What I'm Reading Thursday, February 9, 2012

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3 Responses to What I'm Reading Thursday, February 9, 2012

  1. klem February 9, 2012 at 8:53 am #

    “The glaciers of the Himalayas aren’t melting as fast as we had thought they were. ”

    I think you meant to say, ‘The glaciers of the Himalayas aren’t melting as fast as we had hoped and prayed they were”.

    And that pretty much sums up climate alarmism in its current dying days.


    • Jerrald Hayes February 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

      Geez Klem what the heck is your problem?

      The rate of melting in one region in the world ,the Himalayas , is not as fast as they once had thought means that global warming isn’t happening? The same articles cite that “Globally, the rate of sea level rise has accelerated in recent decades”. Read that again and think with your brain rather than your political affiliation.

      “Globally, the rate of sea level rise has accelerated in recent decades”.

      • klem February 10, 2012 at 10:42 am #

        The article referenced actually says

        ” we show that GICs, excluding the Greenland and Antarctic peripheral GICs, lost mass at a rate of 148 ± 30 Gt yr−1 from January 2003 to December 2010, contributing 0.41 ± 0.08 mm yr−1 to sea level rise. Our results are based on a global, simultaneous inversion of monthly GRACE-derived satellite gravity fields, from which we calculate the mass change over all ice-covered regions.. ”

        First thing you notice is they call it ice mass loss, they don’t specifically say melting because they aren’t measuring melting, they are measuring total mass loss. This includes sublimation, iceburgs as well as melting. The amount of actual melting is not determined. Get your alarmism right.

        Next they say that Greenland and Antarctica lost as much as 178 billion tons of ice per year. That translates to 178 cubic km of ice loss every year. Antarctica has 30 million cubic km of ice and Greenland about 2.5 million. So out of 32 million cubic km of ice, only 178 are lost each year. That is such a relatively tiny amount I’m not convinced that it can be measured with certainty, it is insignificant.

        At that rate, it will take 180,000 years to vanish completely. Thats sufficient time for 1.5 more global glaciations to occur in the meantime. I think we have lots of time.

        In summary, glacial ice loss is insignificant, we have lots of time and there is still no evidence that CO2 is the cause.

        Climate change is an old man’s fear.


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