Monday, January 05, 2009

I'm just sayin', how do we know it's an Ice Age?

Why not call it the Big Chill or the Nippy era?


"Thanks to a rapid rebound in recent months, global sea ice levels now equal those seen 29 years ago, when the year 1979 also drew to a close.

Ice levels had been tracking lower throughout much of 2008, but rapidly recovered in the last quarter. In fact, the rate of increase from September onward is the fastest rate of change on record, either upwards or downwards. "

Global warming, set back 30 years. How can this be with record burning of fossil fuel and the destruction we are causing to the environment? If they really cause the temperature to go up, maybe we ought to consider emitting MORE greenhouse gasses.

"Sea ice is floating and, unlike the massive ice sheets anchored to bedrock in Greenland and Antarctica, doesn't affect ocean levels. However, due to its transient nature, sea ice responds much faster to changes in temperature or precipitation and is therefore a useful barometer of changing conditions.

Earlier this year, predictions were rife that the North Pole could melt entirely in 2008. Instead, the Arctic ice saw a substantial recovery. Bill Chapman, a researcher with the UIUC's Arctic Center, tells DailyTech this was due in part to colder temperatures in the region. Chapman says wind patterns have also been weaker this year. Strong winds can slow ice formation as well as forcing ice into warmer waters where it will melt."

Maybe AlGore should start talking again, or stop. I'm confused. If all the politicians just quit talking about Global Warming, wouldn't that reduce the wind rate and preserve arctic ice? I'm just trying to help here.

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Rick Beckman said...

It's like the Guide says, Hugh: "DON'T PANIC."

I guess the eco-friends weren't paying attention. :)

The Pharisee said...

You are one Hoopy Frood, and you KNOW where your towel is.