In light of news that the sun may be heading into a quiet period like the Maunder Minimum from 1645-1715, it is time to revisit a blog entry from last year.
“Climate is what you expect. Weather is what you get.”
That famous quotation from science fiction great Robert A. Heinlein captures the difficulty climate scientists have when trying to share the science behind global warming to the general public through the media.
The military services can’t afford an ideological interpretation of climate change data. It has to be prepared for whatever comes our way, such as a very different Arctic environment including ice-free shipping lanes.