Finland Is Worried That It Is Nearly As Warm As 1939!
Written by Paul Homewood
From the Guardian, via Yahoo: Finland, the new chair of the Arctic council, has appealed to climate change scientists to fight the threat of the US and Russia tearing up commitments to combat global warming.
The Nordic country takes up the two-year chairmanship of the body, increasingly a forum where arguments about climate change play out, at a ministerial meeting on Thursday in Fairbanks, Alaska, where the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, will represent the Trump administration.
The meeting is due to set targets to reduce black carbon in the Arctic, a pollutant that traps atmospheric heat, but comes amid fears the US is poised to downgrade its commitments made at the 2015 Paris conference on climate change.
Harri Mäki-Reinikka, the Finnish ambassador for northern policies, called for the Paris treaty to be respected.
“We hope there will be no deals over the heads of others – these are very global issues. Arctic conditions are changing. If the temperatures are two degrees higher globally that can be four degrees higher, or even six degrees in the Arctic,” he said.
“What is even more worrying is that ice and snow are melting faster than we estimated, and that will change the composition of the waters and even the sea level might be rising. If we have two countries, Russia and the US, not sharing the view that climate change is happening or is manmade or how much it is manmade, it is very difficult to proceed.”
Mäki-Reinikka said “a month ago Putin said climate change is not man made” but recent reports of bubbles of methane gas forming in Siberia, potentially putting more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, could mean “a vicious circle of climate change and global warming will be faster, and the Paris climate change agreements will need to be stronger”.
Finland only has one long running GHCN station in the Arctic Circle, the small town of Sodankyla. As we keep on finding around the Arctic, temperatures there were just as high in the 1930s as they are now.
As for sea levels, they are actually falling in that part of the world:
As with all such bodies, the Arctic Council is no more than an excuse for bureaucrats and junk scientists to enjoy well paid jobs that enable them to pretend they are doing something important, instead of having to work for a living.
PS Maybe I’m being a bit thick, but can anybody explain to me how black carbon can “trap atmospheric heat”?
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