Last updated on August 6th, 2017 at 07:02 am
“Call it the Al Gore effect,” writes Deidre Woollard, “but lately I’m seeing eco-friendly everywhere.” If it was the genuine Gore Effect, Deidre, you’d be seeing cold weather everywhere. Speaking of which, Algeria is enjoying a surprise coldening:
The northerly wind flow about the western side of this storm has poured northern chill ashore in Algeria. Soaking rain and small hail (4 inches of rain at Jijel) has given way inland to snow along the heights of the eastern Atlas Mountains. Thursday morning, snow lay 6 inches deep at Jelfa, where the 35-mph wind made it feel as cold as 10 degrees.
Via Daniel F., who asks: “Is Al Gore in Algeria? Hmm … algore … algeria …” Hey, look what’s up in the freezy Arctic:
Barren and uninhabited, Hans Island is very hard to find on a map. Yet these days the Frisbee-shaped rock in the Arctic is much in demand — so much so that Canada and Denmark have both staked their claim to it with flags and warships. The reason: an international race for oil, fish, diamonds and shipping routes, accelerated by the impact of global warming on Earth’s frozen north …
Some see a lucrative silver lining of riches waiting to be snatched from the deep, and the prospect of timesaving sea lanes that could transform the shipping industry the way the Suez Canal did in the 19th century.
Speedier shipping times will help save the planet! There’s just no downside at all to this whole global warming thing.
UPDATE via Martin G. Further global warming goodness:
It is true that, for example, the temperature rise from global warming will probably cause 2,000 more heat deaths in the United Kingdom by 2080. Yet studies indicate that the same temperature increase will also decrease cold deaths – 20,000 fewer U.K. cold deaths by 2080.
Mentioning 2,000 more deaths, but not the 20,000 fewer cold deaths that go with them, is no basis for sound policy.
UPDATE II. Republican Senator James Inhofe to Al Gore: “It seems that everything is blamed on global warming. How come you guys never seem to notice when it gets cold?”
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