"The Arctic Sea Ice Myth"
July 17, 2008
There has been a lot of press lately talking about doomsday and how the polar caps are melting. Actually, there doesn't seem to be any agreement here. Some are saying that the Antarctic is melting and others are saying it's growing. Sometimes even in the same article. However, the crux of the hysteria is that the Arctic polar cap will be gone as early as the summer of 2008 according to the Associated Press. Claims state that this is going to result in all kinds of destruction. The polar bears are either going to starve to death on land or suffer mass drowning at sea, depending on which story you read. Additionally, as the ice melts, the sea levels are going to rise and flood the coast lines. All kinds of animal species are going to die due to man's spreading carbon all over the world. Yes, carbon -- that building block of life -- is now our enemy! Let's look at a few of the gloom and doom scare articles and then discuss reality:
Last-Ditch Resort: Move Polar Bears to Antarctica? (ABC News July 19th 2008)
No, we didn't make this up. It's true. A plan is to move the polar bears to the Antarctic. Has anyone considered that perhaps there is a reason why the polar bears don't live there already? Perhaps its because there is nothing for them to eat there. However, we're sure that the people behind this lunacy must have thought of this. Maybe they plan on moving all the seals down there too. Of course they would have to go down the food chain to make sure the seals have something to eat. Or, these polar eating machines might just decide to eat all the penguins, that coincidently do not currently live in the Arctic where the bears do. Of course, that would result in the extinction of the penguins, thanks to man's meddling. Talk about a mess, not only have we warmed the planet with all our excess carbon, but in our efforts to save the bears -- we're going to kill all the penguins!
On a serious note, Ice extent measured by satellite in the Antarctic has increased and was at record high levels this year. We can only assume from this data that only the Northern Hemisphere is suffering from global warming. Which of course is why moving the bears down there is such a nifty idea!
Global warning: Melting ice threatens Arctic foxes. (guardian.co.uk, UK - Jul 14, 2008)
Having consulted with people who actually live in the Arctic year-round, we can confirm that not only are the arctic foxes not threatened but they are thriving. In fact they have almost reached the level of a nuisance animal in some places freely entering villages and not fearing humans. Everyone up there knows that historically, the population of arctic foxes varies in wide swings based on the food supply. Some years they are everywhere and other years they are more scarce. This cycle has gone on for centuries.
Could it be that there is no net warming, just cyclical swings that have been going on since the beginning of time? The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in an effort to prove global warming claims to track these things and creates all sorts of nebulous computer models designed to make their case. Even their best efforts to pick and choose computer models and data points shows no warming over the last 10 years. Specifically, their data and satellite measurements confirm that there has been no net warming since 1998.
This summer may see first ice-free North Pole (The Associated Press - Jun 27, 2008)
North Pole may have no ice this summer: US expert (AFP - Jun 28, 2008)
According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center:
"Arctic sea ice extent on July 16 stood at 8.91 million square kilometers (3.44 million square miles). While extent was below the 1979 to 2000 average of 9.91 square kilometers (3.83 million square miles), it was 1.05 million square kilometers (0.41 million square miles) above the value for July 16, 2007."
Interesting these facts were not reported in the same articles as the gloom and doom predictions.
Regardless of how the sea ice season turns out, the facts are that this has only been recorded since 1979. We have no clue what the sea ice levels were 50, 100, 1000 or 10,000 years ago. Sea ice in the Arctic has declined significantly since measurements began in 1979. However 1979 was at the end of the coldest period in the Arctic since the mid 1920's. Therefore, we really can't honestly claim this is the result of man-made global warming. The reality is probably closer to this being some earthly cycle that has been repeating itself on this planet for eons. To say that 29 yearly data points out of millions of years is somehow statistically significant is at best foolish and at worst deception on a grand scale.
Historical evidence shows that late summer sea-ice in the Arctic was very thin and even non existent for thousands of years after the end of the last ice age. But somehow the polar bear survived.
Note: October 15, 2008 - It turns out the sea ice did not melt away and that a new record was not reached in 2008 as predicted by the "experts". Sea ice in 2008 was greater than 2007.
Turning a cold shoulder to polar bear truth (Seattle Post Intelligencer - Jun 22, 2008)
The author of this article, in an effort to make the polar bear seem larger than life, states that "Male polar bears have measured more than 1,700 pounds, while the "average" adult male weighs 1,000. By contrast, grizzly bears in the neighboring Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, eating roots and berries and digging out squirrels, average about 400 pounds."
What he doesn't mention is that the brown bears (grizzlies) in southern Alaska, that feast on salmon all summer, also grow to these huge sizes. His comment is a testimony to the adaptability of the brown bear. Where there is abundant food, it thrives and grows to massive sizes. Where there is less food, it thrives by not growing to gigantic sizes, thereby requiring less food to survive. Using the polar bear hysteria logic the brown bears up north should all be extinct because they don't have a salmon food supply to fatten them up. Do we see them migrating to the south because they are starving? No -- because they are perfectly content where they are.
So what conclusion can we draw from this? Even if all the sea ice melts (which is really not going to happen) the polar bear, just like the brown bear, is likely to adapt to reduced food supplies by growing smaller and seeking other sources of food to survive. The raw facts are that there are more polar bears today than in the last 100 years. No objective or rational person can believe that they are just going to go away anytime soon. The climate has been changing since the earth was formed and will continue to do so until it's last days. Animal species have come and gone through no fault of man since the beginning of time and will continue to do so. If the polar bear were to eventually fade away, it would join the ranks of millions of species before it and there would be nothing man could do to stop it.
These majestic creatures are just another pawn of the global warming fanatics. Those who want to take from the poor and give to the rich.
is still not above 0°C – the latest date in fifty years of record
keeping - (wattsupwiththat.com
- June 25, 2009)
average arctic temperature is still not above (take your pick) 32°F 0°C
273.15°K–this the latest date in fifty years of record keeping that this
has happened. Usually it is beginning to level off now and if it does
so, it will stay near freezing on average in the arctic leading to still
less melting than last summer which saw a 9% increase in arctic ice than
Polar bear expert
barred by global warmists (Telegraph.co.uk
- June 27, 2009)
the coming days a curiously revealing event will be taking place in
Copenhagen. Top of the agenda at a meeting of the Polar Bear Specialist
Group (set up under the International Union for the Conservation of
Nature/Species Survival Commission) will be the need to produce a
suitably scary report on how polar bears are being threatened with
extinction by man-made global warming."
one of the world's leading experts on polar bears has been told to stay
away from this week's meeting, specifically because his views on global
warming do not accord with those of the rest of the group."
Mitchell Taylor has been researching the status and management of polar
bears in Canada and around the Arctic Circle for 30 years, as both an
academic and a government employee. More than once since 2006 he has
made headlines by insisting that polar bear numbers, far from
decreasing, are much higher than they were 30 years ago. Of the 19
different bear populations, almost all are increasing or at optimum
levels, only two have for local reasons modestly declined."
of the global warming fanatics bent on destroying civilization as we
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