24 September 2013

Ice increases at both poles

A couple of weeks ago I posted a report indicating that the arctic ice cap - the one in the north - had increased by some 1,000,000 square miles, an increase of 60% over the previous year, following predictions that by this time this year there would be no ice at all at the north pole.

Today the Washington Post reports that the amount of ice in the antarctic - in the south - has increased two years in a row and is now at highest level in 35 years:
Antarctic sea ice has grown to a record large extent for a second straight year, baffling scientists seeking to understand why this ice is expanding rather than shrinking in a warming world.
On Saturday, the ice extent reached 19.51 million square kilometers, according to data posted on the National Snow and Ice Data Center Web site.  That number bested record high levels set earlier this month and in 2012 (of 19.48 million square kilometers). Records date back to October 1978.
Remember: With their computer models, scientists cannot accurately predict the weather three days out; why should we believe them and their computer models when they try to predict the weather thirty years out?

Though the temperature of the southern waters is increasing, so, too, is the level of ice, despite the warnings and models of scientists, for which they have no explanation.  Still, against the evidence, they still continue to insist on melting ice:
If the increase in ice is due to natural variability, Zhang says, warming from manmade greenhouse gases should eventually overcome it and cause the ice to begin retreating.
“If the warming continues, at some point the trend will reverse,” Zhang said.
The inconvenient truth is that their theory seems simply to be wrong.  Under normal circumstances, this would cause a scientist to change his hypothesis and continue along the path of actual science; however, when your hypothesis is founded not on science but on politics and ideology, such a change is impossible.

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