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You can't get away from the atmosphere in Northern Norway. The Aurora Borealis blazes until the rise of the Midnight Sun 1200 miles from the North Pole , whereupon the air over the University of Tromso starts to warm more avidly than in normal climes , because in the land of long shadows the sun shines through the atmosphere's thickness almost horizontally even at not-very-high noon, and the radiative loss of heat is just as thickly muffled.
The oblique light can give rise to amazing sights, like shadows with halos and triple images of the sun. Along long with these northern specters comes a parochial tendency to equate natural history in Ultima Thule with the way things ought to be throughout the world. The Rector Emeritus of Tromso's proudly self proclaimed Northernmost University shows this phenomenon at its most extreme.
Elsewhere in the world, global warming is as nearly impalpable as a plate glass window is invisible. Not at 70 North, where sunlight falls almost sideways through the air, To understand how this can be,
peer through the edge of a plate glass table top -- what seems colorless in thin section becomes brilliant green through the thickness from side to side Just as a minute trace of iron adds up into strong absorption in glass seen on edge, long arctic air paths amplify the trapping of infrared light by a little CO2, , and hinder its escape into space, until the invisibly trapped warmth becomes palpable, for long arctic light paths amplify the number of greenhouse molecules infra red quanta encounter
This gives rise to another paradox of transparency, as the regions anomalous atmospheric physics spill over into climate politics. That already hazy subject was rendered more opaque when, at the behest of Norway's Communitarian then President , the politically very active (and excruciatingly Politically Correct) President of the University experiencing global warming at its most extreme took over the Nobel Peace Prize Committee.
Here's some of what Ole Danbolt Mjoes has to say about how he directed the prize:
Speech given by The Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee - Ole Danbolt Mjøs
(Oslo, December 10, 2007)
Your Majesties, Your Royal Highness, Laureates, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen...,I congratulate the IPCC and Al Gore on this year's Peace Prize!
The Oxford Dictionary of Contemporary World History describes the Nobel Peace Prize as "the world's most prestigious prize"...Things which all the world's scientists are fully agreed on are few and far between. That is in the nature of research. But... Al Gore...has done most to prepare the ground for the political action...An Inconvenient Truth contains...advice on "what you personally can do...take up arms against tobacco... Where tobacco was concerned, too... No one is in any doubt any longer...We thank Al Gore for his great courage and unremitting struggle!
There was for a long time great doubt about whether global warming was man-made... Then there are those who doubt that there is any connection between the environment and ...a Nobel Prize for peace?...Today they no longer ask. The connection is now regarded as among the most "robust" in modern political science...Environmental problems certainly affect human security...
When low-lying areas are flooded ...Such cities as Quito, La Paz and Lima are affected .The wind that blows the sand off the Sahara sets people and camels moving towards... a breakdown of established codes of conduct... "a threat multiplier for instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world"... Our style is largely sober.
But...To ignore the challenge of global warming may be criminal. It certainly is disobeying God. It is sin. "
Former Next Laureate Gore, accepting, replied :
"We, the human species, are confronting a planetary emergency - a threat to the survival of our civilization... we have the ability to solve this crisis and avoid the worst - though not all - of its consequences, if we act boldly, decisively and quickly.
However...too many of the world's leaders are still best described in the words Winston Churchill applied to those who ignored Adolf Hitler's threat:
"They go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all powerful to be impotent."
So today, we dumped another 70 million tons of global-warming pollution into the thin shell of atmosphere surrounding our planet, as if it were an open sewer...trapping more and more heat from the sun.
...the consistent conclusion, restated with increasing alarm, is that something basic is wrong.
We are what is wrong."
Copyright 2007 The Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee.