It has been observed that climate change is causing the clouds to move further north.
The latest research by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California San Diego-led team, proves that the clouds leftover from storms are shifting toward the north pole (as well as the south pole). As for the subtropical dry zones, they are undergoing expansion.
These changes have been occurring for the past generation or so. They are a result of the buildup of greenhouse gases due to man’s interventionist ways. It is all happening before our very eyes and we are unable to do anything about it thanks to the inherent laziness of humanity.
Clouds play a crucial role in the heating and cooling of the planet. While they ward off solar radiation, they also sometimes trap it. They are the most vital variable in the climate change equation.
The behavior of clouds shows us that we still have a lot to learn about climate change and the way the earth’s ecology handles the atmospheric transformations that occur every minute and every second. They are a source of uncertainty in the otherwise spot-on graphs made by climate scientists.
Satellite imaging of clouds has dogged the attempts of scientists to understand this thing called climate change. The scans made by satellites are not reliable in the final analysis.
Several trends and factors come in the mix and upset an otherwise clear and lucid report on the weather. The patterns shown by cloud formations between the 1980s and the 2000s show that they are shifting towards the poles.
This trend obviously leads to the conservation of heat and the lessening of a cooling effect. So global warming gets stimulated even more than usual which is indeed bad news. Satellite records show several external factors – both natural and unnatural – that have contributed to the warming of the planet earth.
The changes in cloud formations have matched the satellite records and show that all is not well on mother earth. The planet is headed towards a major catastrophe.
What we do today will have an effect tomorrow. The essential question we want to ask ourselves is whether we want to leave behind a better world for our progeny.
If this is so than we will have to clean up our act. Pollution and the rape of Nature will have to stop. At least, the cloud trends for the future don’t look good at all. Something must be done and fast if we are to survive as a species.
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The study titled "Evidence for Climate Change in the Satellite Cloud Record," got published on July 11 in the journal Nature. Researchers from University of California Riverside, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Colorado State University are co-authors. NOAA, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, and NASA supported the research.