221 People Dead Due To Arctic Europe, Is Climate Change To Blame?
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221 People Dead Due To Arctic Europe, Is Climate Change To Blame?

As bitter winds sweep across Europe, weather experts wonder if climate change, brought about by a huge loss of sea ice could be the cause. A substantial loss of ice in the waters in the Barents and Kara Seas north of Russia could be the source of harsh icy winds which have enveloped Europe this week.

As bitter winds sweep across Europe, weather experts wonder if climate change, brought about by a huge loss of sea ice could be the cause.

A substantial loss of ice in the waters in the Barents and Kara Seas north of Russia could be the source of harsh icy winds which have enveloped Europe this week and claimed 221 lives. In the Ukraine, tents have been set up for the homeless to provide heat and food, after many street dwellers died due to the chill. It is the hardest hit area so far. 24 people are known to have died in Romania, and 17 more in Poland.

Many experts believe that complex wind patterns over northern Russia are being influenced by an anticyclone, defined by the United States' National Weather Service's glossary as "A large-scale circulation of winds around a central region of high atmospheric pressure, clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, anticlockwise in the Southern Hemisphere" and that this is what is responsible for the high pressure system in the area which is pushing cooled air from the Arctic and Siberia across Western Europe and the United Kingdom.

Professor Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute For Climate Impact Research states that the current conditions fit earlier predictions brought about by Vladimir Petoukhov’s computer models used to determine how the atmosphere responds to such changes in sea ice. He stated that "The ice-free areas of the ocean act like a heater as the water is warmer than the Arctic air above it. This favours the formation of a high-pressure system near the Barents Sea, which steers cold air into Europe."

The US National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Boulder, Colorado, has been monitoring the area for some time and had noted the stark decrease in sea ice in the area. They also note that air temperatures above the region have been somewhat warmer than usual as a result. Scientists at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research have confirmed the correlation between these occurrences and that of the high pressure system forming in the region. This creates a disturbance in the atmosphere overhead, which in turn alters wind patterns.

Dr Petoukhov reveals the importance of this week’s conditions by stating “There are complex interconnections in the climate system, and in the Barents-Kara Sea we might have discovered a powerful feedback mechanism.”

However Adam Scaife, a UK Climate Researcher, says that melting sea ice may not be the only thing influencing the weather. He offers that there is “a clear link between the current event and upper level winds” the computer model he is using also brings a similar result to that of the other researchers and scientists.

With so many factors at play here, can anyone really say what the ultimate cause is? Yes is the short answer, because all of the models and all of the research comes down to one thing. Climate Change. It is upon us and it is influencing our world.

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Comments (3)
Jan Bruin

Very nice to share this information with us, you wrote a nice article! But it is only really said news i think that so many people died.

Teresa

This is very tragic,so sad to know. We really can't stop it if it's phenomenon.

Manu Chhabra

Undoubtedly the climate is changing rapidly all over the world. This season at many places, the temperature has broken records of the past 25 years. The loss of so many lives is extremely tragic.

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