North Atlantic Gaia

The summer of 2012 has seen the crazily fast melting of Arctic sea ice.

The summer of 2012 has also seen the soggiest British summer in living memory.

How to get to work in flood-bound Britain.

The link between these two events has been demonstrated, and provides direct evidence of rapid global warming.  Nonetheless, this does not mean anyone is going to do anything to try and reduce anthropogenic outputs of carbon dioxide.

It might be useful, therefore, that one impact of the British flooding was the inability of anyone to drive anywhere.  Rather like the cessation of flights during the Eyjafjallajokull eruption, this was an Earth-atmosphere interaction that caused a fall in the use of internal combustion engines.

We're all going to need one of these.

Can we expect to see a negative feedback loop, then?  If increased global CO2 input leads to decreased Arctic sea ice, which in turn produces dismal western European summers, will this lead to reduced CO2 emissions, and an eventual cooling effect?

I doubt it, but it's an interesting experiment.