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Is this the bottom for Arctic Sea ice?

September 15, 2010 Leave a comment

The bottom could be in for Arctic sea ice this year which will make it the third lowest in the last 30 years.

Sea Ice for the Arctic - Sept 15, 2010

However, in Anchorage, Alaska, the local fish wrap would have you believe the trend the sky is falling.

From the ADN.com:

“A report shows this summer’s Arctic sea ice melted to the third-lowest level since satellite monitoring began in 1979, continuing a trend of habitat loss for walrus, polar bears and other ice-dependent marine mammals.”

“Brendan Cummings, an attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, said the announcement illustrated a trend for summer Arctic sea ice and means bad news for walrus.
‘We’re on a clear path to a seasonal ice-free Arctic,” he said. “There may be year-to-year fluctuations, but the clear path is unidirectional.’”


Yes, the overall trend for the past 30 years shows a downward trajectory. However, the temperature in the arctic is already below freezing (below) and this sure looks like we survived this summer with a greater amount of sea ice than the year before. I see that as a positive sign and remain optimistic that we are headed for recovery!

Temps above 80 deg

For a fantastic resource on Arctic and Antarctic sea ice, check out Anthony Watts blog: Watts Up With That? and visit the “Sea Ice Reference Page”

Government Incompetence at its Finest

The incompetence of the government is on full display with the rejection of the Dutch in the early days of the spill and then compounded by the tentacles that government wraps around everything. The rejection of the help from the Dutch is not the real story here, but rather the reasons why.

From the Financial Post (emphasis mine):

Why does neither the U.S. government nor U.S. energy companies have on hand the cleanup technology available in Europe? Ironically, the superior European technology runs afoul of U.S. environmental rules. The voracious Dutch vessels, for example, continuously suck up vast quantities of oily water, extract most of the oil and then spit overboard vast quantities of nearly oil-free water. Nearly oil-free isn’t good enough for the U.S. regulators, who have a standard of 15 parts per million — if water isn’t at least 99.9985% pure, it may not be returned to the Gulf of Mexico.

Enjoy the read!

Global Warming eh?

Two graphs from a paper that disputes some of the claims made by the Geological Society of Amaerica (GSA) is full of wonderful little tidbits regarding man made global warming. Here is a link to the paper.

Two graphs that stand out to me are below:

Global Temperatures versus CO2

Abrupt increase in post–1945 CO2 emissions.

The above graph shows that even though there was a significant increase in the CO2 concentration, we still experienced a long period of global cooling.

Global climate change and CO2

Global climate change and CO2

We are seeing the same trend today. The globe is cooling and we are seeing record amounts of snowfall earlier than we have in recent memory. We are in a deep solar minimum and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation has shifted to cooling. All of the variables suggest we are going to see a significant period of global cooling on the horizon and I have a feeling that the CO2 level are going to steadily increase. Just a hunch.