More stories this week about evidence which appears to suggest a counter-trend about climate change. I’m not an expert on these issues, and there may be good reasons why these trends are showing up, but at the very least there’s further evidence that global warmists will not fuss about bending or distorting the truth when it helps them get their message out. See the following quotes from the UK’s Daily Telegraph:

Sea ice cover had shrunk to the lowest level ever recorded. But for some reason the warmists are less keen on the latest satellite findings, reported by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on the website Cryosphere Today by the University of Illinois.

This body is committed to warmist orthodoxy and contributes to the work of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Yet its graph of northern hemisphere sea ice area, which shows the ice shrinking from 13,000 million sq km to just 4 million from the start of 2007 to October, also shows it now almost back to 13 million sq km.

Still more inconvenient was the truth about an image that has been relentlessly exploited to promote this panic over the “vanishing” Arctic ice. It is the photograph of two polar bears standing forlornly on the fast-melting remains of an iceberg which has been reproduced thousands of times to show that there will soon be no bears left (ignoring evidence that their numbers have risen recently).

and Newsmax:

Are the world’s ice caps melting because of climate change, or are the reports just a lot of scare mongering by the advocates of the global warming theory?

Scare mongering appears to be the case, according to reports from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that reveal that almost all the allegedly “lost” ice has come back. A NOAA report shows that ice levels which had shrunk from 5 million square miles in January 2007 to just 1.5 million square miles in October, are almost back to their original levels.

It would be nice if this would get some mainstream coverage, even if only to point out that these findings are not as counter-cyclical as they appear.

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  1. Timothy Birdnow Says:

    I don`t agree that Global Warming is caused by greenhouse gas emissions, but I will say this about the issue of increasing ice; that is to be expected in a warming trend whether it is caused by GHG`s or increased solar activity. Global Warming means more evaporation from the oceans, and in the polar regions this will fall as snow which will thicken the pack ice.

    The GW crowd was using the reduction in ice on the Amundson Ice Shelf and the Antarctic peninsula to “prove“ their pet theory. If they hadn`t backed themselves into a corner with that, they could use this increase in ice to argue that the world is warming; all of their models predicted that would happen-but then so do the models based on direct solar forcing.

    All it means is that, yes, the Earth has warmed a whopping 1* in the last century. It in no way verifies the theory that CO2 and methane are driving the planet into an emergency.

    Oh, and it should be pointed out that, according to Smith et al, there was no increase in percipitation in the South Pacific between 1979 and 2004 despite the warming of the `80`s and `90`s. http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2007/05/noahs_flood_cancelled.html

    On average we have seen no warming since 1999, despite the numerous “hottest on record“ shrillness from hysterics and the media.