By the "playbook" of global warming alarmists, we are on very sound scientific ground to conclude that a devastating Ice Age is pending. It will destroy life as we know it on planet earth.
OK, so let's open the global warming playbook to Page One:
This, from the Christian "Science" Monitor
OK, got the picture. Heat wave in Europe means melting ice in the Alps. Buried ammo gets exposed. Oh, wait--was the ammo buried in ice, or in the earth. In the earth; it had been buried beneath an ice sheet. Implication: it must have been warmer back then in 1919, or whenever.
Appearance of explosive WWI relics underscores Alps glaciers' retreatThe Alps' glaciers are in retreat at an alarming rate due to rising temperatures – as indicated by the discovery of rusted explosives left over from a nearly hundred-year-old cache.
Roped party members walk on a glacier from L'Aiguille du Midi in front of Les Grandes Jorasses in Chamonix, France, July 23.
(Denis Balibouse/Reuters)RomeThey lay undetected for more than a century, a hidden legacy of the highest, most forbidding battlefield of World War I. But last month, as Italy sweltered through one of the hottest summers on record, a cache of more than 200 rusted explosives emerged from beneath a melting sheet of ice in the Dolomite range in the country’s north.
The appearance of the explosives – at the end of the hottest summer since 2003 and one of the warmest since record keeping began – fed concerns about Italy’s rapidly dwindling glaciers and the threat posed by global warming. Across the Alps – not just in Italy but in neighboring Austria, Switzerland, and France – glaciers are in retreat at an alarming rate due to rising temperatures.
“In the worst-case scenario, by the end of the century glaciers in the Alps will be reduced to 5 to 10 percent of what we have now,” says Michael Zemp, a scientist with the World Glacier Monitoring Service.
But that aside, its the propaganda playbook that interests us more. Melting ice means disaster. OK. So what would vast expansions of the ice field mean? Yes, you have it right. Disaster. Man will be swamped with a looming ice age. So at the same time, we are both going to cook to death and freeze to death.
You haven't heard about the freezing to death, the great global Ice Age about to descend? Well, you should have. Using exactly the same logic as the global warmist crowd, we would be perfectly entitled to make a credible claim to that effect, and to rubbish all opponents as denialists, anti-scientific luddites, etc. Read the following, from Forbes:
Antarctic Sea Ice Sets Another Record
The great con continues.
James Taylor, ContributorI write about energy and environment issues.
Editor’s note: An update from the author has been added to this article on September 20, 2012.
Antarctic sea ice set another record this past week, with the most amount of ice ever recorded on day 256 of the calendar year (September 12 of this leap year). Please, nobody tell the mainstream media or they might have to retract some stories and admit they are misrepresenting scientific data.
National Public Radio (NPR) published an article on its website last month claiming, “Ten years ago, a piece of ice the size of Rhode Island disintegrated and melted in the waters off Antarctica. Two other massive ice shelves along the Antarctic Peninsula had suffered similar fates a few years before. The events became poster children for the effects of global warming. … There’s no question that unusually warm air triggered the final demise of these huge chunks of ice.”
NPR failed to mention anywhere in its article that Antarctic sea ice has been growing since satellites first began measuring the ice 33 years ago and the sea ice has been above the 33-year average throughout 2012.
Indeed, none of the mainstream media are covering this important story. A Google News search of the terms Antarctic, sea ice and record turns up not a single article on the Antarctic sea ice record. Amusingly, page after page of Google News results for Antarctic sea ice record show links to news articles breathlessly spreading fear and warning of calamity because Arctic sea ice recently set a 33-year low.
Sea ice around one pole is shrinking while sea ice around another pole is growing. This sure sounds like a global warming crisis to me.
As meteorologist Anthony Watts explains, new data show ice mass is accumulating on the Antarctic continent as well as in the ocean surrounding Antarctica. The new data contradict an assertion by global warming alarmists that the expanding Antarctic sea ice is coming at the expense of a decline in Antarctic continental ice.
The new data also add context to sensationalist media stories about declining ice in small portions of Antarctica, such as portions of West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula (see here, for example). The mainstream media frequently publish stories focusing on ice loss in these two areas, yet the media stories rarely if ever mention that ice is accumulating over the larger area of East Antarctica and that the continent as a whole is gaining snow and ice mass.
Interestingly, a new NASA study finds Antarctica once supported vegetation similar to that of present-day Iceland.
“The southward movements of rain bands associated with a warmer climate in the high-latitude southern hemisphere made the margins of Antarctica less like a polar desert, and more like present-day Iceland,” a co-author of the NASA study reports.