(News of the month December 2005).
Hot, Hot, Hot....or Cold, Cold, Cold?
Was 2005 a "blip" or a taste of things to come?
Between 25th December 2004 and 25th December 2005 the Northern Hemisphere experienced the hottest year on record and the second hottest since the records began in the 60's according to weather experts, it has been noted that July 2005 was the hottest year on record in Europe and temperatures were at 50 degrees C in Northern Africa for over a week, sea temperatures in the North have also been the warmest on record.
The Antarctic Ice Shelf is breaking up as Icebergs the size of Belgium are breaking away to sea at an alarming rate according to experts monitoring activity in this region, there have been more incidents of ice breakup in the last 5 years than any other time on record.
Our Planet experienced some of the strongest Hurricanes in recent times and the arrival of these Hurricanes were the earliest on record, especially in the USA where there was the earliest recorded hurricane in American history to hit USA shores in July 2005.
Globally it seems that their has been a general increase in storms and flooding over the last 50 years, the worst of which have been in the last 5 years.
Could the Tsunami in Asia be a result of these increases in activity? is the Planet fighting back? and more importantly are we going to accept that our activity on this planet could be something to do with all this?
Fires in Portugal and rest of Europe:
Dr Richard Dixon, director of WWF Scotland, has said that "In spite of warnings about cold spells, November 2005 in Scotland was yet another month with temperatures above average. 2005 is clearly on course to be another exceptional year." In spite of that, he said, the UK government appeared to be supporting president George Bush and undermining negotiations at the Montreal climate conference.
Compulsory carbon dioxide reduction targets are essential, said Dr Dixon: "Voluntary agreements won't work, and to have a deal on climate change that doesn't limit pollution is like a peace deal that lets everyone keep shooting.