Arctic Sea Ice – back where it is supposed to be
Several news outlets are reporting on the recently released data that shows how arctic ice levels have returned to the same levels at which they were measured last year.
NEW evidence has cast doubt on claims that the world’s ice-caps are melting, it emerged last night.
Satellite data shows that concerns over the levels of sea ice may have been premature. …
It was feared that the polar caps were vanishing because of the effects
of global warming.
But figures from the
respected US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that
almost all the “lost” ice has come back.
Ice levels which had shrunk from 13million sq km in January 2007 to
just four million in October, are almost back to their original levels.
Figures show that there is nearly a third more ice in Antarctica than
is usual for the time of year.
Over the past year, many media sources, government departments, and environmental groups have spent countless hours and dollars holding the reduction in arctic ice levels up as "proof" of a tipping point having been reached in human-induced global climate change. They have used those claims as springboards to advance further claims about the need for drastic energy policy changes, the imposition of carbon taxes, the protection of new species under endangered species regulations, and many other so-called mitigation measures.
As this new data on the replenished arctic ice levels — along with the news that there is now "one third more ice in Antarctica than is usual for the time of year" — is released, many are beginning to wonder whether the over 400 so-called skeptical scientists that have published data or questioned the "consensus" view on global climate change are right to raise their questions. They are also wondering if the reports that measured decreases in magnetic activity on the sun might signal the beginning of a global cooling period should cause some to rethink the push to enact drastic policy measures aimed at stopping global warming.
It is worth it to review some of the information found in other sources that discusses the increases in Arctic sea ice. It looks like it may also be worth it to start asking more question of those who want to implement carbon dioxide and energy restrictions, as doing so is likely to cause serious and far-reaching economic, politcal, and social impacts.
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Last autumn the BBC and others could scarcely contain
their excitement in reporting that the Arctic ice was melting so fast
there would soon be none left.
Sea ice cover had
shrunk to the lowest level ever recorded. But for some reason the
warmists are less keen on the latest satellite findings, reported by
the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on the
website Cryosphere Today by the University of Illinois.
body is committed to warmist orthodoxy and contributes to the work of
the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Yet its graph of
northern hemisphere sea ice area, which shows the ice shrinking from
13,000 million sq km to just 4 million from the start of 2007 to
October, also shows it now almost back to 13 million sq km.
second graph, "Global Ice Area", shows a similar pattern repeated every
year since satellite records began in 1979; while a third, "Southern
Hemisphere Ice", shows that sea ice has actually expanded in recent
years, well above its 30-year mean.
Are the world’s ice caps melting because of climate change, or are
the reports just a lot of scare mongering by the advocates of the
global warming theory?
Scare mongering appears to be the case, according to reports
from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
that reveal that almost all the allegedly “lost” ice has come back. A
NOAA report shows that ice levels which had shrunk from 5 million
square miles in January 2007 to just 1.5 million square miles in
October, are almost back to their original levels.
Moreover, a Feb. 18 report in the London Daily Express showed
that there is nearly a third more ice in Antarctica than usual,
challenging the global warming crusaders and buttressing arguments of
skeptics who deny that the world is undergoing global warming.
The Daily express recalls the photograph of polar bears clinging
on to a melting iceberg which has been widely hailed as proof of the
need to fight climate change and has been used by former Vice President
Al Gore during his "Inconvenient Truth" lectures about mankind’s
alleged impact on the global climate.
Gore fails to mention that the photograph was taken in the month
of August when melting is normal. Or that the polar bear population has
soared in recent years.
As winter roars in across the Northern Hemisphere, Mother Nature seems to have joined the ranks of the skeptics.
The specific information many of these sites refer to is found on the University of Illinois’ Polar Research Group – Cryosphere website.