Thursday, April 30, 2015

An inconvenient truth.

Arctic melting?

Not so much.

//It wasn’t long ago that David Barber, Canada’s Research Chair in Arctic System Science at the University of Manitoba, warned there was almost no multi-year ice left in the Northern Hemisphere.

“We are almost out of multiyear sea ice in the northern hemisphere,” he told Canada’s Parliament in 2009. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my 30 years of working in the high Arctic … it was very dramatic.”

Arctic sea ice extent that year was at its third-lowest extent on record, behind 2007 and 2008, and experts were saying there would be no polar ice during the summer by 2030 for the first time in one million years.

“I would argue that, from a practical perspective, we almost have a seasonally ice-free Arctic now, because multiyear sea ice is the barrier to the use and development of the Arctic,” Barber said.

But such predictions have fallen flat, as the Arctic has seen a resurgence of multi-year ice since 2009.

NSIDC and European satellite data show that multi-year sea ice made a big comeback in 2013 and 2014 — increasing from 2.25 to 3.17 million square kilometers during that time and making up 43 percent of the north pole’s ice pack.

In fact, Arctic sea ice extent as a whole seems to be stabilizing despite this year’s record low maximum in February. NSIDC data shows Arctic sea ice extent is currently within the normal range based on the 1981 to 2010 average extent.

“Global sea ice is at a record high, another key indicator that something is working in the opposite direction of what was predicted,” Dr. Benny Peiser, director of the Global Warming Policy Forum, told the U.K. Express in January.

“Most people think the poles are melting… they’re not,” he said. “This is a huge inconvenience that reality is now catching up with climate alarmists, who were predicting that the poles would be melting fairly soon.”//

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