Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Reference: Effects of Arctic warming seen as widespread, Bangkok Post, October 7, 2009
The article on Arctic ice (Effects of Arctic warming seen as widespread, Bangkok Post, October 7, 2009) is based on a paper published in 2008 and that paper was based on data taken in 2007 at a time when the annual summer melt was more extensive than normal. The deep summer melt of 2007 had encouraged global warmists to claim the melt as a dramatic effect and therefore proof of global warming, and also to make a forecast that Arctic ice would not fully recover in the following winter, and that therefore there would be less and less ice each successive summer until the Arctic became ice free in 2012. It has not worked out that way. The summer melt of 2008 was not greater than that in 2007 but less and the melt in 2009 was lesser yet. The ice made a full recovery in both 2007 nd 2008 and it looks like it will do it again in 2009. Although the data are moving exactly contrary to the forecasts of 2007, these forecasts and their fear factor continue to re-surface in the media as if 2008 and 2009 had not yet happened.