Do You Still Recall Your Last Summer

by Einar Du Rietz

Soon Enough

Reading weather forecasts this season has been like reading horoscopes in tabloids; you can be certain that it will be the reverse.

The only time so far, when the prediction really was correct was when CFACT Europe President Holger Thuss and I visited the Imperial Funeral in Vienna. The papers said it should be 30 plus Celsius. It was. The event became memorable in more than one way, considering the funeral attires we were wearing.

Now, in the high season, apart from the obvious focus on the tragedy in Norway and the US economy, the occasional, but usual comment surfaces in the media, pointing out that it’s – aha – global warming.

Meteorology is apparently not a science to be trusted for what to wear tomorrow, and we all know that. But for the general discussion, this also shows that the long term historic perspective is essential if we want to grasp the climate change debate.

The general summer plague of algae blooming is on again in the Baltic. Say some experts. According to others, it’s a lot better than earlier

Your memory from last summer is probably as clouded as mine. Either you remember the water temperature, the sun, the rain, because you were by the water, or even sailing. Or maybe you had a love affair and remember everything as sunny. Or was stuck in your office, with AC and mineral water as your only postcard.

For mor information on both the Vienna Funeral and historic research visit the same site you are on: cfact.eu.

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About the Author: Einar Du Rietz

Einar Du Rietz is a journalist and communications consultant based in Europe. He has authored several environmental reports for the Electrolux Group and written many blogs for the Center for the New Europe at CNE Environment.