Posts Tagged ‘Arctic’

Scientific case for man-made global warming fears is dead

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Source:  Washington Examiner

by Marc Morano

Many of the proponents of man-made global warming are now claiming that climate change is worse than they predicted. According to an Oct. 18, 2011, Daily Climate article, global warming activists claim that the “evidence builds that scientists underplay climate impacts,” and “if anything, global climate disruption is likely to be significantly worse than has been suggested.” (more…)

Good News for Polar Bears: Goose Eggs on the Menu

Friday, November 5th, 2010

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Back in May, we reported on the Trumpeter Swan’s recovery from the edge of extinction that was being made a bit easier by a warming Arctic. Now comes word of another Arctic bird that is benefiting from the warming—and at the same time, helping the polar bear cope with climate change.

This time around it is the snow goose—a rather plentiful denizen of the far north.

Snow goose populations have been expanding as of late, and now are so large that some regions of the Arctic breeding grounds are getting a bit overpopulated and are facing degradation from the geese.

At the same time, polar bears are starting to have to come in off their preferred sea-ice hunting grounds sooner, as the ice is breaking up earlier and earlier in the season.

In the western Hudson Bay region, at least, this evolving situation is bringing the two species into ever-more contact. And the polar bears are finding snow geese eggs to be an excellent source of nutrition. (more…)

New Material Posted on the NIPCC Web site

Friday, September 24th, 2010


Models Warm the Lower Troposphere Too Much: A Fingerprint Test with Updated Data (22 Sep 2010)

Climate models predict a hotspot of atmospheric warming in the tropical troposphere, but a new analysis suggests that real data do not show this hotspot, based on several types of surface and tropospheric data. Read More

Improved Analysis of Grace Data Shows Ice Accumulation in Greenland and Lower Global Ice Loss than Previous Studies (22 Sep 2010)

Estimates of current rates of ice loss for Greenland and Antarctica have been reduced by a factor of two, suggesting that almost none of the sea level rise over the past decade is due to glacial ice loss, which finding is rather odd if you believe the climate alarmist claim that the earth has experienced unprecedentedly warm air temperatures due to global warming over this interval. Read More

The Medieval Warm Period at Lake Silvaplana in Switzerland (22 Sep 2010)

Results of a new temperature reconstruction from Switzerland reveal that there is nothing unprecedented, unusual or unnatural about the level of warmth that has been reached during the Current Warm Period. Read More (more…)

(Desperately) Looking for Arctic warming

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

by Paul Driessen and Dr. Willie Soon

Global warming alarmists have chosen the wrong part of the climate cycle to head north

First, American Ann Bancroft and Norwegian Liv Arnesen trekked off across the Arctic in the dead of the 2007 winter, “to raise awareness about global warming,” by showcasing the wide expanses of open water they were certain they would encounter. Instead, icy blasts drove temperatures inside their tent to -58 F, while outside the nighttime air plunged to -103 F.

Open water is rare at those temperatures, the intrepid explorers discovered. Facing frostbite, amputated toes and even death, the two were airlifted out 18 miles into their 530-mile expedition.

Next winter it was British swimmer and ecologist Lewis Gordon Pugh, who planned to breast-stroke across open Arctic seas. Same story. Then fellow Brit Pen Hadow gave it a go, but it was another no-go. (more…)

Ship of Lies 2: The Al Gore Fibfest continues

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

From the Viscount Monckton of Brenchley in Copenhagen

Next up, after Bob Corell (see previous posting), was Mr. Jonas Gahr Store, the nattily-dressed Foreign Minister of Norway. He told us, with all the panicky solemnity and solemn panic that is the hallmark of every politician’s speech at this conference, that “We Have To Reduce Methane By 180 Million Tons A Year!” Or Else. No, Jonas, we don’t. There’s so little methane in the atmosphere, and its concentration is rising so slowly, that we’d hardly be able to measure the warming it causes even after 1000 years.

The next scare he thought up was Black Carbon. This, he told us in the unreferenced, I-just-made-it-up manner that everyone here is adopting, has caused “12% of warming to date.” No, it hasn’t. Nearly all of the Earth’s albedo – its capacity to reflect sunlight harmlessly straight back into space – comes from clouds, whose reflectance is near-totally unaffected by particulate pollution. For this reason, having a little soot in the air – almost entirely from environmentally ill-regulated third-world countries such as India and China – makes practically no difference to temperature. (more…)

Melt? Schmelt. Sailing the Northwest Passage in the 1940s

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

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Amundsen sailed through the North-West Passage in a sailing vessel in 1903. A reader has kindly sent us the following account of a Canadian supply-ship that sailed the North-West Passage in the 1940s.

The Arctic vessel St. Roch, built for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Force to serve as a supply ship for isolated, far-flung Arctic detachments, was also designed to serve when frozen-in for the winter as a floating detachment with its constables mounting dog sled patrols from the ship. Between 1929 and 1939, St. Roch made three voyages to the Arctic.

Between 1940 and 1942, St. Roch navigated the Northwest Passage, arriving in Halifax harbor on October 11, 1942. St. Roch was the second ship to make the passage, and the first to travel the passage from west to east. In 1944, St. Roch returned to Vancouver via the more northerly route of the Northwest Passage, making her run in 86 days.

The epic voyages of St. Roch demonstrated Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic during the difficult wartime years, and extended Canadian control over her vast northern territories.

Climate science Q&A: Has 40% of all Arctic ice melted?

Friday, December 11th, 2009

ByChristopher Monckton of Brenchley

Q. The great truth-monger Al Gore claimed yesterday that 40% of the Artic Ice Cap has already disappered, and that the other 60% will be gone in 5, 10, or 15 years. If almost half of the Artic ice has already melted, then why aren’t London, New York, Miami, Venice, Houston, Singapore, etc., under water?

Is this the same type of over-exaggeration that Gore was guilty of practicing when he claimed that the Earth’s core temperature is several millions of degrees? I cannot wait for your debate with the great truth-monger!

A. Even if the entire Arctic ice cap were to disappear altogether, as it did during the summer in the medieval warm period and throughout the year 850,000 years ago, sea level would not rise by as much as a millionth of an inch, because the Arctic polar ice cap is floating. You can demonstrate this for yourself by taking a large glass, placing a big ice-cube in it, then carefully filling up the glass with water until the water is exactly level with the rim. Now let the ice melt. Even when all the ice is gone, the water level remains exactly the same, and not a drop spills over. I recently demonstrated this experiment at lunch after a talk at Lloyds of London. The brokers and underwriters were fascinated. (more…)