It’s certainly not what officials had in mind when they curbed industrial pollutants called aerosols, but a new study suggests that doing so has had a big effect on Atlantic Ocean temperatures — and in the case of the U.S. can be linked to warming seas that fueled hurricanes like Katrina.
“When industrial pollution peaked over the Atlantic, this effect played a big role in cooling the ocean beneath,” Paul Halloran, a study co-author and ocean scientist with the British government’s Met Office weather service, said in a statement accompanying the study. “As pollution was cleaned up — for example after the clean air legislation of the ’90s — the seas warmed.”
So, how much and how often have we been lectured about how it was purportedly Global Warming–caused by polluting the atmosphere–that has strengthened hurricanes and what not? Now, a new study shows that it was actually the actions of environmentalists which have warmed the seas.
Chalk another one up to unintended consequences of environ-meddling. CFL bulbs will save the planet, they say, but the bulbs themselves contain dangerous levels of mercury. Oil pipelines will destroy herds of wildlife, they say, but in reality the wildlife huddle around the warm pipelines during cold winter days. Leave the underbrush alone for the sake of ground squirrels, they say, but in doing so they leave land, property and people more susceptible to damage and loss of life due to wildfire. Drilling platforms will eradicate aquatic life, they say, but we find out that the platforms have become almost like artificial reefs, teeming with fish and other critters.
I believe we’re winning the common sense war already against the global warming hacks, in part due to New Media, and in part due to the fact that the environ-meddlers cannot seem to get out of their own way. With such a mild winter, you’d have thought we would have never heard the end of the climate change tomfoolery, but it wasn’t as ever-present as I truly expected it would have been.
Keep your fingers crossed, folks, that cooler heads will prevail. That’s one kind of climactic change I could get behind.