Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Reference: Warming trend is clear, Bangkok Post, December 9, 2009
It is reported that the summer melt of Arctic ice was the third most extensive on record in 2009, second 2008, and the most extensive on record in 2007; and that these data show that our carbon dioxide emissions are causing Arctic ice to gradually diminish until it will be gone altogether ( Warming trend is clear, Bangkok Post, December 9, 2009).
In fact, the data show the exact opposite. If the claimed trend were correct, Arctic ice would not have fully recovered after the 2007 summer melt and the 2008 and 2009 summer melts would have been progressively greater not less. For the argument in the article to hold water, the 2009 autumn ice extent needs to be the lowest on record with 2008 the second lowest and 2007 the third lowest; and in fact this is what the IPCC had predicted in 2007, but that is not what happened.
The case against carbon dioxide is not clear but murky and sinister.