Some Tuesday Thoughts

Some articles over the past few days on Climate Change.

First, thoughts on the ongoing heat wave in central Europe from Deutche Welle  stating their understanding that climate change has arrived in Central Europe. Jen Thurau the author states  – ” Climate change exists, and not just for the small island states in the Pacific Ocean destined to be submerged.”

Jens ThurauThe Scotsman newspaper has also commented on the central European summer. In their view the drought and the high temperatures have left boats high and dry on the Danube.danube

Some traction perhaps but then there is the GoP and their protracted search for a presidential candidate.

To begin with their “war on science” as reported in the New Yorker.Kolbert-GOP-Congressmen-Abandon-Earth-Science-690

Secondly there’s he ever voluble Trump and his twittering nonsense.

And thirdly a new one on me Governor of Ohio, John Kasich who seems to think it is all just a bizarre theory.KasichMTP-1024x694

But coming in at number four – one up to the Boston Globe with an op ed piece on coal and President Obama.

clean powerThere’s hope in them there hills after all.

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My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

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