Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Climate Change (1989)

(1989) Dry Bones cartoon: climate change, global warming, greenhouse effect, winter, weather.
Today's Golden Oldie is a Dry Bones cartoon done 20 years ago in the winter of 1989.

I picked this cartoon because of the latest weather-related news which makes the threat of Global Warming seem as silly to us simple folk now, as it did back then in 1989.

A few samples:

from Ireland:

Freezing weather causes havoc on the roads

"Motorists have been urged to be extremely careful on the roads as the cold snap continues to make driving hazardous.
Further freezing conditions are forecast for tonight, with temperatures expected to dip to zero and more snowfalls expected.
Icy road surfaces today have resulted in cars skidding. Thousands of kilometres of local roads remain untreated and are extremely dangerous to drive on."

from Poland:

Poland reports 29 deaths in deep-freeze weather

"Warsaw - Twenty-nine people people have frozen to death throughout Poland during the weekend's bitter cold wave that has dropped temperatures to minus 20 degrees Celsius, police said Sunday in Warsaw. Most of the dead were homeless and alcohol-dependent men between 30 and 50 years of age. The latest deaths brought to 71 the number of people who have died in Poland from exposure since early December." -more

from Western Europe:

Eurostar passenger train services suspended over freezing weather

"Eurostar trains carrying passengers in the undersea Channel Tunnel between Britain and France will remain suspended on Sunday over concerns of freezing weather, the rail operator has said.
A total of five high-speed passenger trains broke down on Friday and Saturday as they entered the warmer tunnel from cold air outside, with condensation causing electricity failures. More than 2,000 passengers were trapped inside the tunnel for many hours."

from The United States:

Blizzard-like storm slams East; region snowed in

" WASHINGTON — A blizzard-like storm rocked the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Saturday, crippling travel across the region and leaving hundreds of thousands of customers without power.
Five deaths appeared to have been caused by the storm system, which stretched from the Carolinas north to New England and also spread into some Midwestern states. The 16 inches of snow that fell at Reagan National Airport outside Washington was the most ever recorded for a single December day, while about 16 inches had also fallen in Philadelphia.

from Canada:

Edmonton Registers Record-Low Cold Weather

" Edmonton, Alberta (AHN) - Edmonton registered on Sunday a record-high freezing temperature of minus 46.1 degree Celsius. It broke the old record of negative 36.1 degree set in 2008.
The extremely cold weather was logged 5 a.m. on Sunday at the Edmonton International Airport, according to Environment Canada meteorologist Pierre Lessard. If the wind chill is included in the measure, the recorded temperature was at minus 58.4 degree Celsius.
Edmonton's city center also broke its own record Sunday when it logged on Sunday a temperature of minus 36.5 degree Celsius at 8 a.m. It broke the previous Dec. 13 record of negative 32.8 degree Celsius set in 1882"

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