The cognitive dissonance of the media on climate change

There has been no global warming now for 17 years and nine months.

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According to the RSS satellite data, whose value for April 2014 is just in, the global warming trend in the 17 years 9 years since August 1996 is zero. The 212 months without global warming represents more than half the 423-month satellite data record, which began in January 1979. No one now in high school has lived through global warming.

Add to that this chart of sea ice extent where the Antarctic sea ice extent is growing and well outside, not just the average extent for 1981-2010 but now way more than 2 standard deviations.

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And yet Fairfax prints this rubbish:

Part of East Antarctica is more vulnerable than expected to a thaw that could trigger an unstoppable slide of ice into the ocean and raise world sea levels for thousands of years, a new study shows.

The Wilkes Basin in East Antarctica, stretching more than 1,000 km inland, has enough ice to raise sea levels by 3 to 4 metres if it were to melt as an effect of global warming, the report said.

The Wilkes is vulnerable because it is held in place by a small rim of ice, resting on bedrock below sea level by the coast of the frozen continent. That “ice plug” might melt away in coming centuries if ocean waters warm up.

“East Antarctica’s Wilkes Basin is like a bottle on a slant. Once uncorked, it empties out,” Matthias Mengel of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, lead author of the study in the journal Nature Climate Change, said in a statement.

Co-author Anders Levermann, also at Potsdam in Germany, told Reuters the main finding was that the ice flow would be irreversible, if set in motion. He said there was still time to limit warming to levels to keep the ice plug in place.

These scaremongering scenarios really do show the cognitive dissonance of the mainstream media and their inability to look dispassionately at the evidence before us, instead they push political lines. All of their stories have “could”, “should”, “might” and “maybe” qualifiers.

Antarctica, the size of the United States and Mexico combined, holds enough ice to raise sea levels by some 57 metres if it ever all melted.

The study indicated that it could take 200 years or more to melt the ice plug if ocean temperatures rise. Once removed, it could take between 5,000 and 10,000 years for ice in the Wilkes Basin to empty as gravity pulled the ice seawards.

“It sounds plausible,” Tony Payne, a professor of glaciology at Bristol University who was not involved in the study, said of the findings. The region is not an immediate threat, he said, but “could contribute metres to sea level rise over thousands of years”.

Ice melts at temperatures above zero degrees celsius…even in summer the temperature at the South Pole averages -25.9 for the highs and the warmest ever in summer it was still -7. The chances of all of Antarctica melting away is bloody sero, and yet these muppets still go on about scenarios that cannot and will not ever exist.

In midsummer, as the sun reaches its maximum elevation of about 23.5 degrees, high temperatures at the South Pole in January average at −25.9 °C (−15 °F). As the six-month “day” wears on and the sun gets lower, temperatures drop as well: they reach −45 °C (−49 °F) around sunset (late March) and sunrise (late September). In winter, the average temperature remains steady at around −58 °C (−72 °F). The highest temperature ever recorded at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station was −12.3 °C (9.9 °F) on December 25, 2011, and the lowest was −82.8 °C (−117.0 °F) on June 23, 1982

In any case even if their nightmare, catastrophic scenario was true it would take 200 years for it to happen…you don’t think humanity would find a solution in that time?

This report doesn’t sound plausible at all, it sounds like horse crap to me.


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