The heat waves in Europe and in Russia that are cited in this article are both known to have been caused by a group based in Germany who are conducting a foolish cloudbusting program in Algeria in an ill-informed attempt at "desert-greening". It was these bunglers who moved a hot desert air mass northward on both occasions, and no amount of restrictions on carbon emissions from combustion could have prevented the heat waves that they caused.
The several instances of extreme cold that the article also mentions are in several cases known to me to be due to other people who are trying to counter the "global warming" they have read about in the media by using cloudbusters to draw down colder air masses from the north in wintertime.
The mechanistic scientists who do not know about cloudbusters cannot be reasonably faulted for drawing the wrong conclusions from their wrong understanding of atmospheric functioning, but those who are aware of the enormous ability of the simple inexpensive device invented by Wilhelm Reich to alter weather over vast areas should recognize the effects of somebody cloudbusting when they see these media reports of "global warming" claimed to be caused by "greenhouse gases".
UN weather agency: scorching heat soon routine
The WMO was due on Wednesday to release details on the last decade's global temperatures, but Asrar said it was the warmest on record.
Scientists say the warming trend is caused mainly by industrial pollution accumulating in the atmosphere and trapping heat. Negotiations conducted under U.N. auspices have been trying to find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to keep temperatures from rising to levels likely to have disastrous consequences.
While it is difficult to attribute any single weather event to climate change, extreme events are becoming more common. Judging by the current trend, the unprecedented heat wave that scorched Europe in 2003 and Russia this July will seem cool by the end of the century, Asrar said.
"There is no question the past three decades have become progressively warmer," he said. "We are on an upward trajectory."
Although climate science is still evolving and learning from current patterns, Asrar said government planners should plan for a warming world.
In 2003 an estimated 35,000 to 40,000 people died from heat-related ailments or incidents, in the hottest summer since 1540. Russia's summer this year was the warmest this century and ignited peat fires in the forests around Moscow that suffocated the capital for weeks. Temperatures soared into the 30s Celsius (90s F) in normally chilly Siberia.
This year witnessed freakish weather, both heat and extreme cold, the WMO said. Records for low temperature were shattered in hundreds of U.S. locations, and heavy snowfall disrupted air and road traffic in Europe, the U.S. and China. Pakistan suffered floods that killed 1,700 people and displaced 20 million people. China also had unusually high temperatures, floods and landslides.
Negotiators at the two-week Cancun conference have a limited agenda of agreeing on the first steps to help poor countries deal with changes in climate and develop their economies in low-carbon ways. A key issue is to create a body to govern and distribute $100 billion dollars in climate aid for poor countries by 2020.
Delegates agreed at the last climate summit in Copenhagen last December to funnel $30 billion over the coming three years for "fast track" financing for poor countries who need immediate help. Projects include coastal management against ocean surges, help for small scale farmers whose traditional crops are ruined by changing weather patterns and to governments to help them plan for low-carbon growth.
The European Union said Tuesday it has mobilized euro2.2 billion ($2.9 billion ) this year, and is on track to meet its pledge of euro7.2 billion over three years in "fast track" financing. U.S. delegate Jonathan Pershing said Monday Washington has allocated $1.7 billion for 2010.