Global warming and cooling are natural phenomena. Mankind can neither cause or impede this, no matter how arrogantly mankind thinks so. Of there are those that will try and convince us all that it is man's activity that has brought on this alleged global warming. Global warming has become a wildly profitable cottage industry for many in the scientific community, gaiaists and assorted others. Jay Lehr looks in to the "adventures" of a couple of the assorted others and why it is utter nonsense.
But if your goal is to frighten the public into thinking humans are causing global warming with potentially catastrophic consequences, there is no shortage of melting glaciers to report upon. By some estimates, 160,000 glaciers exist on Earth. Only 63,000 have been inventoried, and only a few hundred have been studied in the detail described by Braithwaite.Again, you can see here that it is really all about money and keeping the funding rolling in. As I posted, global warming has become a very profitable cottage industry and facts that do not support global warming be damned.
For example, a favorite melting glacier of the global warming activists sits atop Mt. Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania, near the equator. Satellites have been measuring temperatures near its summit for more than 25 years, finding no warming at all, yet the global warmers trot out Kilimanjaro as a poster child for their cause.
A scientific study published in Nature in November 2003 explained that deforestation of the mountain slopes -- not warming temperatures -- explains the melting. But the scaremongers don't particularly care why Kilimanjaro is melting, only that it is. Any other facts get in the way of their lobbying and fund-raising efforts.
In the Arctic Ocean, floating sea ice (as opposed to ice shelves, which generally remain attached to the glacier that produced them) covers on average 14 million to 16 million square kilometers in late winter and 7 million to 9 million square kilometers at the end of summer. In Antarctica, sea ice covers from 17 million to 20 million square kilometers in late winter; only about 3 million to 4 million square kilometers remains at the end of summer.No doubt the MSM will give this duo a good deal of coverage, with all the associated side bars that support alleged global warming. The usual suspects will show up on the news shows, spewing more doom and gloom. Wouldn't be a kick in the ass if we are headed to another ice age? - Sailor
The seasonal sea ice cycle is a natural phenomenon that affects biological habitats and human activities alike. It's important that scientists study and understand the cycle, which is affected a lot more by the sun and the Earth's orbit around it than by human activities.
It's pretty easy, as the Minnesota duo will no doubt show us, to grab a few short-term observations of changes in sea ice or glaciers and allege catastrophic global warming is taking place. The facts are a lot less convenient, as facts often are ... but it's high time the scaremongers and their allies in the media face up to them.