Greenland reaps benefits of global warming

Mar 30, 2013 Full story: The Independent 6

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PHD

Overton, TX

#1 Mar 31, 2013
Kim Ernst, the Danish chef of Roklubben restaurant, nestled by a frozen lake near a former Cold War-era US military base. "Every year we try new things," added Mr Ernst, who even managed to grow a handful of strawberries that he served to some surprised Scandinavian royals. "I came here in 1999 and no one would have dreamed of doing this. But now the summer days seem warmer, and longer."
So global warming is now a good thing.
SpaceBlues

Houston, TX

#2 Mar 31, 2013
Greenland will never become self-sufficient in fruits and vegetables or grains.

Stupid story.

Real story:

Increased short-term masking of greenhouse gas warming by fossil fuel particulate and nitrogen pollution is a "doubling down" of the Faustian bargain, an increase in the stakes. The more we allow the Faustian debt to build, the more unmanageable the eventual consequences will be. Yet globally there are plans to build more than 1000 coal-fired power plants24 and plans to develop some of the dirtiest oil sources on the planet25. These plans should be vigorously resisted. We are already in a deep hole -- it is time to stop digging.[James Hansen et al]
LessHypeMoreFact

Toronto, Canada

#3 Mar 31, 2013
Kind of clueless if you ask me. i.e. "There is evidence that the climate was warmer then.."

No. All serious science studies show that temperatures in the viking settlement period in greenland were pretty much what they were in the 19th century.

Kind of clueless if you ask me. i.e. "allowing Viking settlements to grow crops for five centuries before mysteriously dying out."

Vikings didn't 'grow crops'. They used livestock to convert grass (and there is a lot of coastal grasslands) to milk, meat, and cheese.

Nor did they have 'greenhouse' technology that the current Greenlanders are using to grow vegetables in a climate that is still unsuitable for natural farms.

Actually there is a lot of development in sub-Arctic climate these days on growing southern crops in greenhouses. Mainly because of the cost of importing vegetables by air or ship. And open land potatoe farming in some sheltered valleys in the Yukon are breaking even or better.

Meanwhile, the climate down south is losing a LOT more agricultural output to AGW than is being added by these projects.
SpaceBlues

Houston, TX

#4 Mar 31, 2013
Correct, more losses to crops than gains due to raging AGW/cc.

I don't understand the glamor of Greenland in some eyes. It's a vast ice and mud wildland. My Norvegian friends would tell how depressing are those long winter nights!
PHD

Montalba, TX

#5 Apr 1, 2013
More useless scientific science fiction from the two nohypelessfact and the spacedoutblues. Do you two get together and decide which on will embarrass their country by day or by the hour?

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#6 Oct 3, 2013
As one of scientists, researched the Arctic untold wealth, I should state that current Arctic boom is connected not only with this region's climate warming, which gives broad prospects for Arctic reserves' development now. The matter is that not even being permanent members of the Arctic Council, some countries are spoiling for recovery and exploitation of rich Arctic resources. Among them there is China, of course. Thanks to its growing financial strength China has got a real opportunity to take the lion's share of Arctic reserves now.
You see, ass-polishers from Brussels constantly bear great pressure upon governments of our Nordic nations in order to allow Beijing to take an active part in investing Arctic projects! Thanks to such efforts of EU bureaucrats China has recently got a chance to set up a joint Arctic research center in Shanghai, where it is at liberty to articulate its official Arctic strategy together with Danish, Icelandic and Norwegian institutions! Moreover, Shanghai-based Polar Research Institute of China funds this collaborative China-Nordic research center, which makes Beijing firmer in its polar ambitions! Thus, in fact, EU leaders agree to sell the Arctic to Chinese moneybags!
And although our Greenland's government, headed by A. Hammond, turns thumbs down such open-door policy of Brussels, as it leads to total loss of EU control over situation with Arctic exploitation, our colleagues from Stockholm (for instance, Neil John Melvin) continue to insist on "extreme necessity of Chinese financial aid in the Arctic development". And now the country, located almost 1,500 kilometers from the Arctic Circle, has become one of those countries granted permanent observer status at the Arctic Council! It allows (only think of it!) Beijing to take part in our debates regarding the further fate of the Arctic!
At this rate soon we, Europeans, will finally lose our influence in the Arctic region!

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