An iceberg melts off Ammassalik Island in Greenland in July 2007

(Click to see the picture in its original context and read the article referred to in our post.)

More than 2 trillion tons of land ice in Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska have melted between 2003 and 2008 according to NASA satellite data, so starts an article published at the end of last year by the China Daily. When the China Daily starts writing about global warming it is time to sit up and take notice. In 2008, China officially overtook the US as the world’s biggest CO2 emitter. However, recent research shows that about a third of all Chinese CO2 emissions are the result of producing goods for export. It seems that as the West abandoned its own manufacturing facilities it ‘exported’ much of its CO2 emissions to China. Here factories and power stations are less efficient and generate more CO2 than the Western industrial facilities they have replaced. But that is not all, once manufactured the Chinese goods have to be shipped to the US and Europe, and their transport generates still more CO2.

Whatever your views on the causes of climate change, it is difficult to deny that traditional weather patterns have broken up. The weather is becoming both more unpredictable and more extreme. Yesterday, a brief but violent thunderstorm hit the city in Poland where I spend much of my time. A thunderbolt hit a nearby power line. My ancient i-Mac survived, but the ADSL modem / router which connects it to the outside world ended up looking like a fried egg. The moral of the story is that it is not sufficient to fit spike suppressor fitted  mains power extension sockets, it is important to route your phone line through a spike suppressor as well.


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