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Global Warming and Those 'Nasty' Facts

In a editorial post this weekend at Investor's Business Daily, they write:

"For every scary piece of data held up by alarmists as proof of man-made global warming, it seems a bit of contrary evidence is uncovered — and, of course, is ignored. Let's see what Antarctica is telling us.

"The professional fearmongers are predicting that Arctic sea ice will soon be gone during the warmer months of the year. This is supposed to worry us into action that "fights" global warming.

"But then there's the fact, which we noted last week, that the Arctic's sea ice gain from the record low of summer 2012 is a record of its own.

"We reported that we're in only the third winter in history in which more than 10 million square kilometers of new ice has formed in the Arctic.

"We also mentioned that the Antarctic is nearing 450 days of uninterrupted above-normal ice.

"That was last week. And this is this week: Antarctic sea ice is on an upward slope. Real Science, a science website, says it "has been increasing at a rate of half a million square kilometers per year.

"If this alarming trend continues, the planet will be completely covered with Antarctic ice in 1,000 years," said Real Science, using University of Illinois data to map out the trend and reach its conclusion. "The Australian coral reefs will freeze to death in less than 300 years."

"We don't think Real Science expects Earth to be fully covered with Antarctic ice in 1,000 years. But it is a fine, though maybe somewhat snarky, response to Al Gore wildly claiming in his movie "An Inconvenient Truth" that sea levels will rise 20 feet due to global warming."

But it's not just the growing ice at the polar caps. With a HT to Climate Deport, we learn from the Global Warming Policy Foundation that "the global temperature standstill" has gained the support of Dr. Rajenda Pachauri, chair of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), who "acknowledged the reality of the post-1997 standstill in global average temperatures." According to a post at their blog yesterday:

"The GWPF has been highlighting the global warming standstill for many years against fervent denial by climate activists. Recently, Nasa’s James Hansen also recognised that global temperatures have not risen for more than a decade.

“Even though the scientific case for the standstill is secure, and well represented in peer-reviewed scientific literature, it will surely help the climate debate now that the IPCC chairman has confirmed its existence,” said Dr David Whitehouse, the GWPF’s science editor.

"The post-1997 global annual average temperature standstill is one of the most important aspects of current climate science. Its recognition by the chair of the IPCC means there is now growing pressure that this empirical fact will receive full analysis in the forthcoming AR5 report.

"The GWPF points out that Dr Pachauri’s assertion that it will take a temperature standstill of “30-40 years at least” to affect theories of man-made global warming is without a scientific basis. “The 17-year standstill already strains climate models, and if it continues for much longer it will demonstrate that the climate models on which the IPCC has based its assumptions are inadequate,” Dr Whitehouse said."

How will the global warmists try to frighten us about next?

For more about climate models and their limitations, see chapter 1 of the 2011 interim report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) here. Marc Morano provides a "point-by-point rebuttal to the President's global warming claims" during his recent State of the Union speech here.


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