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I have lost count of the number of times I have read articles from the department of “Settled Science” that had words to the effect that “current climate models do not include the effects of (insert newly discovered process here)”

It baffles me how it is possible to come up with new terrestrial processes or cycles or phenomena which have hitherto been excluded from the climate models when we have been told with utter certainly and utmost sincerity exactly what the models predict will happen if we dare tip over some magical increment in temperature above some mythical perfect period in the past.

But there is another paper coming that does just that.? Eureaka alert has the story:

As the Antarctic ice sheet melts, warming of the atmosphere will be delayed by about a decade but sea level rise will accelerate, according to new research scheduled for advance online publication in the journal Nature. end quote.

They are craftily already building the narrative to explain why, when CO2 keeps increasing, the temperature has not followed the soaring trajectory predicted by the models. quote.

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Oh no, ice is growing at both poles now

The great climate change swindle is coming to a head. More and more real data is showing the predictions to be alamrmist at the lest and fraud at the worst.

Now it appears that ice is growing at both poles in stark contrast to all the alarmist predictions.

In the Southern Hemisphere, sea-ice levels just smashed through the previous record highs across Antarctica, where there is now more ice than at any point since records began. In the Arctic, where global-warming theorists preferred to keep the public focused due to some decreases in ice levels over recent years, scientists said sea-ice melt in 2014 fell below the long-term mean. Global temperatures, meanwhile, have remained steady for some 18 years and counting, contrary to United Nations models predicting more warming as carbon dioxide levels increased.

Of course, all of that is great news for humanity ? call off the carbon taxes and doomsday bunkers! However, as global-warming theories continue to implode on the world stage, the latest developments will pose a major challenge for the UN and its member governments. Later this month, climate ?dignitaries? will be meeting in New York to forge an international agreement in the face of no global warming for nearly two decades, record ice levels, and growing public skepticism about the alleged ?science? underpinning ?climate change? alarmism.

As The New American reported last month, virtually every falsifiable prediction made by climate theorists ? both the global-cooling mongers of a few decades ago and the warming alarmists more recently ? has proven to be spectacularly wrong. In many cases, the opposite of what they forecasted took place. But perhaps nowhere have the failed global-warming doom and gloom predictions been more pronounced than in the Antarctic, where sea-ice levels have continued smashing through previous records. For each of the last three years, ice cover has hit a new record high.

The most recent data show that the Antarctic is currently surrounded by more sea ice than at any other point since records began. In all, there are right now about 20 million square kilometers of frozen sea area surrounding the Antarctic continent. That is 170,000 square kilometers more than last year?s previous all-time record, and more than 1.2 million square kilometers above the 1981-to-2010 mean, according to researchers. ? Read more »

Here’s a shocker: Antarctica’s CO2 levels are higher than New Zealand

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Carbon dioxide levels in Antarctica are the highest they have been in four million years.

There are now no more monitoring stations on Earth measuring an atmospheric carbon dioxide level of less than 400 parts per million (ppm).

On May 23, Antarctica hit the dubious milestone, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced.

The frozen continent at the world’s South Pole was the last place on Earth to reach that level of carbon pollution, NOAA’s Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network Pieter Tans says. Read more »

But the science was settled, how can this be?

It seems that the Antarctic isn’t losing ice like originally claimed.

Watts Up with That reports:

From the ?settled science? department and former chief alarmist Jay Zwally, who for years had said the Arctic?was in big trouble (only to have his prediction falsified), comes this Emily Litella moment in climate science: ?Never mind!?. Curiously, WUWT reported back in 2012 about an ICEsat study by Zwally that said:?ICESAT Data Shows Mass Gains of the Antarctic Ice Sheet Exceed Losses. I surmise that with the publication of this second study, the original is now confirmed. I suppose John Cook will have to revise his?Denial 101? video on Antarctica now.

The report is really one big ‘oops we was wrong’ explanation.

A new NASA study says that an increase in Antarctic snow accumulation that began 10,000 years ago is currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers.

The research challenges the conclusions of other studies, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change?s (IPCC) 2013 report, which says that Antarctica is overall losing land ice.

According to the new analysis of satellite data, the Antarctic ice sheet showed a net gain of 112 billion tons of ice a year from 1992 to 2001. That net gain slowed? ?to 82 billion tons of ice per year between 2003 and 2008. ? Read more »

Another day another climate prediction busted

None of the predictions and models presented as ‘facts’ in the argument over global warming have come to pass…not a single one.

Almost every day now those same predictions and models are being destroyed with, and you will have to excuse the pun, cold hard facts.

Climate models can be good tools for predicting future sea ice levels ? unless, of course, they are completely wrong.

In the case of Antarctica, the climate models were dead wrong, according to a new study by Chinese scientists?published in the journal Cryosphere. The study found that most climate models predicted Antarctic sea ice coverage would shrink as the world warmed and greenhouse gas levels increased.

The opposite happened. Most climate models analyzed in the study predicted Antarctica would shrink between 1979 and 2005, but instead south pole sea ice levels increased during that time. Going a step further, sea ice levels have only increased since 2006, hitting all-time highs for sea ice coverage in September of last year.

?For the Antarctic, the main problem of the [climate] models is their inability to reproduce the observed slight increase of sea ice extent,? researchers wrote in their study.

?Both satellite-observed Antarctic [sea ice extent] and [satellite measured] Antarctic [sea ice volume] show[s] increasing trends over the period of 1979?2005, but [climate models?] Antarctic [sea ice extent] and [sea ice volume] have decreasing trends,? researchers added. ?Only eight models? [sea ice extent] and eight models? [sea ice volume] show increasing trends.? ? Read more »

Most Antarctic sea ice since records began in 1979

How’s about that global warming huh?

The poles will be ice free sometime 4 years ago…turns out no.

The Antarctic is now breaking every record?there is…and just last year we were told that the ice was dissipating…then of course we had the Ship of Fools…and now the ice extent is larger than ever before records since records began.

Sea ice surrounding Antarctica has reached a new record high.

Nasa says it now covers more of the southern oceans than it has since scientists began a long-term satellite record to map sea ice extent in the late 1970s.

They say that even though Antarctic sea ice has been increasing, ‘the planet as a whole is doing what was expected in terms of warming.’

The upward trend in the Antarctic, however, is only about a third of the magnitude of the rapid loss of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean.? Read more »

The hype of the scientists, caught out again

One of the refrains from warmists is that the science is settled, no more arguments can be countenanced, the earth is warming and the scientists almost all agree.

It is of course a fallacy that the scientists agree and the 97% figure claimed has been thoroughly debunked.

There was a time ?when scientists presented evidence and other scientists examined the work and either supported the hypothesis or destroyed it. These days they seem more intent on developing consensus rather than proof.

We have seen this before too, remember the Ozone calamity?

Well apparently that was as over hyped by the scientists as the current climate scare….and so too is the “fix” to the ozone layer.

Matt Ridley writes:

My recent?Times column argued that the alleged healing of the ozone layer is exaggerated, but so was the impact of the ozone hole over Antarctica:

The ozone layer is healing. Or so said the news last week. Thanks to a treaty signed in Montreal in 1989 to get rid of refrigerant chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), the planet?s stratospheric sunscreen has at last begun thickening again. Planetary disaster has been averted by politics.

For reasons I will explain, this news deserves to be taken with a large pinch of salt. You do not have to dig far to find evidence that the ozone hole was never nearly as dangerous as some people said, that it is not necessarily healing yet and that it might not have been caused mainly by CFCs anyway.

The timing of the announcement was plainly political: it came on the 25th anniversary of the treaty, and just before a big United Nations climate conference in New York, the aim of which is to push for a climate treaty modelled on the ozone one.

Here?s what was actually announced last week, in the words of a Nasa scientist, Paul Newman: ?From 2000 to 2013, ozone levels climbed 4 per cent in the key mid-northern latitudes.? That?s a pretty small change and it is in the wrong place. The ozone thinning that worried everybody in the 1980s was over Antarctica.

Over northern latitudes, ozone concentration has been falling by about 4 per cent each March before recovering. Over Antarctica, since 1980, the ozone concentration has fallen by? 40 or 50 per cent each September before the sun rebuilds it.

So what?s happening to the Antarctic ozone hole? Thanks to a diligent blogger named Anthony Watts, I came across a press release also from Nasa about nine months ago, which said: ? Two new studies show that signs of recovery are not yet present, and that temperature and winds are still driving any annual changes in ozone hole size.? ?? Read more »

Global warming coming to Canada

After the Arctic was once agin not ice free this summer, despite being 3 years overdue from being free from ice forever, the Canadians are set to enjoy some real global warming.

Brace yourself: the Old Farmer?s Almanac has revealed its predictions for Canada?s upcoming winter season, and it?s not great news.

After last winter?s seemingly never-ending wickedly cold weather, residents in much of the country can expect more of the same in the coming months.

?We?re looking at the T-Rex of winters,? Jack Burnett, editor of the Old Farmer?s Almanac, said on CTV?s Canada AM on Thursday.

?It?s going to be colder, it?s going to be snowier ? it?s not pretty.?

According to the almanac, central Canada, in particular, is expected to experience winter?s nasty bite.

?From Calgary to Quebec, we?re going to be up to our neck,? Burnett said.

One of the few exceptions will be southwestern Ontario, which will be cold, but with below-normal snowfall.

Burnett said forecasts show that while Toronto and the surrounding region will experience a deep-freeze, it?s going to be drier this winter, with ?fluffier snow.?

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Photo Of The Day

Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images A Tucker Sno-Cat in the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition encounters a slight problem with a crevasse ? 1957

Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images
A Tucker Sno-Cat in the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition encounters a slight problem with a crevasse ? 1957

Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition

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Photo Of The Day

Image by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Image by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Antarctica as Seen From Space

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