Not warming, but cooling
Perhaps this explains why Russian and Chinese sovereign funds have been buying up millions of acres of food-growing land in the tropics. Global cooling starts in the north, where the world's current food surplus arises. We in the West have our eye on the wrong ball.
So writes Peter Taylor, an advisor to the British Government and UN agencies, in Bristol's Western Daily Express. In an article that looks well-timed for the weather in Britain today, Taylor confirms that the warming thesis is now under considerable scientific debate.
In the years since the first commitment to the global warming computer projections, other climate specialists studying natural cycles, that were initially ignored, are seeing their theories proven right.
They argue that several poorly understood ocean cycles have all peaked at the same time. Such warm peaks have happened before. In the Arctic, for example, a heatwave between 1920-1940 was comparable to today though less summer ice was lost.
Oceanographers explain that warm currents flowing into the Arctic from the northern Pacific and Atlantic have caused the ice-loss and that this cycle has now ended. Already in 2008 there was nine per cent more summer ice than in 2007.
The key question now is – what will the cycles do next?
Warm conditions in the Pacific (known as El Nino) have been replaced by cold waters (La Nina) extensive enough to depress global temperatures.
There is also the question of sunspots and frost fairs on the Thames, which we wrote about a year ago and to which Taylor refers.
Thanks to Idris Francis for the link.