According to recent posts in the Denialosphere1 the Arctic ice is well on it’s way to a full recovery.
Here are a few examples, Anthony Watts Arctic sea ice continues rebound, Another Global Warming Hoax Deconstructed “a gigantic 30 per cent increase in Arctic sea ice coverage”,74 Years Since Oct Snowfalls – Deprogramming Global Warming “the Arctic ice extent was 30 per cent greater”, but the meme is hardly limited to them. Just fire up your favourite search engine to see how wide spread this Denier meme is.
One gets the impression that the Arctic can return to work any day now. Is that what’s actually happening? Of course not, it’s the Denialosphere. I’ve blogged about their attempt to spin this one before, but let’s see what they are up to now.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Arctice Report Card 2008 “There continues to be widespread and, in some cases, dramatic evidence of an overall warming of the Arctic system.” Science Daily reports Arctic Sea Ice Is Suddenly Getting Thinner As Well As Receding.
The best and most recent analysis would be Tamino’s Northern Ice; perhaps a little technical for some, but definitely worth a look. Certainly anyone wanting to understand what is really going on needs to read his piece. The graphs of the data say it all.
So how is Watts getting his impressive rebound of ice to “normal’ conditions?
Simple, for a comparative baseline he is using the average of 1979-2007, ie the average under three decades
of climate change. In other words he is defining as “normal” an area that is about half of what the ice had been in 1979.
On the one hand it makes moderate sense if you are a Denier not to factor in ice loss due to climate change – why correct for something you claim does not exist?
On the other hand you would think someone wishing to demonstrate that climate change truly isn’t happening would be eager to show that there has been no meaningful change over the last 30 years. Well, I am certain they would be eager to show that, the problem is that they can’t.
Well, does anything else need to be said?
Of course it is understandable that the Deniers missed it. It only on all of the Arctic research sites, the science blogs
- DeSmogBlog New satellite data shows arctic ice at historic minimum
- A Few Things Illconsiderd The other Arctic sea ice loss
- Climate Change On the Arctic sea ice
- Hot Topic In the heat of the (Arctic) night
the mainstream media
- Reuters Man-made climate change seen in Antarctica, Arctic
- Telegraph UK Arctic ice thickness drops by up to 19 per cent
- MSNBC Dramatic evidence’ of Arctic melt, experts warn
- allvoices Arctic Ice is Melting too Fast to Recover!
- geneticliving.com Arctic sea ice thinning at record rate
and of course H.E. Taylor’s invaluable site
… but other than that it is almost impossible to find any mention of it.
Denier “Challenge” aka Deathwatch Update: Day 30 … still no evidence.
1As I discuss here I do not use the term “Denier” to refer to all climate change doubters. Those who thoughtfully and intelligently address the facts I call ’skeptics’.
Those who irrationally deny the existence of the science and instead propagate the lies and distortions such as those discussed above and linked to the right under “Debunking Denier Nonsense” are “Deniers”.
The choice of the correct term is based on their actions, not their conclusions.