Barents sea

More climate alarmism from media over North Poll ice cap

The Media party just will not stop talking about the disappearing ice at the North Pole…which isn’t disappearing.

This year stands a good chance of beating 2015 as the warmest year on record.

Nowhere has felt the effects of the record temperatures more than the Arctic.

It’s feared that if carbon emissions don’t stop increasing, the permanent sea ice at the North Pole could disappear completely within 30 years.

There’s plenty of fish in the north Barents Sea. The cold waters of the Norwegian high arctic are some of the world’s most productive and well-managed fisheries.

For Norway’s economy, fish are second only to oil and gas. The UK is its biggest customer. Up to 70 percent of the cod and haddock eaten in the UK comes from there.   Read more »

Does the Herald have an employment programme for ‘special’ people?

Regular readers will know there is no love lost between the NZ Herald and myself. Apart from the fact that they employ inherently dishonest people, people who interview their keyboards and generally are a bunch of muppets, they also seem to have an employment programme for ‘special’ people.

Today they have a story that apparently solves the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.

A discovery of giant underwater craters at the bottom of Barents Sea could offer a viable explanation to the disappearance of ships in the Bermuda Triangle.

Scientists have found craters up to half a mile wide and 150ft deep, believed to have been caused by build-ups of methane off the coast of natural gas-rich Norway.

The methane would have leaked from deposits of natural gas further below the surface and created cavities which finally bursts, scientists say.

‘Multiple giant craters exist on the sea floor in an area in the west-central Barents Sea … and are probably a cause of enormous blowouts of gas,’ said researchers from the Arctic University of Norway told the Sunday Times (paywall).

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Green taliban eco-terrorists may be home but their boat isn’t

The two Kiwi Green Taliban eco-terrorists are home now after being generously freed from a Russian jail in a Christmas amnesty.

The Herald reports.

Two New Zealanders who spent two months in a Russian prison following a protest at an Arctic oil platform have returned home.

David Haussmann and Jonathan Beauchamp would spend their first days home relaxing with their families, Greenpeace NZ executive director Bunny McDiarmid said.

The pair were among 30 people arrested and charged with hooliganism following the protest at a Gazprom-operated oil platform.

The group had charges against them dropped and exit visas granted as part of an amnesty, initiated by Russian President Vladimir Putin, earlier this month.

“I can’t stop smiling. It’s great that David and Jon are back home,” Ms McDiarmid said.

“They should never have been charged in the first place, and it’s ridiculous that they were locked up for months over a peaceful protest to protect the Arctic.   Read more »

Turns out the Arctic isn’t melting, temps peaked before 1950

This is going to end the hippies into an apoplectic shock…the Arctic isn’t melting and temperatures peaked before 1950 a new study has revealed.

Watts Up with That reports:

A new paper published in Climate of the Past reconstructs temperatures over the past 1100 years from Eastern Arctic ice cores. The dating was done by Oxygen 18 isotope dating and the O18 data shows the highest Eastern Arctic temperatures of the 20th century occurred in the 1920′s-1940′s. The data shows that after that peak, there was a cooling or a warming ‘pause’ over the remainder of the 20th century.  Read more »

It’s the ice free seas…ooops

Apparently the big freeze going on in Europe is because of the now ice free Barents and Kara seas:

The bitterly cold weather sweeping Britain and the rest of Europe has been linked by scientists with the ice-free seas of the Arctic, where global warming is exerting its greatest influence.

A dramatic loss of sea ice covering the Barents and Kara Seas above northern Russia could explain why a chill Arctic wind has engulfed much of Europe and killed 221 people over the past week.

The death toll from Arctic blast has been particularly severe in the Ukraine, where many of the dead have been people sleeping on the streets. Heating and food tents have been set up to ease their hardship. In Romania 24 people are known to have died and 17 in Poland.

A growing number of experts believe complex wind patterns are being changed because melting Arctic sea ice has exposed huge swaths of normally frozen ocean to the atmosphere above.

And a reality check for us all:

The southern half of the Barents Sea, including the ports of Murmansk (Russia) and Vardø (Norway) remain ice-free year round due to the warm North Atlantic drift. In September, the entire Barents Sea is more or less completely ice-free. Until the Winter War (1939–40), Finland‘s territory also reached to the Barents Sea, with the harbor at Petsamo being Finland’s only ice-free winter harbor.