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November 6, 2008

As the British House of Commons debated a climate change bill that pledged the United Kingdom to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 80 percent by 2050, London was hit by its first October snow since 1922.  Apparently Mother Nature wasn't paying attention.  The British people, however, are; a poll found that 60 percent of them doubt the claims that global warming is both man-made and urgent, says Investor's Business Daily.

Moreover, there is evidence of our cooling world everywhere, says IBD:

  • In October, the Swiss lowlands received the most snow for any October since records began; Zurich got 20 centimeters, breaking the record of 14 centimeters set in 1939.
  • In the United States, Ocala, Florida, experienced its second-lowest October temperature since 1850, October temperatures fell to record lows in Oregon and Boise, Idaho, got the earliest snow in its history.
  • In the Southern Hemisphere, Durban, South Africa, had its coldest September night in history in the middle of the month, some regions of the country had unusual late-winter snows and New Zealand's Mount Ruapehu had its largest snow base ever.
  • The International Arctic Research Center reported in October that there was 29 percent more Arctic sea ice this year than last.

None of this matters, of course, to the warming zealots.  It doesn't matter if it's too dry or too wet, too hot or too cold.  All of it is caused by global warming.  However, according to reputable scientists, the warming and cooling of the Earth is a natural phenomenon dictated by forces beyond our control, from ocean currents to solar activity. 

So there is no real need to panic, says IBD.  Our Earth is just experiencing what it has experienced for millions of years.  In fact, the latest warming trend appears to have ended in 1998.

Source: Editorial, "Alarmists Still Heated Even As World Cools," Investor's Business Daily, November 4, 2008.


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