Tag Archive: Arctic

Sep 19 2014

Global warming is already dangerous

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“Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: ‘Too late.’” – Martin Luther King Jr. I’ve been reading up on what the latest climate science says about where we are and where we’re heading, and decided the best way to present the information is in the following table. …

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Sep 28 2012

Good Arctic sea ice pic and vid

I’ve already blogged about the record Arctic sea ice melt. The following picture and video further illustrate the point. This graphic from the Australian Conservation Foundation shows what the Arctic melt would look like if Australia was melting: Note that Arctic sea ice volume has declined even more dramatically, with four-fifths disappearing in the 34-year …

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Sep 21 2012

Arctic sea ice minimum: A planetary emergency

The news that Arctic sea ice is in meltdown is being treated as merely one news item among many, even though it threatens to set off a chain of tipping points affecting all of humanity and life on Earth. I’m reminded of how the iceberg warnings sent to the Titanic by other ships were interspersed …

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Aug 29 2012

Arctic sea ice in a death spiral

Source: International Arctic Research Center As Australian politicians fiddle with the details of an extremely insufficient climate change policy, I’ve been watching Arctic sea ice news with increasing dismay. Summer sea ice in the Arctic is fast melting away, accelerated by amplifying feedbacks in what has been called a “death spiral”. The disappearance of Arctic …

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Apr 21 2011

Christy Crock: Do the observations match the models?

I wrote this post for Skeptical Science. At the recent US House of Representatives Committee on Science Space and Technology climate hearing, the Republicans called Dr. John Christy as an expert witness testifying against the global warming consensus. Unfortunately, Christy spent his time repeating a long list of climate myths, including the common contrarian refrain …

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Feb 17 2011

A basic overview of melting ice around the globe

I wrote this post for Skeptical Science as a basic rebuttal of the argument “Ice isn’t melting”. Contrary to contrarian claims, ice is melting at accelerating rates in the Arctic, Antarctica, Greenland, and glaciers all over the world. Arctic sea ice has shrunk by an area equal to Western Australia, and could be all gone …

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Jan 24 2011

2010: A Year of Record Warmth and Weird Weather

Last year’s global temperatures are in, and the result is that 2010 is statistically tied with 2005 for the title of the warmest year since records began in 1880. According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center (NOAA NCDC), the global temperature for both years was 0.62°C above the 20th-century …

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Jan 22 2011

Monckton Myth: Global Sea Ice

I wrote this post for Skeptical Science as part of an ongoing series looking at the arguments made by Christopher Monckton against climate science. This post examines Monckton’s arguments about global sea ice. Monckton claims: [T]he global sea ice record shows virtually no change throughout the past 30 years, because the quite rapid loss of …

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Oct 20 2010

Increasing southern sea ice

This post was written for Skeptical Science as a “basic rebuttal” to the argument “Southern sea ice is increasing”. Sea ice around Antarctica has increased over the few decades that satellites have been measuring sea ice extent. First of all, it’s worth remembering that sea ice is not to be confused with land ice. This …

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Mar 13 2010

Global Warming Contrarians Part 3: Hiding the Decline of Ice

In 2007, the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that global warming is unequivocal, and that serious impacts of global warming are already beginning to occur. The AR5 isn’t due until 2013, but in 2009, a non-IPCC report called the Copenhagen Diagnosis was released to provide an update …

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