Wednesday, 9 August 2017

The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

Bored to Death

The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consulate, at Bergen, Norway

Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone.  Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes.

Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm.  Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared.

Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds.  Within a few years it is predicted that due to the ice melt the sea will rise and make most coastal cities uninhabitable.

The above was from the Monthly Weather Review in November 1922

[Note: these predictions could have been taken out of any newspaper, or read on any news programme over the last decade and seemed entirely "up-to-date"--or "out-of-date" depending upon your perspective. But at least back then they did not have to put up with Doomsday Prophet, Al Gore or the apocalyptic media frenzy of our day. Ed.]

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