Arctic Ice Cap Growing at Tremendous Rate

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Six years ago, the BBC reported that the Arctic, due to global warming, would be ice-free by this summer. That, clearly, has not happened. What has happened, instead, is that the Arctic ice cap has grown at a tremendous rate, by almost a million square miles. In other words, it has grown by a whopping 60%, due to constantly repeating periodic ocean cycles.

What explains the rapid growth of the Arctic ice cap?

The Arctic summer has been a chillier than usual one, which has helped the ice cap rebound from its record low just a year ago in 2012.

This is the time of the year when the fall refreeze of the ice occurs, but already, an ice sheet that is over half the size of Europe extends between the Canadian Islands to the northern shores of Russia.

Pack-ice has blocked the Northwest Passage the entire year. Over 20 yachts that had planned to traverse it haven’t been able to, as they’ve been left ice-bound. Some of the yachts are stuck at the passage’s eastern end located in Prince Regent Inlet. The other yachts are stuck at Cape Bathurst, further to the west.

Icebreakers, according to shipping experts, of the Canadian coastguard are probably the only way these yachts can be freed from the ice.  One cruise ship which tried to make it through had to give up its attempt due to the ice blocking the passage.

Now, instead of scientists being concerned about global warming, some believe that the Earth is entering into a cooling period that might not end until possibly 2050 or so.

Their has been, according to The Mail, a “pause” in global warming that started in the year 1997. Computer models did not or could not predict this pause and the cooling trend that has now begun.

Then, in March, The Mail reported the world-wide temperature drop that was going to occur,  that is going  on today.

Because of predictions by scientists of global warming, billions of dollars have been diverted to implement “green” measures.

If these predictions are flawed, as they now appear to be, the money that has been spent on these green measures has potentially actually increased the rate of the cooling trend that the world is going through today.

Professor Peter Wadhams, an expert at Cambridge University, said of global warming “This is not a cycle; not just a fluctuation. In the end, it will all just melt away quite suddenly.”

This rapid change in the world’s climate caused the climate change body of the UN to call a crisis meeting.

The Fifth Assessment Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was supposed to be published this October, but documents which have been linked indicate that governments of the countries which fund and support the IPCC want there to be over 1,500 changes made, as the three-volume report doesn’t explain the global pause.

Two  questions need to be answered, the first one being how high the temperatures will increase  along with the rising carbon dioxide levels; the second being how much of the global warming has been caused by the natural variability compared to human greenhouse emissions.

According to Professor Judith Curry “it’s now clear that the models are way too sensitive to carbon dioxide.”

Other contributing factors that should have been taken more into account, she says, are long-term cycles in the temperatures of the world’s oceans. These suggested that the Earth might be entering into a period like that from 1965-1975, when the world cooled to such an extent that some scientists declared an ice age was imminent.

One professor who did not neglect to investigate the way that ocean cycles influence climate was Professor Anastasios Tsonis, of the University of Wisconsin. According to Tsonis:

We are already in a cooling trend, which I think will continue for the next 15 years at least. There is no doubt the warming of the 1980s and 1990s has stopped.

“The IPCC claims its models show a pause of 15 years can be expected. But that means that after only a very few years more, they will have to admit they are wrong.”

Despite being confronted by evidence to the contrary, the IPCC still has as one of its main tenets that the Arctic ice is going to disappear.

Evidence has been uncovered by climate historians about a massive ice melt in the decades of the 1920s and 30s, after which were periods of intense re-freezes. But, the IPCC seems content to ignore such evidence.

The continued spread of the Arctic ice cap at such a tremendous rate seems to indicate that the contribution humans have made to global warming, while not beneficial for the environment, is not as crucial to the Earth’s climate as is the nature of repeating ocean cycles.

 

Written by: Douglas Cobb

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38 Responses to Arctic Ice Cap Growing at Tremendous Rate

  1. Terry June 2, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Funny that all you can do is criticize the use of the word there or their. Might want to do a little research on the author of this article. Former teacher with Multiple advanced degrees and author of several books. Looks like a spell check error on the use of there. Probably the software that changed it. Do you have a real fact based opinion or are you just smug? Feel welcome to critique my writing as well.it really is annoying when people choose to be so small minded and find the most innocuous reason to criticize someone with an opposing viewpoint.

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  2. Bob Rollins May 14, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Bob Rollins
    May 14. 2014
    We know the Ice Age is cyclic. So is the stellar orbiting of the moon, Earth, and all the other planets. So why do we not think about our Sun orbiting around the Milky-way galaxy?
    Could we not have season on that orbit? Then our Ice age could be a galactic winter. I suspect other galactic weather patterns as our solar system orbits the galaxy. Since we don’t understand it we tend to speculate and blame things we understand a little better. But we miss the mark I fear…

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  3. kmca779 May 13, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Wait… You’re talking about SEASONAL ICE, and surface ice at that! Of course it’s going to get bigger during the winter, during the summer that 60% will all melt. Just like an outdoor pool will have the top freeze here during most winters, that’s not a reversal of climate… it’s called winter.

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  4. firefly12mal March 28, 2014 at 11:41 am

    The plain truth is; Climate change is a lot more complex than the government (of whatever country you are in) or the IPCC understands. Their models only take into account the things they want to take into account and ignore things that are inconvenient. How long have the IPCC actually been studying this issue? 20 years? 30 years? Have they considered the last several million? How do they know this isn’t part of a normal process? Computers can only give results based on the information you give them. If you give the computer model flawed or incomplete information it will give you a flawed or incomplete result. Tell it what you want the result to be and bingo, global warming. Someone is getting very rich of all the taxes that are being collected, but is it doing any good? Is it even possible to correct an issue that may or may not be humans fault? Keep asking questions. Keep searching.

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  5. Edward Coulter March 12, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    And youknwo how long it took to create the universe etc.? It sure did not happen by itself. Complexity is beyond imagining. I am interested in what’s going on but am not concerned. Why are you? What difference does it make? Typically, declining arctic ice means increasing antarctic ice and that’s what I read is happening. So what?

    A warmer earth would be far more productive biologically according to studies of super ancient times when huge amounts of carbon accumulated as coal. And BTW why did carbon build up, why did it not rot as usual? There is so much we don’t know yet blithely think that a little CO2 is a disaster in the making? CO2 is a minor greenhouse gas and yet is the focus of all the fuss. Water vapour is the big one. And nobody criticise my spelling of vapour, I’m Canadian. Find another word instead, I’m bound to make a few spelling mistakes.

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  6. Sean February 27, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    It is very hard to take seriously any article written by a purported news organisation where the distinction between “there” and their” is missed. It leads one to question where else corners are being cut.

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