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Posted on 03/29/2002 8:46:20 PM PST by gcruse
Media flogs phony ice shelf scare story
by Gerard Jackson
TNA News with Commentary
No. 327, Monday 25 March 2002
The collapse of the Larsen B ice shelf on the Antarctic peninsular has give our scare-mongering journalists a field day, which, by pure coincidence, also provided the greens with more disinformation with which to confuse the public and intimidate politicians.
First we had Murdochs Australian publish story from The London Times also a Murdoch paper claiming that the collapse provides warning of what is likely to happen to the frozen continent if present trends in global warming continue (Huge ice shelf sinks into sea in a month by Mark Henderson, 21/3/02). The story warned of the potential release of enough water to raise the worlds sea level by 5 metres.
The Age published the Chilling truth behind the breaking Barrier (Andrew Darby, 23/302) as further evidence of global warming. Just to make sure we get the message, Mr Darby tells us that two masses of ice that broke away were larger than Greater Melbourne (7,695 square kilometres), and then stated "Climate change is to blame." In an attempt to ram up the fear meter Mr Darby reported that the temperature in the peninsular had risen by 2.5 degrees last century compared with 0.6 for the rest of the planet. He too gave us the scary line of a potential sea level rise of 5 meters.
Obviously reckoning that it should allow a good global warming scare story to go cold, The Age published another article (Science ponders the consequences of a shortened life shelf life by Gerard Wright. Quoting from a press release (this beats actually researching a story) issued by the National Snow and Ice Data Centre he tells us that the average thinning of the Antarctic glaciers " is consistent with a pattern of global warming." He also quoted from Professor MacAyeal who seemed to imply that worse was to come.
As is invariably the case, what matters is what journalists have omitted. Darby tells us that the temperature in the peninsular rose by 2.5 degrees last century. What he and the others did not say is that the Antarctic has been accumulating ice. In other words, it has been cooling. A recent article in Nature (Antarctic climate cooling and terrestrial ecosystem response, 31/1/02) written by 13 authors stated: "our spatial analysis of Antarctic meteorological data demonstrates a net cooling on the Antarctic continent between 1966 and 2000, particularly during summer and autumn. The McMurdo Dry Valleys have cooled by 0.7 °C per decade between 1986 and 2000, with similar pronounced seasonal trends."
As Peter Doran, a University of Chicago at Illinois scientist and lead author of the study, said: "... two or three years ago, when we were waiting for the big summers, we noticed that they didnt come. We were thinking that warm summers were the norm, and we were saying, Its going to get back to normal, but it never did." The studys conclusions are striking, finding that since 1978 temperatures across the continent dropped by an average of 0.125 degrees Fahrenheit per year, or 1.2 degrees Fahrenheit per decade. How can this be when global warming theory predicts that the ice caps will warm up except for those greens who argue, when it suits them, that they will get colder. (Does this mean that the planet is getting cooler?)
So while the peninsular was warming the Antarctic was cooling. I stressed Antarctic because the peninsular is not even in the Antarctic Circle. Something else that these reporters also managed to overlook. What also needs to be stressed is that the warming of the peninsular was a local and not global phenomenon.
Now these journalists gave the impression that the break-up was rapid and even, in the case of Wright, unexpected. How did it escape the attention of these keen-eyed reporters that this break has been evident for years and fully expected? After all, this outcrop of ice was a glacier that had extended way beyond the coastline and into the ocean, extending itself further out to sea. Being a floating peninsular it was surrounded by water on four sides, including the water that flowed beneath it. No wonder scientists expected an eventual collapse. I wonder how many scientists would be prepared to gamble their reputations on a contrary view? Perhaps these journalists will find out for us?
Darby repeats the global warming figure of 0.6 degrees for the last century. Its a pity he didnt mention that not only did nearly all of that increase take place before 1940 but satellite and balloon measurements have not detected any global warming since 1979, which is when these measurement first began.
What is truly chilling is the contempt that these newspapers have for the truth and the well being of their readers. They simply refuse to publish stories or articles that question the views of global warming advocates. Without a doubt, the Australian media is a damn disgrace and must rank as one of the worst in the developed world.
Noticed your Norway location. You must be an expert on ice and snow! BTW, I enjoyed my trip to pristine, friendly Norway and actually called the Norwegian consular office after Reagan was shot and asked how I could move there.
If the polar ice evaporates it must latter appear as rain. The Earth is (more or less) a closed system.
If (a BIG BIG if) the coastal ice in polar regions disappeared, the much of the ice trapped on land masses would find it's way into the oceans, and the land under it, no longer weighed down by the ice above them, would rise. The magma that bouyed them up would come from that maintaining the present level of the continents, which would sink proportionately. The ice above polar regions would increase the volume of the oceans and the lack of ice above the polar regions would cause the continents to sink.
Don't sell your summer cottage on the Outter Banks, just yet.