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February 4, 2008

Not Even Northern Ice Is Receding

Sea ice in the southern hemisphere is at record high levels, but the North Pole is melting, right? Wrong.

Last fall Arctic ice had receded to the lowest level ever recorded. Generating much less excitement in the media are more recent satellite findings reported by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, showing that the ice is already back to where it was a year ago.

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More bad news for global warming conformists:

Still more inconvenient was the truth about an image that has been relentlessly exploited to promote this panic over the "vanishing" Arctic ice. It is the photograph of two polar bears standing forlornly on the fast-melting remains of an iceberg which has been reproduced thousands of times to show that there will soon be no bears left (ignoring evidence that their numbers have risen recently).
Now, thanks to a Canadian journalist, Carole Williams (on NewsWithViews.com), we can read the story behind this picture, which was taken in 2004 just off Alaska by a marine biologist, Amanda Byrd. As Ms Byrd is happy to point out, the bears were in no danger so close to the coast (they can swim 100 miles). She wanted a photograph more of the "wind-sculpted ice" than of the bears.
The image was copied by another member of the crew and passed on to Environment Canada. Then it was eagerly adopted by the warmist propaganda machine — above all by Al Gore, who used it to powerful effect as an emotive backdrop to his highly lucrative lectures.

Then there's the bitterly cold winter we've been having, and the snow in places like Jerusalem and Amman, Jordan.

But cheer up, Gorebots. John McCain, known for upending whole pitchers of global warming Kool-Aid over his upturned, slack-jawed face, is expected to do well in the primaries tomorrow.

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Polar bears at ease.

On tips from Byron and Bergbikr.

Posted by Van Helsing at February 4, 2008 9:31 AM

Comments

Not only that, Punxsutawney Phil predicted another six weeks of winter.

Global cooling! It's Global cooling I tell you! Run! Panic! Looting in the streets!

Oh, wait. It's nothing different than what has been going on, in one form or another, for centuries.

nevermind.

Posted by: The Random Yak at February 4, 2008 10:15 AM

I predict we will have another season of "Ice-road Truckers" on reality TV.

Posted by: Jimbo at February 4, 2008 11:39 AM

I posted on Townhall.com that the "global warming" advocates will use ANYTHING to "back up" their beliefs WITHOUT noticing that it often contradicts their earlier statements. I am aware of no gw advocate who has said anything close to "Opps! We were wrong before, but here's some NEW data." "global warming" (I know it's the start of a new sentence, but I refuse to capitalise it) is now said to cause heartier plant life, longer summers (Growing seasons) and fewer hurricanes. That sounds like a GOOD THING to me! Hooray For "global warming"!

Posted by: KHarn at February 4, 2008 1:01 PM

I doubt if anyone is going to get Wisconsinites all in a lather over global warming. Another 5-9 inches of snow is heading this way. Those of us who actually have to remove the snow (as opposed to the high rise intelectuals)blissfully hope global warming is a reality.

Posted by: baldeagle390 at February 4, 2008 1:16 PM

Here's the photo with ORIGINAL caption, at bottom right of page:

http://www.whoi.edu/beaufortgyre/dispatch2004/dispatch02.html

Posted by: BUUUUURRRRNING HOT at February 4, 2008 8:43 PM

And nice satellite pic showing all that luvly ice:

http://wattsupwiththat.wordpress.com/2008/02/03/arctic-sea-ice-back-to-its-previous-level-bears-safe-film-at-11/

Posted by: BUUUUURRRRNING HOT at February 4, 2008 8:44 PM