Saturday, August 7, 2010

Ice melts in summer shock!

You have to hand it to the BBC, they're still trying to find ways to promote the global warming man made climate change scam. Completely ignoring the freezing weather in the southern hemisphere, they're concentrating on the Russian drought and now the fact that a large ice sheet has broken off in the height of summer in Greenland.

BBC.
A giant sheet of ice measuring 260 sq km (100 sq miles) has broken off a glacier in Greenland, according to researchers at a US university.
The block of ice separated from the Petermann Glacier, on the north-west coast of Greenland.
It is the largest Arctic iceberg to calve since 1962, said Prof Andreas Muenchow of the University of Delaware.
The ice could become frozen in place over winter or escape into the waters between Greenland and Canada.
If the iceberg moves south, it could interfere with shipping, Prof Muenchow said.
Cracks in the Petermann Glacier had been observed last year and it was expected that an iceberg would calve from it soon.
The glacier is 1,000 km (620 miles) south of the North Pole.
A researcher at the Canadian Ice Service detected the calving from Nasa satellite images taken early on Thursday, the professor said.
The images showed that Petermann Glacier lost about one-quarter of its 70km-long (43-mile) floating ice shelf.
There was enough fresh water locked up in the ice island to "keep all US public tap water flowing for 120 days," said Prof Muenchow.
He said it was not clear if the event was due to global warming.
The first six months of 2010 have been the hottest on record globally, scientists have said.
Thousands of icebergs calve off Greenland's glaciers annually, but they are seldom so large.
You can almost feel the desperation in the report, despite one of the coldest 6 months with freezing weather all over, it was apparently the warmest 6 months on record. Hell summer didn't really kick into the UK till June, the USA has record blizzards, oh and the Antarctic ice sheets keep on grown and the Arctic icesheets stopped melting, but apparently that was just "weather" not climate change, which is different and only happens when it meets the consensus of the green religion.
They really are getting desperate and they really do think some of us are stupid.

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tris said...

And Scotland is still waiting for Spring to arrive... in August. It's cold here today. So there is certainly no global warming around my way.

There's no such thing as Global Warming. It's probably big business trying to con us into buying air conditioning.

If Greenland is getting warmer great. It should boost their tourism figures now that they are all but independent... and I might think about emigrating there.

It's preferable to freezing to death in the middle of the Scottish summer.

William said...

Greenland was 'discovered' by the Vikings who settled there and managed to grow crops that could sustain them through the winter.

Nothing like real history for getting in the way of scams is there.

More here
http://www.dwfisher.com/watching/2009/12/al-gore-skating-on-thin-ice.html

tris said...

In fairness, by "natural" climate change Greenland did grow a lot colder; the few easily obtained natural resources ran out; the livable area of Greenland which is still tiny (mainly along the south and west coasts) got narrower as the ice encroached and most of the population died.

It has been getting warmer over the last 20 - 30 years. There seems to be a climate change situation going on there... my issue is that it is a natural one and nothing to do with people buring fossil fuel.

That's not to say that the pollution and over population isn't another problem, but the key word is ANOTHER.

Al Gore of course will have an agenda. He's obscenely rich. (I imagine the electricity he uses to power his house could run a small town in Greenland!) Show me a man in his position who doesn't have a lying, cheating, me me me agenda!!

Furor Teutonicus said...

It is the largest Arctic iceberg to calve since 1962, said Prof Andreas Muenchow of the University of Delaware.

Aha. So it was JUST as warm in 1962 then?

Not doing TOO bad are we, if climate has actually gone DOWN, using this prats own statement, until this year, when we have had a small blip upwards again. Or has there?

Even glaciers, no matter HOW cold the weather is, do NOT live forever. Pieces break off. That is wha the Atlantic is basically ICE FREE!

tris said...

No it's not Furor. In general terms Greenland is warming up, farming is taking off large. A friend of mine is working at the University in Nuuk, and his contacts with Greenlanders suggests that this is true. But it's slight and all quite within variences of weather that have been seen in the past. As is the cold dismal Scottish weather, with the wettest July on record just ahving been announced.

As my grandmother used to say to me when I was a kid..."little boys who tell lies grow up to be weather men."

I'm in this for the discussion. I don't think that sneering at other comments and calling a professor of climatology a prat takes discussions much farther forward, so I'll leave you to it.

Congratulations!

Furor Teutonicus said...

WHAT is new? The WIKINGS farmed there for a good couple of generations, and even called it GREEN land into the bargain. It was only a combination of disease and a cold winter, (OBVIOUSLY caused by all those Wikings jetting off for holidays in Spain and places, and all the 4X4s used by those Sachsen rottersto take their bastards to school, right?) that put an end to the settelment.

It is NOT unusula for GREEN(!)land not to have ice around the edges.

And THINK logic! IF ice bergs never broke off, you would be able to skate the glacier all the way from GREEN(!)land to South bloody AFRICA.

Of COURSE they break off. It is NORMAL.