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Climate change science: “The earth is so cold right now because it’s getting warmer”

Scientists look at the real world and work carefully to reach a conclusion that fits what they see. Fanatics like Al Gore work backwards: They take an assumption that they want desperately to be true, and force it on top of reality like hammering a square peg into a round hole.

That’s exactly what the failed presidential candidate seems to be doing, bending over backwards to explain that freezing temperatures in the U.S. are proof the world is getting warmer.

As much of the country battles bitter cold weather and temperatures well below zero, Al Gore used Twitter to spread his twisted brand of circular reasoning.  “It’s bitter cold in parts of the US, but climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann explains that’s exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis,” the politician-turned-guru declared.

“Climate crisis,” of course, is a term that’s being used as a substitute for “global warming,” which fell out of favor as a talking point as people became worried about freezing to death. Make no mistake, global warming is still what Gore is peddling, no matter the label.

The former vice president famously predicted that global warming would cause the arctic ice cap to melt… with a due-date of several years ago. It didn’t happen.  “Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979,” Forbes Magazine reported in 2015.

“Ice growth during November 2017 averaged 30,900 square miles per day,” the National Snow and Ice Data Center stated earlier this month.

It would be one thing if global warming zealots like Al Gore admitted that they came to the wrong conclusions, and updated their models and predictions to match reality — you know, like actual scientists do.  Instead, leftists are engaging in the exact same broken logic they claim to despise. The crowd constantly lectures people that “weather is not climate,” and a short-term spell is not the same as a long-term trend.

That’s what they did after Donald Trump posted a tongue-in-cheek take-down of global warming. The president humorously pointed out that the East Coast was facing near-record low temperatures over New Year’s Day, while liberals smugly scolded him that weather isn’t climate.

Yet, magically, when Al Gore needs it to make his case, it suddenly is climate.  Gore simply flipped the same argument, and pointed at the recent cold snap as “evidence” of earth-threatening climate change.

Media outlets frequently do the same thing: Use heat waves in the summer to whip up doom-and-gloom articles about global warming, while suddenly forgetting about a “climate connection” when icy winter weather shows up.

Here’s a thought: Maybe we don’t actually know enough about millennia-long climate patterns to predict the future. Maybe we should keep digging and asking questions, and not treat people who have healthy skepticism as some sort of Inquisition-era heretics to be burned at the stake.

That would never sell documentaries, though, would it?  Inconvenient truth, indeed.

 

[From an article published by CONSERVATIVE TRIBUNE]

 

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California runs out of water while the world’s ice continues to melt…

As melting ice makes worldwide flooding a real possibility, California has a really serious drought problem…

What will a flooded USA look like?

The USA will look a lot different when the ice is gone…

The drought in California is getting a lot worse.  As you read this, snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada mountains are the lowest that have ever been recorded.  That means that there won’t be much water for California farmers and California cities once again this year.  To make up the difference in recent years, water has been pumped out of the ground like crazy.  In fact, California has been losing more than 12 million acre-feet of groundwater a year since 2011, and wells all over the state are going dry.  Once the groundwater is all gone, what are people going to do?  A hundred years ago, the population of the state of California was 3 million, and during the 20th century we built lots of beautiful new cities in an area that was previously a desert.  Scientists tell us that the 20th century was the wettest century in 1000 years for that area of the country, but now weather patterns are reverting back to normal.  Today, the state of California is turning back into a desert but it now has a population of 38 million people.  This is not sustainable in the long-term.  So when the water runs out, where are they going to go?

I have written quite a few articles about the horrific drought in California, but conditions just continue to get even worse.  According to NPR, snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada mountains are “just 6 percent of the long-term average”

The water outlook in drought-racked California just got a lot worse: Snowpack levels across the entire Sierra Nevada are now the lowest in recorded history — just 6 percent of the long-term average. That shatters the previous low record on this date of 25 percent, set in 1977 and again last year.

California farmers rely on that water.  Last year, farmers had to let hundreds of thousands of acres lie fallow because of the scarcity of water, and it is being projected that this year will be even worse

More than 400,000 acres of farmland were fallowed last year because of scarce water. Credible sources have estimated that figure could double this year.

Fortunately, many farmers have been able to rely on groundwater in recent years, but now wells are running dry all over the state.  Here is more from NPR

Last year was already a tough year at La Jolla Farming in Delano, Calif. Or as farm manager Jerry Schlitz puts it, “Last year was damn near a disaster.”

La Jolla is a vineyard, a thousand-or-so acres of neat lines of grapevines in the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley. It depends on water from two sources: the federal Central Valley Project and wells.

Until last year, Schlitz says, wells were used to supplement the federal water.

“Now, we have nothing but wells. Nothing. There’s no water other than what’s coming out of the ground,” he says.

Last year, one of those wells at La Jolla dried up. The farm lost 160 acres — about a million dollars’ worth of produce, plus the wasted labor and other resources.

Are you starting to understand the scope of the problem?

Despite all of the wonderful technology that we have developed, we are still at the mercy of the weather.

And if this drought continues to drag on, it is absolutely going to cripple a state that contains more than 10 percent of the total U.S. population.

In an attempt to fight the water shortage, Governor Jerry Brown has instituted statewide water restrictions for the first time ever

California announced sweeping statewide water restrictions for the first time in history Wednesday in order to combat the region’s devastating drought, the worst since records began.

Governor Jerry Brown issued the declaration at a press conference in a parched, brown slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains that would normally be covered by deep snow.

“Today, we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet (1.5 meters) of snow,” Brown said. “This historic drought demands unprecedented action.”

So what will these restrictions include?

The following is a summary from Natural News

• A ban on non-drip irrigation systems for all new homes.

• A requirement for golf courses and cemeteries to “reduce water consumption.” (And yet, the very idea of green golf courses in the middle of a California desert is insane to begin with…)

• Force farmers to report more details on their water usage so that the state government can figure out where all the water is going (and where to restrict it even further).

• Outlawing the watering of grass on public street medians.

• Discussions are also under way to throw “water wasters” in jail for up to 30 days, according to another LA Times article. The most likely source of intel for incarcerating water wasters will be neighborhood snitches who monitor water usage of nearby homes and call the authorities if they see too much water being used.

If the drought does not go on for much longer, these restrictions may be enough.

But what if it continues to intensify?

The following graphic shows the U.S. Drought Monitor map for the state of California for each of the last five years in late March…

California drought worsening...It doesn’t take a genius to see the trend.

And scientists tell us that this might just be the beginning.  There have been megadroughts in that area of the country that have lasted more than 100 years in the past, and there are fears that another megadrought may have begun.  The following comes from National Geographic

California is experiencing its worst drought since record-keeping began in the mid 19th century, and scientists say this may be just the beginning. B. Lynn Ingram, a paleoclimatologist at the University of California at Berkeley, thinks that California needs to brace itself for a megadrought—one that could last for 200 years or more.

As a paleoclimatologist, Ingram takes the long view, examining tree rings and microorganisms in ocean sediment to identify temperatures and dry periods of the past millennium. Her work suggests that droughts are nothing new to California.

“During the medieval period, there was over a century of drought in the Southwest and California. The past repeats itself,” says Ingram, who is co-author of The West Without Water: What Past Floods, Droughts, and Other Climate Clues Tell Us About Tomorrow. Indeed, Ingram believes the 20th century may have been a wet anomaly.

If this is a megadrought, it is just a matter of time until massive migration will become necessary.

In fact, one UN official is already talking about it

If the state continues on this path, there may have to be thoughts about moving people out, said Lynn Wilson, academic chair at Kaplan University and who serves on the climate change delegation in the United Nations.

“Civilizations in the past have had to migrate out of areas of drought,” Wilson said. “We may have to migrate people out of California.”

Wilson added that before that would happen, every option such as importing water to the state would likely occur— but “migration can’t be taken off the table.”

So how many people will ultimately have to leave if this drought continues for many years?

5 million?

10 million?

20 million?

And where will they go?

[from The Economic Collapse Blog and other sources]

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Global warming now being called “biggest science scandal” ever foisted on US citizens…

Christopher Booker of the UK Telegraph calls man-made global warming the “biggest science scandal ever,” and it’s easy to see why.

Recent studies have shown:

  • Temperature data from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) was dramatically altered, and rather than showing a 1.5-degree Celsius increase from 1950 to 2014, the raw data actually showed a 1-degree Celsius temperature decrease over those 65 years.
  • Two of the official data records for climate temperatures — Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) in California, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) — have recorded 18 straight years of no temperature increases, and 2014, recently called the “warmest year ever” was, in fact, only the sixth warmest year since 1997.
  • Arctic ice levels, it turns out, have nothing to do with alleged man-made global warming. The decrease in Acrtic ice is simply a byproduct of naturally occurring cyclical shifts in warm water currents. In fact, when the warm water currents last peaked 75 years ago, Arctic ice had retreated even further back than it has recently.

None of this is news to John Casey, who has been at the forefront of the movement calling man-made global warming a total hoax.

Casey, a former White House space program adviser, consultant to NASA headquarters, and space shuttle engineer, found evidence — buried right in the government’s own environmental studies — that destroys the argument for “global warming.”

Using their own data, John Casey has proven that “global warming” is a scam backed by a network of politicians, corporations, and scientists conspiring to promote the fear of “global warming” . . . despite clear evidence that no such “global warming” exists.

Casey’s analysis is shocking…and all of this is a must-read exposé.

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  When you DO read the real facts behind this scandal, you will begin getting even madder than you probably are already at the way the US government has been “playing” its citizens for the last few decades.  Remember Al Gore, and his fanatical focus on this non-existent issue? Remember John Kerry and Mr. O, his boss, telling us even very recently that climate change was more important than any other issue, even the murdering Islamic terrorists and their determination to expand their control of the Middle East? We are now being put in the position of having to doubt everything the US government tells us. Everything. Why would the government do this, and do it deliberately? One simple reason: The climate change issue can be made to look so big and so important, with enough focus and attention in the media, that it will distract from all the other stupid stuff the government is trying to do. Or cover up. And with climate change, all it takes is a little fudging of the numbers, and the end result looks like calamity. But as we’ve been saying for years now, the real calamity in the US is the one in the White House. Why would Obama spend billions of dollars on an issue that doesn’t exist? Because it’s not his money, and he doesn’t care about YOUR money. Why would corporations get on the same silly bandwagon? So they can (a) get more government money, like the now-bankrupt Solyndra, and (b) sell more stuff like solar panels, smart thermostats, and other unnecessary equipment. Mr. O also doesn’t care about the truth behind the news reports you get. (In fact, he appears not to care about truth in any form.) Obama is just treading water in the White House, trying not to drown in a job he has never been able to handle. Nor does he care about doing a good job at his elected position, for the same reason. He never sought the office of president to do a good job, he sought it only to promote himself, build his ego, and assure his future financial well-being. (YOUR financial well-being was something that has never even crossed his mind.)  Why would supposedly self-respecting scientists decide to become climate change champions? Because (a) they were too lazy to verify all the details (and not all scientists graduated at the top of their class, y’know), (b) they wanted to be associated with a huge and popular issue (scientists have an ego too, y’know), and (c) they too wanted to belly up to the government money trough (by getting research grants, writing books and papers, or getting climate-related, high-paying government jobs).

 

[by Christopher Booker, writing for The Telegraph in the UK]
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Obama’s new “historic” global warming agreement with China is another one of those White House deals that Americans are “too stupid” to understand…so here are the details

Historic.

Such is the ubiquitous description of the climate agreement recently announced in Beijing between Barack Obama and Xi Jinping in which China promised for the first time to cap carbon emissions.

If this were a real breakthrough, I’d be an enthusiastic supporter. I have long advocated for a tangible global agreement to curb carbon. I do remain skeptical about the arrogant, ignorant claim that climate science is “settled,” that it can predict with accuracy future “global warming” effects and that therefore we must cut emissions radically, immediately and unilaterally if necessary, even at potentially ruinous economic and social cost.

I nonetheless believe (and have written since 1988) that pumping increasing amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere cannot be a good thing. We don’t know nearly enough about the planet’s homeostatic mechanisms for dealing with it, but prudence would dictate reducing CO2 emissions when and where we can.

However, anything beyond that, especially the radical unilateralism advocated by climate alarmists, would be not just economic suicide but economic suicide without purpose. It would do nothing to reduce atmospheric CO2 as long as China, India and the other developing nations more than make up for our cuts with their huge and increasing carbon emissions.

China alone is firing up a new coal plant every eight to 10 days. We could close every coal mine in Kentucky and West Virginia and achieve absolutely nothing except devastating Appalachia and, in effect, shipping its economic lifeblood to China.

The only way forward on greenhouse gases is global reduction by global agreement. A pact with China would be a good start.

Unfortunately, the Obama-Xi agreement is nothing of the sort. It is a fraud of Gruberian (as in Jonathan) proportions. Its main plank commits China to begin cutting carbon emissions 16 years from now. On the other hand, the United States, having already cut more carbon emissions than any nation on earth since 2005, must now double its current rate of carbon cutting to meet a new, more restrictive goal by 2025. In return for which, China will keep increasing its carbon emissions year after year throughout that period — and for five years beyond.

If this sounds like the most one-sided deal since Manhattan sold for $24 in 1626, you heard right. It becomes even more absurd when you realize that, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, China was on track to plateau its carbon emissions around 2030 anyway because of a projected slowdown in urbanization, population growth and heavy industry production. We cut, they coast.

The carbon-emission graph is stark. China’s line is nearly vertical; America’s is already inflected and headed downward. The Obama-Xi agreement simply ratifies U.S. unilateralism — the U.S. line declines even more steeply, while China’s continues rocketing upward unmolested.

Proponents of the Obama-Xi deal will then point to a second provision: China’s promise to produce 20 percent of its energy from non-carbon sources by 2030. But China had already been planning to begin substituting for its immense use of fossil fuels (mainly by using nuclear power) because Chinese cities are being choked to death by their traditional pollutants — sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury compounds, particulates, etc.

These are serious health hazards. CO2 is not. Whatever its atmospheric effects, CO2 does not poison the air. So in return for yet another Chinese transition that has nothing to do with CO2, Obama has committed the United States to drastic CO2 cuts.

Moreover, beyond substance, there is process. Or more accurately, its absence. What’s the structure to sustain and verify the agreement? Where are the benchmarks? What are the enforcement mechanisms? This is just a verbal promise. Nothing more. Sixteen years from now, China is supposed to remind the world of its commitments and begin cutting?

I repeat: I would unequivocally support a real agreement with the Chinese where they cut contemporaneously and commensurately with the United States and where there is built-in reporting and independent verification. Such a bilateral agreement would need to be internationalized by bringing in such rising powers as India, Brazil, Indonesia, etc. This would be a breakthrough.

Climate enthusiasts will say that I refuse to take yes for an answer. Of course I would take yes for an answer. But the Obama-Xi agreement is not yes. It is “check back with me in 16 years.” Aren’t the people advocating this deal the same garment-rending climate apocalypticists who’ve been warning of irreversible planetary changes beginning now, and the supreme imperative of acting immediately?

Except, you see, for China, the world’s No. 1 carbon polluter. China gets a 16-year pass.

[by Charles Krauthammer, writing for The Washington Post]

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Bottom line here: Our lame duck president is even lamer than we imagined. His wonderful deal with China will restrict US industry even further, while it has absolutely no effect on China for 16 years. Any polluting nation would sign a deal like that!

 

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The 9 biggest pants-on-fire whoppers (so far) of the 2014 political campaign…

Outrageous campaign claims...One thing we’ve noticed about the campaign of 2014: There hasn’t been a unifying theme. Candidates around the country have launched a grab bag of talking points in races for Senate, House and governor. In Florida, it’s jobs and education. In Kentucky, it’s coal. In Colorado, it’s abortion and contraception.

When it comes to the grossest distortions — the biggest whoppers of the 2014 midterm campaigns — the topics have been equally varied. When we put together our list, we found claims about the Islamic State, global warming, gun rights and the farm bill.

Here, then, in no particular order are some of the least accurate claims of the 2014 cycle — with days left for the candidates to come up with even more.

TEN ISIS FIGHTERS WERE CAUGHT AT THE US SOUTHERN BORDER (FALSE)

In an interview on Fox News, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., made the startling claim that members of the Islamic State (called ISIS or ISIL) have been caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

“ISIS is coming across the southern border,” Hunter said, adding a moment later: “I know that at least 10 ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the Mexican border in Texas.”

We dug into the evidence and came up with sand. Hunter’s office pointed us to partisan media outlets that used anonymous sources.  Both the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the lead Texas agency for public safety said there were no apprehensions.

3,000 MURDERS HAVE RESULTED FROM LAX US BORDER SECURITY (FALSE)

Greg Abbott, the attorney general of Texas, told a Fox News interviewer that  “We’ve had about 3,000 murders” connected with people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. Abbott is a Republican who leads Democrat Wendy Davis in the race for Texas governor.

Abbott’s number came from counting homicide charges against nonresidents jailed in Texas. But charges aren’t convictions. And, Abbott is counting more than just people who came over the southern border; the numbers include noncitizens residing in the United States legally, as well as people who may have overstayed visas or come into the United States on airlines.

FLORIDA GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT CLOSED 30 WOMEN’S HEALTH CENTERS (FALSE)

Democrats have done a lot of fundraising around claims that Republicans want to restrict abortion and access to birth control. In Florida, Democratic U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel penned a fundraising email that claimed Republican incumbent Gov. Rick Scott “closed 30 women’s health care centers.”

Staffers for Frankel and Democrat Charlie Crist admitted the email was wrong, saying they intended to say Scott had reduced funding for women’s health centers. But even that claim is shaky is best.

GLOBAL WARMING IS A HOAX (FALSE)

We don’t see many candidates who will say straight-up they think global warming is a hoax. One of the few is Lenar Whitney, a candidate for Congress in south Louisiana. In a video, she said that global warming was “the greatest deception in the history of mankind.”

Science proves otherwise. As we’ve long noted, there’s an overwhelming consensus among respected scientists that human-caused global warming is real.

ALASKA SENATE CANDIDATE DAN SULLIVAN APPROVED A SHORTER SENTENCE FOR A SEX OFFENDER WHO WAS THEN CHARGED WITH MURDER (FALSE)

An attack ad from incumbent Democrat Mark Begich in the Alaska U.S. Senate race made the case that his  Republican opponent approved a “light sentence” for a sex offender who got out of prison and is now charged with a gruesome murder and sexual assault.

But the connection to Sullivan just isn’t there. The suspect, who was awaiting trial when the ad aired, did receive a shorter sentence than he was supposed to. But the mistake happened before Sullivan was attorney general. To blame him for it is wrong, and to suggest he approved it is even worse. The Begich campaign cancelled the ad at the request of the victim’s family.

LOUISIANA SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU VOTED TO TAKE AWAY THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS (FALSE)

An ad from the National Rifle Association showed a video of a mom putting a baby to bed and then intruders breaking in. “It happens like that,” a narrator says. “The police can’t get there in time. How you defend yourself is up to you. It’s your choice. But Mary Landrieu voted to take away your gun rights.”

There’s a lot wrong here. First, Congress didn’t take a vote to take away people’s gun rights. On measures to restrict assault weapons, Landrieu, the Democratic incumbent senator, has actually voted with the NRA’s position. When we asked for evidence, the NRA said Landrieu voted to require background checks for firearms purchases at gun shows and for the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Both votes are a far cry from taking away people’s gun rights. And two Republicans who the NRA supports voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor, too.

GEORGIA CANDIDATE MICHELLE NUNN ADMITS SHE FUNDED ORGANIZATIONS TIED TO TERRORISTS (FALSE)

A campaign ad in the U.S. Senate race for Georgia opens with this simple statement: “Michelle Nunn’s own plan says she funded organizations linked to terrorists.”

Nunn used to work for an organization, Points of Light, that directed money to charities. In an internal campaign memo that was leaked to the press, Nunn’s team worried her opponents would make links between Islamic charities and terrorism. That’s a far cry from saying that the Islamic charities actually did have ties to terrorism. The ad was from Republican businessman David Perdue, who’s running against Nunn.

OBAMA HIJACKED THE FARM BILL AND TURNED IT INTO A FOOD STAMP BILL (FALSE)

The farm bill is pretty important in Arkansas, where Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton is challenging incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor for the U.S. Senate. Cotton explained his “no” vote on the farm bill by claiming in a campaign ad that Obama “hijacked the farm bill (and) turned it into a food stamp bill.”

Actually, the farm bill has included food stamps since 1973. It was Cotton and other tea party supporters who tried to take food stamps out of the farm bill, a move that ultimately failed.

CONGRESS INCLUDES 36 PEOPLE ACCUSED OF SPOUSAL ABUSE, 84 PEOPLE ARRESTED FOR DRUNK DRIVING, AND 71 PEOPLE WITH TERRIBLE CREDIT (FALSE)

This one isn’t from a campaign; it’s a Facebook meme passed around by voters who don’t have a high opinion of the body that represents us. The message is set up as a quiz: “Is it the NBA or the NFL that has 36 people accused of spousal abuse, 84 people arrested for drunk driving, 71 people with terrible credit, etc.?)  Neither! It’s Congress!”  Only it isn’t. People may have a low opinion of Congress, but this chain email is at least five years old and it likely wasn’t accurate when it began. It’s certainly not accurate today.

[Published by POLITIFACT]

 

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Take heart, folks…the political ads will all be gone in a couple of weeks, along with at least half of the candidates. (The losers.) Then we can all get back to normal, with our elected representatives and senators calling each other names, instead of just targeting the wannabees.

 

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Antarctic sea ice hits new record for area coverage…

Antarctic sea ice reached record growth levels this season, according to new data released by the National Snow and Ice Data Center on Tuesday.

Officially speaking, the Antarctic reached its winter maximum on September 22 growing to 7.76 million square miles, the largest it’s ever been since record keeping began in the 1970s.

According to The Weather Channel, the record was anticipated, as the last three years have all had increasingly large ice formations. Complementary to this is the reduction in Arctic sea ice at the opposite pole of the last few years. Ice at the North Pole experienced its sixth-lowest formation last month as the South Pole was freezing over at record levels.

“Nearly every day has been a record for that day in the satellite record” this year, said Ted Scambos, a senior scientist with NSIDC.

NBC News reported that the reason sea ice around Antarctica is growing isn’t entirely clear, but scientists have hypothesized that it could be caused by changing wind patterns, or changing melt rates at the continent’s edges — which produces fresher water that freezes at higher temperatures.

Taking a global perspective, NASA scientists said that in terms of climate change the planet is losing ice overall.

“The planet as a whole is doing what was expected in terms of warming. Sea ice as a whole is decreasing as expected, but just like with global warming, not every location with sea ice will have a downward trend in ice extent,” Claire Parkinson, a senior scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, said in one of the organization’s blog posts.

[by Nick Sanchez, writing for NEWSMAX]

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Antarctic sea ice coverage has increased to a record high, and temperatures have decreased, in spite of dire warnings about global warming…

The sea ice coverage around Antarctica recently marked a record high, with the ice surrounding the continent measuring at 2.07 million square kilometers, according to an environmentalist and author who says the ice there has actually been increasing since 1979 despite continued warnings of global warming.

The new record was posted for the first time recently by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s online record, The Cryosphere Today.

It’s not apparent if the record actually occurred on Friday or Saturday, says Harold Ambler on his blog, Talking About the Weather.  [Ambler is a journalist and author of the book “Don’t Sell Your Coat: Surprising Truths About Climate Change.” ]

“The previous record anomaly for Southern Hemisphere sea ice area was 1.840 million square kilometers and occurred on December 20, 2007,” said Ambler. Meanwhile, he pointed out, global sea ice area on Sunday was standing at 0.991 million square kilometers above average, a figure he arrived at by adding anomalies for the North and South hemispheres.

While early models predicted the sea ice would decrease because of global warming, other models are showing that the opposite is happening around Antarctica, where sea ice growth is increasing.

“A freshening of the waters surrounding the southernmost continent as well as the strengthening of the winds circling it were both theorized as explanations for the steady growth of Antarctica’s sea ice during the period of satellite measurement,” said Ambler.

However, he pointed out that climatologists have discounted the importance and growth of the Antarctic sea ice.

According to Walt Meier, formerly of the National Snow and Ice Data Center and currently of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, most of the Antarctic sea ice does not survive between years, and it’s less significant to the Earth’s climate than is the ice around the Arctic.

Meanwhile, Ambler said that the growth of the Antarctic sea ice is providing “a public relations problem, at a minimum, for those warning of the menacing danger of global warming.”

During the past 18 months, global sea ice “has seen its most robust 18-month period of the last 13 years, maintaining, on average, a positive anomaly for an 18-month period for the first time since 2001,” he wrote.

In addition, Ambler said, the South Pole’s temperature has been dropping over the past 40 years.

[by Sandy Fitzgerald, writing for NEWSMAX]
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