tar sands mines. This is short-sighted in the extreme, Mr. President, and Prime Minister Harper, and not worthy of the requisite intelligence of the Canadian Prime Ministry and American Presidency.
The only thing worse would be Sarah Palin for 2012.
Homo Sapiens! SAVE YOUR EARTH!!
Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
604-222-1169 up to March 31
216-386-7362 as of April 1