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The Chehakius Bee-Nugget
Does This Climate Change?
During the several very hot summers recently past there was a theory not infrequently ventilated that the climate in American cities had radically changed, and that hereafter very hot summers would follow each other without break. There was no escape.
IS THE EARTH GETTING WARMER?
That the earth is growing temporarily warmer is shown by the mountain glaciers. These are made by varying temperature and moisture to increase and diminish in size during periods of years that may be found to be more or less regular cycles, and a period of quite general decrease began about 45 years ago. This has continued, with many local interruptions, as in the case of Glacier Blanc, which advanced from 1889 to 1896. The latest report includes 90 glaciers in the Swiss Alps, in Norway, Greenland, the Caucasus, the Pamir, the North West United States, Western Canada. and Africa, and practically all are growing smaller. In the Savoy Alps and the Pyrenees small glaciers have quite disappeared.
Warmer winters are predicted by Major R. A. Marriott iu a little book on "The Change in the Climate,"' published by E. Marlborough and Co. In support of this view he cites the rapid reduction of the ice fringes at both Poles, and the gradual retreat of the glaciers of Switzerland.
The Walley Advertiser
The Arctic seems to be warming up. Reports from fishermen, seal hunters, and explorers who sail the seas about Spitsbergen and eastern Arctic all point to a radical change in climatic conditions, and hitherto unheard of high temperatures in that part of the earth’s surface.
Never before has so little ice been noted. One oceanographic expedition sailed as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes in ice-free waters.
The Townsville Daily Bulletin
Is it getting warmer at- the North Pole? From soundings and meteorological tests taken by the Soviet explorers who returned this week to Murmansk. Russia's- sole Ice-free Arctic port, it was concluded that near Polar temperatures are on an average six degrees higher than those registered by, Nansen. 40 years ago.
The Canberra Times
Dr. Hans Ahlman, a noted Swedish geophysicist, claimed that a mysterious warming is manifesting itself in the Arctic and if the major ice cap at Greenland should be reduced, the oceanic surfaces will rise to ''catastrophic proportions," inundating people living in lowlands along the shores.
Greenland's ice is melting and the ruins of medieval farmhouses hidden by ice for centuries have already been exposed. In Spitsbergen the mean annual temperature has risen by four degrees since 1912.
The Cairns Post
Dr. William S. Carlson, an Arctic expert, said to-night that the Polar icecaps were melting at an astonishing and unexplained rate and were threatening to swamp seaports by raising the ocean levels.
St. Petersburg Times
Col. Bernt Balchen, polar explorer and flier, is circulating a paper among polar specialists proposing that the ice pack is thinning and that the ocean at the North Pole may become an open sea within a decade or two.
Arctic specialist Bernt Balchen says a general warming trend over the North Pole is melting the polar ice cap and may produce an ice-free Arctic Ocean by the year 2000.
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