Time Magazine: Arctic Nearing ‘Point Of No Return’

Written by Thomas D Willams PhD

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Climate alarmists continue to seek new vocabulary to express the apocalyptic urgency of their cause, with Time magazine now declaring that the Arctic is nearing a “point of no return,” thanks to global warming.

The latest omens of Earth’s demise have taken the form of “extreme weather events” experienced over the past two months in the globe’s far northern regions.

“Plumes of smoke have been picked up by satellites from wildfires across Alaska and Siberia and Greenland has experienced rapid ice loss as usually frigid regions have experienced heatwaves and record temperatures,” Time‘s Jasmine Aguilera laments.

Aguilera takes for granted that these extreme weather events are “caused by climate change,” since Timereaders apparently believe that there were no floods, forest fires, hurricanes, droughts, tornadoes, tidal waves, or monsoons prior to the Industrial Revolution.

Not only is anthropogenic climate change to blame for all our weather woes, Aguilera notes, but once it warms, the Arctic can never cool again (despite the fact that the Earth has already experienced five or six major Ice Ages in the past with no help from ‘fossil fuels’).

“The basic chemistry and the basic physics of how the atmosphere absorbs heat — there’s no path where you can imagine that the Arctic is going to start to cool off again,” said Brian Brettschneider, a climatologist at the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

“Cold air has to come from somewhere, cold air doesn’t just magically appear, and that somewhere has to be accounted for in the entire energy balance of the Earth. Right now, the whole Earth has just warmed up,” Brettschneider said. “It would take a dramatic reversal of the chemical composition of the atmosphere.”

Brettschneider is not the only one to suggest that the Arctic may soon be unsalvageable. Meteorologist Eric Holthaus agrees that the Arctic is nearing a point of no return, Aguilera writes, “as the global temperature increases closer to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial era levels.”

“We haven’t crossed any major irreversible tipping points yet, but for each tenth of a degree that we get closer to 1.5 [degrees Celsius], it’s sort of like time’s running out,” Holthaus said. “We’re already there in some places where the ice just doesn’t exist in the times and places that it used to. That’s a permanent change effectively to those parts of the Arctic.”

“What’s special about the Arctic is that there really is an on and off switch,” Holthaus said. “Once the ice is gone, it really changes things dramatically, and that’s the process that we’re starting to see play out.”

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    Matt

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    “Cold air has to come from somewhere, cold air doesn’t just magically appear, and that somewhere has to be accounted for in the entire energy balance of the Earth. Right now, the whole Earth has just warmed up,” Brettschneider said. “It would take a dramatic reversal of the chemical composition of the atmosphere.”

    These people do not use ovens for food preparation or boil water for a cuppa because the tipping point is so inexorably near but instead freeze meat etcetera to kill bacteria and eat it frozen.
    I should not mock belief systems disguising the instinct to survive manifested as greed and the deflection of science. These people are evil criminals in our homes.

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    jerry krause

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    Hi Thomas and Matt.

    Good article and Good Comment. A lot of quotes of what other people are ‘thinking’.

    But, Matt, do you really believe that life’s instinct to survive is solely motivated by greed?

    Certainly it can be observed that many people do wrong things because they are motivated by greed. Others do (think) wrong things because they do not know better. You (Matt and Thomas) did not get paid one penny for taking the time and making the effort to write that which you wrote. Therefore, by the usual definition of greed, you could not be accused of being greedy. Being greedy is evil. Volunteering to try to inform people so they can make better decisions is good.

    Have a good day, Jerry

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      matt

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      Hi Jerry Krause.

      do you really believe that life’s instinct to survive is solely motivated by greed?

      No Jerry. I merely said greed is one of life’s “instinct to survive” less glorious manifestations in some. There are many generous and noble people with a healthy instinct to survive. They do not practice avarice by sacrificing others.
      Best wishes
      Matt

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        jerry krause

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        Hi Matt,

        Glad we agree on this.

        Have a good day, Jerry

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