Previewing floods, droughts, heat waves and rising sea levels, a U.N. panel of climate scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research warned that the global warming and the melting of sea ice could actually bring harsher winters over Europe and northern Asia.
Anomalies in atmospheric airstreams could trigger the overall cooling, says Vladimir Petoukhov, the lead author of the study published on Tuesday.
“These anomalies could triple the probability of cold winter extremes in Europe and northern Asia,” he said. “Recent severe winters like last year’s or the one of 2005/06 do not conflict with the global warming picture but rather supplement it.”
“This is not what one would expect,” Petoukhov said. “Whoever thinks that the shrinking of some far away sea ice won’t bother him could be wrong.”
The author studied the air currents over the Barents-Kara sea, which appears to bring cold winter winds to Europe. The study is suggestively called “A link between reduced Barents-Kara sea ice and cold winter extremes over northern continents.”
A “green fund” is already being set up to meet the issues that will evolve around the climate change and the impact it will have on poor countries. Representatives from almost 200 countries will meet in Mexico from November 29 to December 10 to discuss the possibilities of raising such a fund.