Annals of Global Warming

Al Gore, where are you?

Slovenia with record low temperature -49

Slovenian Media have reported recommendations of the meteorological institute of Germany, which alarms over the risks of having piercings – the metal earrings on people’s body could cause dangerous freezing.

No metal objects attached to the body should be worn, warns the media, for people who must venture outside. For everyone else, Slovenian media urges its citizens to stay in their homes.

Plus: that reliable purveyor of responsible news, Pravada, warns about a "new ice age":

The earth is now on the brink of entering another Ice Age, according to a large and compelling body of evidence from within the field of climate science. Many sources of data which provide our knowledge base of long-term climate change indicate that the warm, twelve thousand year-long Holocene period will rather soon be coming to an end, and then the earth will return to Ice Age conditions for the next 100,000 years.

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Of course, the idea that we may be entering a new ice age is hardly news. Newsweek trumpeted the idea in 1975 with a scare-mongering article warning that there were "ominous signs" that weather patterns were changing and that a "drop in food output" could presage "catastrophic" famines "quite soon."

Is there a cycle in climate hysteria that requires nutters to oscillate between proclaiming that the world is getting too hot and proclaiming that, on the contrary, it is getting too cold? And if you are a paid-up climate hysteric, how do you know which side to champion on a given day? Back in 1975, Newsweek wrung its hands that "Climatologists are pessimistic that political leaders will take any positive action to compensate for the climate change, or even to allay its effects." What sort of action? Well, there were proposals to melt the arctic ice cap by covering it with black soot, for example. Why didn't political leaders act then to save the earth? Was that because they sensed that, a couple years down the line, the same people that were shouting that ice was about to engulf the world would be screaming that the polar ice caps were melting? Who knows. Someone should ask Al Gore.