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Where’s the warming? Politics not science driving climate change hysteria

The Daily Mail looks at what is driving the climate change debate, and it isn’t science:

For years, computer simulations have predicted that sea ice should be disappearing from the Poles.

Now, with the news that Antarctic sea-ice levels have hit new highs, comes yet another mishap to tarnish the credibility of climate science.

Climatologists base their doom-laden predictions of the Earth?s climate on computer simulations.

But these have long been the subject of ridicule because of their stunning failure to predict the pause in warming ? nearly 18 years long on some measures ? since the turn of the last century.

Not a single simulation has come close to mapping real life evidence…the science is wonky, at least in the models that predicted doom and destruction.

It?s the same with sea ice. We hear a great deal about the decline in Arctic sea ice, in line with or even ahead of predictions.

But why are environmentalists and scientists so much less? keen to discuss the long-term increase in the southern hemisphere?

In fact, across the globe, there are about one million square kilometres more sea ice than 35 years ago, which is when satellite measurements began.

It?s fair to say that this has been something of an embarrassment for climate modellers. But it doesn?t stop there.

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The cognitive dissonance of the media on climate change

There has been no global warming now for 17 years and nine months.


According to the RSS satellite data, whose value for April 2014 is just in, the global warming trend in the 17 years 9 years since August 1996 is zero. The 212 months without global warming represents more than half the 423-month satellite data record, which began in January 1979. No one now in high school has lived through global warming.

Add to that this chart of sea ice extent where the Antarctic sea ice extent is growing and well outside, not just the average extent for 1981-2010 but now way more than 2 standard deviations.

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Mark Steyn on the Ship of Fools

Mark Steyn comments on the hapless Ship of Fools in his latest column.

Yes, yes, just to get the obligatory ?of courses? out of the way up front: of course ?weather? is not the same as ?climate?; and of course the thickest iciest ice on record could well be evidence of ?global warming?, just as 40-and-sunny and a 35-below blizzard and 12 degrees and partly cloudy with occasional showers are all apparently manifestations of ?climate change?; and of course the global warm-mongers are entirely sincere in their belief that the massive carbon footprint of their rescue operation can be offset by the planting of wall-to-wall trees the length and breadth of Australia, Britain, America and continental Europe.

But still: you?d have to have a heart as cold and unmovable as Commonwealth Bay ice not to be howling with laughter at the exquisite symbolic perfection of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition ?stuck in our own experiment?, as they put it. I confess I was hoping it might all drag on a bit longer and the cultists of the ecopalypse would find themselves drawing straws as to which of their number would be first on the roasting spit. On Douglas Mawson?s original voyage, he and his surviving comrade wound up having to eat their dogs. I?m not sure there were any on this expedition, so they?d probably have to make do with the?Guardian?reporters. Forced to wait a year to be rescued, Sir Douglas later recalled, ?Several of my toes commenced to blacken and fester near the tips.? Now there?s a man who?s serious about reducing his footprint.

But alas, eating one?s shipmates and watching one?s extremities drop off one by one is not a part of today?s high-end eco-doom tourism. Instead, the ice-locked warmists uploaded chipper selfies to YouTube, as well as a self-composed New Year singalong of such hearty un-self-awareness that it enraged even such party-line climate alarmists as Andrew Revkin, the plonkingly earnest enviro-blogger of the?New York Times. A mere six weeks ago, pumping out the usual boosterism, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that, had Captain Scott picked his team as carefully as Professor Chris Turney, he would have survived. Sadly, we?ll never know ? although I?ll bet Captain Oates would have been doing his ?I am going out. I may be some time? line about eight bars into that New Year number. ? Read more »

Planting trees won’t cut it, how about some hard cash from the Ship of Fools

The carbon footprint for the ill-fated Ship of Fools Antarctic expedition of warmist scientists that were trapped in thick sea ice in high summer just keeps on growing.

Now a US ice-breaker is being sent to rescue the Russian ship and the Chinese ice-breaker that has also become trapped. The Herald on Sunday reports.

A United States Coast Guard vessel will attempt to bash through the Antarctic ice trapping Russian research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy and the ship which had tried to rescue it, the Xue Long.

Akademik Shokalskiy became stuck in thick pack ice in Commonwealth Bay, some 3000km southwest of Bluff, on Christmas, Eve.

The 52 passengers, including six New Zealanders, spent eight days trapped before a helicopter from the Chinese ship the Xue Long transferred them to Australian vessel Aurora Australis, which is now making its way to Australian Antarctica base Casey Station.

But the Xue Long’s attempt to manoeuvre through the ice were unsuccessful and it is now also beset by ice.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said today that the US Coast Guard would make its icebreaker Polar Star available to assist the two stricken vessels.

The Polar Star had been en route to Antarctica since December 3 to clear a shipping channel in McMurdo Sound to the National Science Foundation’s scientific research station.

The Polar Star would go on to do this after the rescue attempt, the AMSA said. ?? Read more »

Aussie warmists on missions to prove global warming exists have a habit of needing to be rescued

With the rescue of the Ship of Fools underway it is perhaps timely to re-visit the story of another warmist who needed rescuing from the ice.

Back in 2010 it was Tom Smitheringale who needed rescuing as global warming bit him on the arse. Along with a few others.

TOM Smitheringale wanted to prove the world was warming. Now he’s another alarmist with frostbite.

The 40-year-old from Perth planned to be the first Australian to trek unassisted to the North Pole, but announced he’d raise some consciousness along the way.

As he wrote on his website: “Part of the reason Tom’s One Man Epic is taking place now is because of the effect that global warming is having on the polar ice caps.”

Indeed, he wanted to see the North Pole while it was still there: “Some scientists have even estimated that the polar ice cap will have entirely melted away by 2014!”

But Antarctica isn’t melting away, and Arctic ice has slowly increased since its big low in 1997.

But no one seems to have told Tom, who soon found his extremities freezing.

Two weeks ago he nearly called off his trek after suffering excruciating pain in his fingers and thumbs, forcing him to call in emergency help.? Read more »

So fake and far fetched it’s frickin’ funny: The fraud of emotive campaigning

I was watching TV last night and saw an ad come on which I started thinking was a bit of a piss take. Turns out I was right, even if the effect it had wasn’t intentional. This ad by Greenpeace encapsulates almost everything I hate about the communist? socialist? Green movement. One thing I can’t stand is emotive campaigning which is so often used by the far left, and captures so many of those targeted people who have trouble keeping their emotions in check over rational thought and logical common sense. These are the kind of tactics that could get a potential left wing government into power. ?Not so much the major party, but the coattail riders like the Green Party whom would be required to get the numbers. To get those numbers isn’t too hard, just throw around a bit of emotional abuse to make people feel guilty about something that never has, or never will happen, BINGO: there goes your votes.

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Has Chris Turney become the Black Knight of the Climate Change industry?

This story just gets funnier and funnier.

Andrew Bolt dubbed climate scientist Chris Turney “The Black Knight” after this epic ‘explaining is losing’ explanation of why climate change and global warming is responsible for his chartered ship of fools being stuck in thick ice.

The leader of a scientific expedition whose ship remains stranded in Antarctic ice says the team, which set out to prove climate change, is “stuck in our own experiment.”? Read more »

Ice free Antarctic? Not likely anytime soon

NASA has announced a new record growth of the Antarctic Sea Ice extent.

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Whenever the ice at the North and South Pole is mentioned, it is mostly in the context of melting ice triggered by global warming. However, the sea ice in Antarctica ? in contrast to that in the Arctic ? has proved to be remarkably robust. New measurements have now confirmed that. As the U.S. space agency NASA announced, the sea ice in the Antarctic has extended over an area of ??19.47 million square meters at the end of September. That is the highest since measurements began in 1979.? Read more »

Ice free Arctic isn’t, another prediction fail for warming alarmists

Al Gore and Tim Flannery and most of the world’s media shamelessly predicted that the ice would be all gone from the Arctic by this year.

It hasn’t gone, in fact that has been a massive?recovery in the extent of Arctic ice, which alarmists warned would happen.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) ? International Arctic Research Center (IARC) ? Click the pic to view at source

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) ? International Arctic Research Center (IARC) ? Click the pic to view at source

Antarctic Sea Ice hits 35 year high


Contrary to the claims of the green taliban, the IPCC, assorted lefty causes, the mainstream media and David Farrar there is now more sea ice in Antarctica than for the last 35 years.

I have to wonder…who are the deniers now?

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.? Read more »