Assured by climatologists and the BBC that the Arctic would be ice-free this past summer, dozens of yachtsmen raced to be the first through the new “Northwest Passage.” Unfortunately, the real climate does not listen to the BBC or to the IPCC affiliated insider climate cabal. In the real arctic, the watchword is ICE!!! Echoes of the doomed Franklin expedition rumble across the pack ice, as yachts whose owners took anthropogenic climate doom too seriously are slowly shattered by a cold reality.
The Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific has remained blocked by pack-ice all year. More than 20 yachts that had planned to sail it have been left ice-bound and a cruise ship attempting the route was forced to turn back. _DM
Strong and Rapid Ice Growth Traps Disabused Yachtsmen
Only six years ago, the BBC reported that the Arctic would be ice-free in summer by 2013, citing a scientist in the US who claimed this was a ‘conservative’ forecast. Perhaps it was their confidence that led more than 20 yachts to try to sail the Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific this summer. As of last week, all these vessels were stuck in the ice, some at the eastern end of the passage in Prince Regent Inlet, others further west at Cape Bathurst.
Shipping experts said the only way these vessels were likely to be freed was by the icebreakers of the Canadian coastguard. According to the official Canadian government website, the Northwest Passage has remained ice-bound and impassable all summer.
Until now, the loudest climate bullhorn has been wielded by climate alarmists and their useful lackeys in government and media. But over time, reality can assert itself strongly enough to overwhelm the “climate talking points” of the pseudo-scientific carbon doom cabal, and the chattering classes who echo their unfalsifiable drivel.
One of the public-relations problems facing man-made global warming adherents is that individuals are able to look around and see the effects of increasingly cold weather that they are able to experience personally. Europe and many parts of America have experienced record snowfalls at even later periods in the year in recent years. This causes people to ask if the alarmists are warning about the planet getting warmer, then how can they explain it getting colder.
Rather than blame man-made activity for weather change on the planet, scientists have recently begun looking at solar activity as a predictor of world climate. Data available has revealed that low solar activity has been connected with cold eras in human history, while the opposite has occurred during higher solar activity such as what happened during the recent period form the 1950s to the 1990s. _The Model is Not the Reality
True science is quick to discard models that fail to conform to real world observations. Pseudo-science discards objective reality in order to conform to politically correct or otherwise fashionable models.
But humans do have an effect on climate, if not exactly the catastrophic impact that doomers claim.
Now fresh evidence that we humans are holding off an Ice Age has emerged. The journal Science has just published research by a team led by geochemist Prof Logan Mitchell at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, who have compared methane levels trapped in ancient ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica.
… The team has now confirmed a substantial rise in methane in ice-core samples dating back up to 2,800 years. Crucially, however, the rise was bigger in the northern hemisphere, and could only be explained by including human activity – such as rice cultivation.
All this serves to underline the dangers of simplistic thinking in our approach to climate change. Trying to prevent it through drastic reduction of greenhouse gases may have disastrous consequences. _National
The modern knee-jerk reaction to 20th century climate warming presents an even greater danger to the human future: The danger of massive poverty, hardship, and unnecessary deaths from widespread energy starvation.
Germany is on the cusp of energy disaster as a result of its green Energiewende escapades. The UK is likewise inviting disaster with its energy policies. If not for fortuitous innovations in oil & gas production in North America, the US under Obama might soon have been sharing the danger of imminent energy loss with which Germany and the UK have been flirting.
So pity the poor Arctic yachtsmen who were foolish enough to believe the BBC and its IPPCish delusions. They trusted in failing climate models which are unable to accurately model clouds! In fact it is becoming clear that the climate models that impress Obama, Gore, Hanson, and the rest of the climate dupes are unable to accurately model many of the most important natural underpinnings of climate.
Pity the poor Arctic yachtsmen. And pity yourselves, who live in countries whose governments share the same delusions. It is not only ships that can be crushed by the ice.