Note that the "Express" story below is about winter ice while the Greenies have been gloating about summer ice. Nonetheless, if all the summer loss is replaced in winter the Greenies have only got theory to hang their hats on.
Also note that -- according to paleoclimate research -- the earth never loses its polar ice, not even during eras of extreme global warming. So the whole Greenie gloat is sensationalism, not science.
Note thirdly that the article below is from the mass media but the truth behind it can be seen from the scientific graphs below -- the first of which shows the extent of the antarctic sea ice right now -- which is SUMMER in the Antarctic. Instead of being minimal, the area of ice is greater now than it has ever been in the period graphed.
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The same thing is even clearer in the Anomaly graph ("anomaly" means "deviation from average"):
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And it's not only the Antarctic. The graph below is of the Arctic anomaly. Look at the tail end of it and you will see that after the big melt of 2007, the ice area has popped back up to normal
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The "Express" article:
New evidence has cast doubt on claims that the world's ice-caps are melting, it emerged last night. Satellite data shows that concerns over the levels of sea ice may have been premature. It was feared that the polar caps were vanishing because of the effects of global warming. But figures from the respected US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that almost all the "lost" ice has come back. Ice levels which had shrunk from 13million sq km in January 2007 to just four million in October, are almost back to their original levels. Figures show that there is nearly a third more ice in Antarctica than is usual for the time of year.
The data flies in the face of many current thinkers and will be seized on by climate change sceptics who deny that the world is undergoing global warming.
A photograph of polar bears clinging on to a melting iceberg has become one of the most enduring images in the campaign against climate change. It was used by former US Vice President Al Gore during his Inconvenient Truth lectures about mankind's impact on the world. But scientists say the northern hemisphere has endured its coldest winter in decades. They add that snow cover across the area is at its greatest since 1966.
The one exception is Western Europe, which has - until the weekend when temperatures plunged to as low as -10C in some places - been basking in unseasonably warm weather. The UK has reported one of its warmest winters on record. However, vast swathes of the world have suffered chaos because of some of the heaviest snowfalls in decades. Central and southern China, the USA and Canada were hit hard by snowstorms.
Even the Middle East saw snow, with Jerusalem, Damascus, Amman and northern Saudi Arabia reporting the heaviest falls in years and below-zero temperatures. Meanwhile, in Afghanistan snow and freezing weather killed 120 people.
In Britain the balmy February weather came to an abrupt halt at the weekend as temperatures plunged to -10C in central England. Experts believe that this month could end up as one of the coldest Februaries in Britain in the past 10 years.
The freezing night-time conditions look set to stay around -8C until at least the middle of the week. A Met Office spokesman explained: "There has been little or no cloud cover across England and Wales. So there is a capacity for a fair bit of heat to be able to escape at night. "It has been warmer in Scotland but that's because it has been cloudy there. "Until the weekend the temperatures were in the 14s and 15s, and we will see a return to that later this week, though it will look grey and overcast when the clouds return." But he added that there was little chance of snow. He said: "When the rain comes it will get warmer."
ENVIRONMENTALISM IS RECYCLED COMMUNISM AND NAZISM
By economist George Reisman
Here's the essential common core of hatred and destruction in the doctrines of Communism, Nazism, and Environmentalism. Only the concretes differ, not the fundamental principle of hatred for human life and happiness.
Communism: The pursuit of individual self-interest causes monopolies, depressions, and exploitation of workers by capitalists. It must be replaced by self-sacrifice for the benefit of the working class and the Socialist State. Capitalists and landowners must be exterminated for the benefit of the proletariat.
Nazism: The pursuit of individual self-interest causes racial impurity, national decline, and exploitation of German workers by Jewish capitalists. It must be replaced by self-sacrifice for the good of the Aryan master race and the National Socialist State. Jews, Gypsies, and Slavs must be exterminated for the benefit of the German Nation.
Environmentalism: The pursuit of individual self-interest causes global warming, acid rain, and ozone depletion. It must be replaced by self-sacrifice for the good of other species-our "fellow biota"-and for the good of the planet, under the auspices of international treaties and a nascent Global Socialist State: the UN.
Most of the human race must be exterminated for the benefit of exploited species and the planet. (This is what the environmentalist "extremists" already openly say. The "moderates" merely want to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 90 percent and thereby reduce the American standard of living to that of a third world country, with a third world country's infant mortality and life expectancy
Some comments from others on the above:
I think the Fascist argument has taken a unique angle in this case, which has led to its success. This time, the proposition isn't that industrial civilization is a pox upon the poor but that its very instruments will bring ruin to the rich themselves, their freewheeling practices destroying the very earth that sustains them. Those who don't buy into the notion that capitalism is an evil exploiter of the weak can buy into this, that self-interest demands a revolution in how modern society does business.
I have found even the most unabashed advocates to be momentarily at a loss, however, when reminded in debate that, given how no one claims that even the biggest baddest proposal ever tabled -- Kyoto -- would according to anyone, under any set of assumptions or scenarios, have a detectable impact on climate, the reasonable conclusion is that these proposals aren't actually about a climate emergency, or even the climate. And that another reasonable conclusion is that the only thing that inarguably *would* result -- the attainment of a long-held policy wish-list and assertion of authority -- is what they are about.
Even the wooliest among my counterparts have seemed to shy away from responding "but it's just the first of 30 treaties!" to support their thesis that the sky has been collapsing all around us and it is imperative that we impose a 100-yr plan of billions-of-dollars
Global warming and liberal Fascism?
Fascism, rather than being a right-wing phenomenon as liberals are so fond of claiming, is what underlies today’s liberal agenda. And it is borrowed lock, stock, and barrel from Benito Mussolini’s fascist state and Hitler’s National Socialism, says Jonah Goldberg author of “Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning.”
As the publishers note, the Nazis were socialists who, unlike conservatives, believed in free healthcare and guaranteed jobs. They confiscated inherited wealth, spent vast sums on education, drove religion from the public square replacing it with a new form of paganism, and inserted the power of government into every nook and cranny of daily life.
Goldberg feels that liberals are aligned against the tragic "wrong turn" that society allegedly took when it rejected the beliefs that social and gender roles are not fixed; that tradition, religion and natural law have no binding power or authority over the individual's will to power.
He writes that "nowhere is the idea of the Wrong Turn more starkly expressed in both National Socialist and temporary thought than in environmentalism . Man, liberals insist, has lost his harmony with nature, his way of life is inauthentic, corrupting, unnatural." Liberals demand the world's belief in manmade global warming, despite many learned scientists' contrary opinions.
Environmentalism's most fascist ingredient, Goldberg writes, is that "it is an invaluable `crisis mechanism.' Al Gore constantly insists that global warming is the defining crisis of our time. Skeptics [of bandwagon liberal theories] are labeled traitors, Holocaust deniers, tools of `carbon interests.'"
He recalls how Gore appeared before Congress last year and told them, "the world has a fever" and explained that when your baby has a fever, you "take action. You do what the doctor says." No time to debate, no room for argument. We must go beyond politics.
In practical terms, this means we must surrender to the global nanny state and create the sort of "economic dictatorship" progressives yearn for. Gore's catastrophic global warming alarmism provides the perfect platform for the creation of a global authority that regulates just about every human activity, a prescription for an absolute global dictatorship.
In Nazi Germany, crises were dealt with militantly. Soft measures were not the way to deal with immediate problems, such as what the Nazis defined as the "Jewish question." According to Goldberg "The old critique of the Hebrew disease metastasized into an indictment of what could be called the human disease" - one of environmentalism's chief bugaboos - overpopulation.
One of the defining characteristics of both Italian Fascism and Nazism was their need to use coercion to impose their political and philosophical agendas. It is no accident that the progressive programs advanced by today's liberals all employ coercion of one form or another to implement them.
And here is an example of the Fascism beginning its work
Elections Canada to investigate anti-Kyoto group
Canada's chief electoral officer has been asked to investigate a series of radio ads, funded by an Alberta-based global warming skeptics group, which targeted key markets in vote-rich Ontario during the 2006 federal election.
The ads, which questioned the previous Liberal government's climate change spending and initiatives, aired in five major Ontario markets and were financed through an elaborate system which allowed $200,000 to flow from a 53-year-old charity into a trust account at the University of Calgary.
The account was then used by an anti-Kyoto Protocol group called the Friends of Science.The group was formed a few years ago in Alberta by academics and former oil industry insiders, among others, to challenge Canada's participation in the international Kyoto Protocol, a climate change agreement, and to cast doubt on peer-reviewed research that suggests human activity is causing dangerous changes to the climate and irreversible damage to the earth's ecosystems.
Prominent economist suspicious of Ecofascism too
Jeff Jacoby courageously denounces the hysterical groupthink so prominent in the crusade against global warming ("Hot tempers on global warming," August 15).
I am a global-warming skeptic - not of the science of climate change (for I have no expertise to judge it), but a skeptic of combating climate change with increased government power. Al Gore, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and too many others dismiss the downside of curtailing capitalism in order to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. They write and speak as if the material prosperity that capitalism brings is either not threatened by increased government power, or is of only small importance when compared to the threat of global warming. Truly reasonable people are, and ought to be, skeptical of each of these dogmas.
Donald J. Boudreaux, Chairman, Department of Economics, George Mason University
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