Monday, January 04, 2010

Freezing Temperatures in Peru Blamed on Global Warming

Its amusing watching the Branch Carbonians twist themselves into pretzels in order to explain the non-warming of the earth. Now we read about how Peru's 'mountain people' must deal with freezing temperatures:

Climate change is bringing freezing temperatures to poor villages where families have long existed on the margins of survival. Now some must choose whether to save the animals that give them a living, or their children

The few hundred people who live here are hardened to poverty and months of sub-zero temperatures during the long winter. But, for the fourth year running, the cold came early. First their animals and now their children are dying and in such escalating numbers that many fear that life in the village may be rapidly approaching an end.
In a world growing ever hotter, Huancavelica is an anomaly. These communities, living at the edge of what is possible, face extinction because of increasingly cold conditions in their own microclimate, which may have been altered by the rapid melting of the glaciers.

Am I reading this correctly? The mountain people have 'increasing cold conditions' caused by 'rapid melting of glaciers'? If the glaciers are melting, then their microclimate must be warmer, not colder.

And furthermore, have you ever been on a warm mountain? Unless its an active volcano, mountains tend to be cold, no matter how much CO2 my Nissan spews this year.

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