15 Dec 2008, 12:44pm
Climate and Weather
by admin

Winter Madness

Regular programing has been suspended as the local TV stations carry nothing but minute-by-minute reports on the snow and ice. The latest arctic blast is setting records for cold and snow in Oregon, Texas, Louisiana, New England, Canada, Old England, and much of the rest of Europe.

Which is not surprising considering that 2008 has been the coldest year globally since at least 2000 [here]. Summer was the nicest day we had all year.

Part of the problem is the PDO shift, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, that has moved into the “cool phase” [here]. That oceanic slosh has apparently cooled the entire planet down to global temperatures not seen since the 1970’s. Another possible downward driver is the quiescent sun [here]. Of course, if you follow these things, you know the planet has been cooling since 1998 [here].

All that didn’t stop notable climate hysteric Al Gore from predicting last week in Germany that the entire Arctic polar ice cap will disappear in five years [here]. However, all indications are that Antarctic continental ice and sea ice at both poles are growing [here].

That’s right, sports fans. The poles are not melting. Shocking but true.

Of course, even if all the sea ice in the world melted, it would not change sea levels one iota because floating ice displaces exactly its water volume. Those of you dear readers who took high school physics know that water is denser than ice, which is why ice floats [here]. Ice is about 9% less dense than water, which causes 91% of the ice to be submerged while just the tip of the iceberg sticks out above the water. When the ice melts and turns to water, it gets 9% denser and none of it sticks out. The water level does not change.

Global sea levels have been increasing since the last Ice Age began dissipating about 14,000 years ago. Massive continental ice sheets in Canada and Eurasia melted and raised sea levels about 100 meters. But the rapid rise ended about 7,000 years ago and there has been little or no sea level change for the last 2,000 years [here].

That’s right, sports fans. Sea levels are not rising. Shocking but true.

Despite all the BS you have been fed about global warming, it ain’t happening. Atmospheric carbon dioxide may be increasing, but the globe is not getting warmer. In fact, it’s getting colder. Note the record low temperatures, snow, ice, etc. outside. Don’t let the propaganda confuse your senses. What you see is what’s real. Atmospheric carbon dioxide is not warming the planet. Ergo, that theory is wrong.

The new Pres and Vice Pres have drunk the propaganda kool aid, however. They are fawning admirers of Al Gore and climate hysteria. Obama has gone so far as to reappoint (since when does no change equal change?) criminal eco-crazy Carol Browner as Climate Czar (since when did the USA have czars?). From the redoubtable Michelle Malkin [here]:

Yet another Clintonite has been wheeled out of the political morgue to serve in the Obama administration. Carol Browner, a neon-green radical who headed the Environmental Protection Agency from 1993-2000, is widely rumored to be the president-elect’s choice for “energy czar.” But an ethical cloud still hangs over Browner’s EPA legacy. …

On her last day in office, nearly eight years ago, Browner oversaw the destruction of agency computer files in brazen violation of a federal judge’s order requiring the agency to preserve its records. This from a public official who bragged about her tenure: “One of the things I’m the proudest of at EPA is the work we’ve done to expand the public’s right to know.” …

Not coincidentally, Landmark Legal Foundation had been pressing Browner to fully and publicly disclose the names of any special interest groups that may have influenced her wave of last-minute regulatory actions. Two days before she told her technician to purge all her records, EPA had gone to court to file a motion opposing the federal court injunction protecting those government documents. …

Incredibly, Browner asserted that there was no work-related material on her work computer. She explained she was merely cleaning the hard drive of computer games she had downloaded for her son, and that she wanted to expunge the hard drive as a “courtesy” to the incoming Bush administration. How thoughtful.

Later, her agency admitted that three other top EPA officials had their computers erased despite the federal court order and ongoing FOIA case — the record is silent on whether Browner’s son was playing games on their desktops, too.

Political hanky panky and gross corruption are par for the course, especially amongst Chicago pols. It’s Back to the Clintons, the change we didn’t want but are getting anyway.

Climate hysteria, cap-and-trade, economic monkey-wrenching, massive new taxes, all based on the total fraud and hoax of global warming, are coming at us like a runaway freight train.

Duck and cover. And bundle up; it’s going to get a lot colder before the criminal hysterics now in power are subdued.

16 Dec 2008, 10:16am
by Russ


Ah…

Over 2 trillion tons of ice melted in arctic since ‘03

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 2 trillion tons of land ice in Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska have melted since 2003, according to new NASA satellite data that show the latest signs of what scientists say is global warming.

More than half of the loss of landlocked ice in the past five years has occurred in Greenland, based on measurements of ice weight by NASA’s GRACE satellite, said NASA geophysicist Scott Luthcke. The water melting from Greenland in the past five years would fill up about 11 Chesapeake Bays, he said, and the Greenland melt seems to be accelerating.

16 Dec 2008, 3:36pm
by Mike


That story is [here]

I am a big numbers guy, so am adept at putting big numbers in perspective. Note that the story says:

Between Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska, melting land ice has raised global sea levels about one-fifth of an inch in the past five years, Luthcke said.

That is equivalent to 4 inches of sea level rise per century.

To put that in perspective, please read Holocene Temperatures and Sea Level Changes by George H. Taylor in the W.I.S.E. Colloquium: Paleobotany and Paleoclimatology [here].

Sea levels rose about 100 meters between 14,000 and 7,000 years ago as the great ice sheets of the Wisconsin Glaciation melted. Then over the most recent 7,000 years sea levels have risen about 10 meters total at a fairly steady rate. That rate averages to 5 or 6 inches per century.

In other words, the current (newly discovered) rate of 4 inches per century is consistent with the average sea level rise over the last 7,000 years. Nothing has changed. If anything, sea level rise is tapering off.

Indeed, other research indicates that the melting land ice was the result of a rebound from the Little Ice Age of 200 years ago, and that the rebound has recently halted. For instance, over the last 18 months Alaska’s glaciers have been growing, with positive mass balance [here].

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