It started snowing Sunday in Copenhagen, and is expected to snow every
day during the final week of the UN-sponsored summit on climate change.
Temperatures are expected to plummet to near record lows for this time
It isn't only in Denmark where the weather's been unseasonably chilly.
For the first time in 40 years, all of Canada is likely to have a white
Christmas, said Environment Canada's senior climatologist.
The U.S. Midwest is in a deep freeze. Last week 304 low temperature
records were set, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
It's summer in Australia, but it snowed in Melbourne last Thursday
(12/10). An iceberg 12 miles long and five miles wide is bearing down
on Australia, report scientists at the Australian Antarctic Division.
"Dr. (Neal) Young said an iceberg the size of B17B had not been seen so
far north since the days when 19th Century clipper ships plied the trade
route between Britain and Australia," reported the London Telegraph.
It's been chilly figuratively in Copenhagen, too. Negotiations on a new
global climate treaty to replace the Kyoto treaty have been suspended
because developing nations in Africa and Asia are unhappy with the
amount of wealth "rich" nations are willing to transfer to them to get
them to sign on.
Haunting the proceedings has been the specter of Climategate.
"Climategate" is the flap that followed publication on the Internet of
emails and documents which indicated leading climate scientists
manipulated data to show a warming the raw data did not, and then
destroyed the original data so other scientists couldn't check their
If you get all your news from the "mainstream" media, you may not have
heard of Climategate. Those few who've reported on it have been
assuring their readers and viewers it's no big deal.
Many scientists beg to differ.
"The Climategate emails are in my opinion the evidence of an intent to
deceive," Dutch climatologist Arthur Rorsch told the Telegraaf,
Amsterdam's leading newspaper, Sunday. "This is no longer genuine
"Should world climate change policy be based on a lie?" asked British
astrophysicist Piers Corbyn of his country's delegation to Copenhagen.
Dr. Philip Lloyd was a "coordinating lead author" for the UN's
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
"The process is so flawed it is tantamount to fraud," he wrote last
month. "As an authority, the IPCC should be assigned to the scrap heap
The Tiger Woods Index (TWI) suggests "Climategate" could morph into
"Warmageddon," despite the best efforts of journalists to tamp down the
Just about everyone has heard about the infidelities of golfer Tiger
Woods. They've been covered extensively by newspapers, radio and
The journalists who provide us with every salacious detail about Tiger
say they're doing it because we insist upon it.
"Sit down with a friend over lunch and try to have a conversation about
health care, climate change, financial regulation or Afghanistan without
straying at least once onto the oh-so-unimportant subject of Tiger
Woods' philandering," wrote Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson in
a column he devoted to Tiger Woods' philandering.
British blogger Richard North suspected journalists are more interested
in Tiger than is the general public. He created the TWI to test his
hypothesis. The TWI consists of the number of Web hits for a topic,
divided by the number of news stories on it. As of December 11, there
were 22,500,000 Web hits for "Tiger Woods," and 46,025 news stories, for
a TWI of 489.
"Climategate" had 28,400,000 Web hits, but only 2,930 stories, for a TWI
of 9,693, ten times that of "Afghanistan" (143,000,000 Web hits; 154,145
stories), which was in second place.
Despite the relative lack of coverage, recent opinion polls indicate
Climategate is resonating with people. In a CBS/New York Times poll
released Monday, just 37 percent of respondents said global warming
should be a "high priority," down from 52 percent in April of 2007. In
a Rasmussen poll released last week, 59 percent of respondents said it
was at least "somewhat likely" that climate scientists have fabricated
"The tide is turning on climate change," wrote the Irish journalist
Eilis O'Hanlon. "People stubbornly refuse to be terrified."