Myth of Arctic Meltdown
Original post made by Northern Exposure, another community, on Aug 31, 2014
On August 25, 2012 there was 3.91 million square kilometers of arctic sea ice. On August 25, 2014 there was 5.62 million square kilometers of arctic sea ice. This is a 43% increase or 1.715 million square kilometers of sea ice.
More importantly, the arctic sea ice is also thicker, and therefore more resistant to future melting. Professor Andrew Shepherd, of Leeds University in the UK, an expert in climate satellite monitoring, said yesterday: "It is clear from the measurements we have collected that the Arctic sea ice has experienced a significant recovery in thickness over the past year".
Yet for years, liberals have been claiming that the Arctic is in an 'irrevocable death spiral', with imminent ice-free summers bound to trigger further disasters. These include gigantic releases of methane into the atmosphere from frozen Arctic deposits, and accelerated global warming caused by the fact that heat from the sun will no longer be reflected back by the ice into space.
Judith Curry, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, said last Friday (August 29, 2014) that "The Arctic sea ice spiral of death seems to have reversed".
Liberal readers of the Alamanac just a few months ago were warning of ice-free summers by 2014. Joining the coterie of 'Almanac Global Warming Alarmists' include US Secretary of State John Kerry, who made the same disingenuous prediction in 2009, while his partner in Global Warming Hysteria Al Gore has repeated it numerous times notably in a speech to world leaders at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen in 2009, in an effort to persuade them to agree a new emissions treaty.