Saturday, September 17, 2016
No logic in claim that Arctic sea ice shows global warming
Doesn't the fact that 2016 levels of Arctic ice are HIGHER than in 2012 indicate RECOVERY from melting? And doesn't the fact that 2016 levels were the same as 2007 simply indicate erratic natural fluctuations from year to year? It certainly does not indicate a steady warming trend
Paul Homewood additionally notes: "2016 ice was the earliest minimum since 1997; This year's extent was 22% above 2012, despite two massive storms; Thickness is way up on 2010 and 2011; We are looking at one of the fastest ice growths in September on record". That too certainly does not indicate a steady warming trend
Arctic sea ice this summer shrank to its second lowest level since scientists started to monitor it by satellite, with scientists saying it is another ominous signal of global warming.
The National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado said the sea ice reached its summer low point on Saturday, extending 1.6 million square miles (4.14 million square kilometers).
That's behind only the mark set in 2012, 1.31 million square miles (3.39 million square kilometers).
Center director Mark Serreze said this year's level technically was 3,800 square miles (10,000 square kilometers) less than 2007, but that's so close the two years are essentially tied.
Even though this year didn't set a record, 'we have reinforced the overall downward trend. There is no evidence of recovery here,' Serreze said.
Serreze said he wouldn't be surprised if the Arctic was essentially ice free in the summer by 2030, something that will affect international security.