The weather's been bad, but not that bad! or is it?
Today was so appalling that I didn't manage to get my camera out of it's bag for more than a few seconds, and then put it away again as the rain started coming down. I did catch up with some of the news of our environment and what the climate is doing. It is really hard to remember that we are in a time of climate change that means that the earth is warming to the extent that someone is attempting to canoe to the North Pole. Polar Bears are now at even greater risk, the melting ice means that they cannot travel the large distances they need to with out swimming huge distances. Meanwhile the State of Alaska, (yes with the Governor a Vice Presidential candidate) is suing the US Government for listing the Polar Bear as a threatened species, saying it harms oil and gas exploration in the state.
At the same time the warming of the oceans appears to be linked with the increased severity of hurricanes and tropical storms. The latest findings by James Elsner, a climatologist at Florida State University are published in Nature this week.