March 15, 2009

Steve's Amazing Adventure

from Climate Audit

...It was fairly mild in Toronto when I left – about 5 deg C highs. Before I left, I learned that, presumably as a result of global warming, daily highs were about 33 deg C in Bangkok. Naturally, I was extremely worried about whether I could adapt to a 28 deg C change in temperature in only 36 hours. Should I acclimatize myself in 1 deg C intervals? If I tried to adjust to a 28 deg C change all at once, wouldn't I be at the same sort of risk as a diver decompressing too fast? Wouldn't it be safer to acclimatize to each 1 deg C change in temperature for a week or so, before trying to scale Everest, so to speak? My son assured me that it was quite safe and that other brave adventurers had adapted to sudden climate change in the past. I was unconvinced but set off anyway.

After a few days, I am happy to report that I have managed to adapt to this sudden climate change. I was strangely fatigued for a few days. Bangkok time is 11 hours different than Toronto and I understand that this fatigue phenomenon has been termed “jet lag” by researchers unfamiliar with the many ways in which climate change can manifest itself, but that the most recent research either Nature or Science in press - I'm not sure which) has demonstrated that it is really a form of “sudden climate change syndrome”.

I was also concerned about the effect of global warming on Thailand since my last visit in 1968. The projected temperature in Thailand for my arrival was already far higher than Hansen's projected temperature for Toronto under doubled CO2. Perhaps Bangkok had been overrun by dinosaurs and other Cretaceous monsters since my last visit. It turned out that Bangkok had indeed been overrun, but by Toyotas, Hondas and air conditioners. If you want to drive across the city, you'd better allow a couple of days...

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