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Boldly Going Nowhere
Bret Burquest

Ocean Currents

Posted Saturday, November 12, 2011, at 6:46 PM
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  • This assumes that the global climate has a warming trend. At the present time there isn't any evidence of that (despite global CO2 levels continuing to rise every year since 1979). A graph of satellite-based temperature readings since 1979 is here: http://www.drroyspencer.com/wp-content/uploads/UAH_LT_1979_thru_October_2011.png

    It appears that there hasn't been any 'global warming' since the 1998 El Nino year (which caused a sudden abrupt spike in the graph). In the next few years (from 2011) there may even be a slight cooling trend. We don't know for sure. If a cooling trend occurs there is a good chance that the *summer Arctic sea ice extent will return to previous levels. Note that the *winter Arctic sea ice extent has been roughly normal. Also there is an enormous amount of ice on the land in the Arctic, eg. the Greenland ice sheet covers 660,235 sq miles and is an average 1 1/2 miles thick - it is the second largest ice body in the world, after the Antarctic Ice Sheet. Also the Antarctic sea ice extents have been roughly normal, and there isn't any conclusive evidence to prove that the Himalayan glaciers are in danger (for example). Some Himalayan glaciers, such as the Siachen glacier, are actually advancing.

    Like you say: "Whether a catastrophic global climate change will occur in the near future is uncertain." So, surely it is unreasonable to scare the people with drastic warnings like: "a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters."

    -- Posted by Peter_Yates on Tue, Nov 15, 2011, at 1:23 AM
  • A friend called my attention to something I'd asked about - dropping it into your archived posts Bret, was I thought the better means of getting it to you. May, may not find it useful, perhaps only "interesting" at least for the fewest of minutes.

    What this page is showing is a livestream of Wikipedia edits. (I used it last during a Republican debate - you perhaps of most people round here, wouldn't find it surprising the edits frequency very sharply rises.)

    Best:

    http://inkdroid.org:3000/

    -- Posted by HDucker on Fri, Dec 23, 2011, at 4:59 PM
  • This was a well written article I found the same science in the book "The Coming Global Superstorm" by Art Bell and Whitley Strieber. Interesting that nobody pays much attention to the Arctic ice being nearly all melted; altho every once in a while some one hollers about the polar bears losing their habitat. On the other hand, I have heard many republicans say there is no such thing as global warming. Ho hum.

    -- Posted by mozarkann on Tue, Dec 27, 2011, at 1:22 AM
  • This was a well written article. I found the same science in the book "The Coming Global Superstorm" by Art Bell and Whitley Strieber. Interesting that nobody pays much attention to the Arctic ice being nearly all melted; altho every once in a while some one hollers about the polar bears losing their habitat. On the other hand, I have heard many republicans say there is no such thing as global warming. Ho hum.

    -- Posted by mozarkann on Tue, Dec 27, 2011, at 1:23 AM
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