A remarkably frigid spring is putting the freeze on global warming from Russia to the UK and from Alaska to Florida.
The Russian International News Agency reports the exceptionally cold spring, even by Russian standards, is delaying the annual bird migration. The UK Guardian reports record cold temperatures killed thousands of newborn lambs throughout the British Isles. The Alaska Dispatch saluted residents with “Welcome to Spring!” while reporting temperatures remaining below zero and threatening longtime records. The Tampa Bay Times reported that an extended spell of frigid temperatures forced animal experts to rescue a South Florida manatee at a time when Floridians are usually basking on beach sands.
The Real Science climate blog noted a there were 30 times more cold temperature records set in the United States this week and warm temperature records.
NASA satellite instruments reported February 2013 temperatures that were approximately average compared to the past dozen years, a time period in which global temperatures have plateaued. Temperatures have plateaued even though annual global carbon dioxide emissions have risen by approximately one-third since the year 2000.