The storm clouds are gathering…
This photograph was taken on 9 December 2011, on a walk down the Dane Valley (in the Cheshire part of the UK’s Peak District National Park). For those who know the area, I took a wrong turn out of Lud’s Church and got a view I had not seen before. Thus proving that sometimes it is good to get lost – especially when the light is so intense; with the Sun behind you and low in the sky). More information about this photo/location etc., is abvailable on the Geograph website here.
Given that the La Nina effect is now waning; the Sun is about to enter a more active phase in its solar cycle, and the air pollution problems faced by less developing countries and emerging economies are likely to improve, whatever humanity does (and there is very little evidence that anything significant will be done), the next few years are likely to see a rapid acceleration in the rate of climate change.
But don’t take my word for it, this is what James Hansen et al at the Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS) are now saying will happen, as per this recent item on Skeptical Science website: NASA scientists expect more rapid global warming in the very near future.
I was going to say, “Live long and prosper” but, in the circumstances, it might be more appropriate to just wish you, “Good luck”!
However, being slightly more constructive, I shall instead implore you to… “Carpe diem!”, which is Latin for “Wake up and smell the coffee”!