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Arctic Sea Ice Re-Freezing at Record Pace

December 21, 2007

Well this article certainly is an interesting read. Not only because of it’s subject matter, but also because you can almost feel how much it pained the author to write it:

Arctic Sea Ice Re-Freezing at Record Pace

The record melting of Arctic sea ice observed this summer and fall led to record-low levels of ice in both September and October, but a record-setting pace of re-freezing in November, according to the NASA Earth Observatory. Some 58,000 square miles of ice formed per day for 10 days in late October and early November, a new record.

emphasis mine.

First up, the sub-headline of the article:
After Record Summer Melt, Recovery Still Lags

So we have a record freeze after a record melt, but it still lags.

Then we have the browser title for the article:


So even though we have a record freeze, its a slow freeze. Does any else get the impression that steps are being taking to put as much negative spin on this as possible?

How about this quote:

Still, so much ice melted that the fabled Northwest passage opened for the first time in history, and the melting broke a record, set just two years ago and by a country mile, that at the time was seen as unprecedented and worrying.

again, emphasis mine.

This statement is so inaccurate that it’s close to being an outright lie. ‘For the first time in history’? Really? Lets take a look at the wikipdedia article on the Northwest Passage. Here’s a key quote:

On August 21, 2007 the Northwest Passage became open to ships without the need of an icebreaker. According to Nalan Koc of the Norwegian Polar Institute this is the first time it has been clear since they began keeping records in 1972.

1972? That’s how far the records go back? Thats it? Well that’s not a very good scientific sample (neither is wikipedia, but thats another topic). Hopefully data that started in 1972 isn’t what the author based their ‘First time in history’ statement on.

edit: I started writing this entry a few days ago… before most of the accompanying comments were posted. I think it’s amusing how closely the latest comment reflects my thoughts:

This must have been a painful article for the reporter to write. He just couldn’t bring himself to face the facts that maybe we are witnessing a very natural, long term process of the earth “being the earth.” According to ship’s records, the northwest passage has been ice free many times in the past. It takes a lot of nerve to play that old “first time in history” card.

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One Comment
  1. Most of the dooms sayers don’t take into normal fluctuations over time. The Earth is approximately 4.5 billion years old. To put this in perspective of a human life span, a person who lived to be 80 years old would only a little over 2.5 billion seconds. (If I did my math right.) What happens to the Earth in a year is equal to about .5 seconds of a human life.

    Geology shows us that there have been tremendous climatic changes over time. To rise to the level of panic that so many have over current climatic changes is absurd. I’m all for minimizing pollution, etc. But, is Instapundit says I’ll start acting like it’s a crisis when those who say it’s a crisis start acting like it es.

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