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Ice-Free Arctic Alarmist Funded By WWF

From an almost fact-free Reuters:

Arctic to be ice-free in summer in 20 years: scientist

By Peter Griffiths Peter Griffiths – Thu Oct 15

LONDON (Reuters Life!) – Global warming will leave the Arctic Ocean ice-free during the summer within 20 years, raising sea levels and harming wildlife such as seals and polar bears, a leading British polar scientist said on Thursday.

Peter Wadhams, professor of ocean physics at the University of Cambridge, said much of the melting will take place within a decade, although the winter ice will stay for hundreds of years.

The changes will mean the top of the Earth will appear blue rather than white when photographed from space and ships will have a new sea route north of Russia.

Scientists say evidence of melting Arctic ice is one of the clearest signs of global warming and it should send a warning to world leaders meeting in Copenhagen in December for U.N. talks on a new climate treaty.

"The data supports the new consensus view — based on seasonal variation of ice extent and thickness, changes in temperatures, winds and especially ice composition — that the Arctic will be ice-free in summer within about 20 years," Wadhams said in a statement. "Much of the decrease will be happening within 10 years."

Wadhams, one of the world’s leading experts on sea ice cover in the North Pole region, compared ice thickness measurements taken by a Royal Navy submarine in 2007 with evidence gathered by the British explorer Pen Hadow earlier this year.

Hadow and his team on the Catlin Arctic Survey drilled 1,500 holes to gather evidence during a 280-mile walk across the Arctic. They found the average thickness of ice-floes was 1.8 meters, a depth considered too thin to survive the summer’s ice melt.

Sometimes referred to as the Earth’s air-conditioner, the Arctic Sea plays a vital role in the world’s climate. As Arctic ice melts in summer, it exposes the darker-colored ocean water, which absorbs sunlight instead of reflecting it, accelerating the effect of global warming.

Dr Martin Sommerkorn, from the environmental charity WWF’s Arctic program, which worked on the survey, said the predicted loss of ice could have wide-reaching affects around the world.

"The Arctic Sea ice holds a central position in our Earth’s climate system. Take it out of the equation and we are left with a dramatically warmer world," he said.

"This could lead to flooding affecting one-quarter of the world’s population, substantial increases in greenhouse gas emissions …. and extreme global weather changes."

Britain’s Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband said the research "sets out the stark realities of climate change."

"This further strengthens the case for an ambitious global deal in Copenhagen," he added.

Oddly enough this article somehow fails to mention that the Catlin Arctic Survey is the same group that had so much trouble with their expedition because of the cold weather and blizzards.

(You can read more about their travails here.)

But we question the timing of this report — and much else about it.

Especially, as even the article notes, this ‘survey’ was funded by the notorious ‘Global Warmers’ a the World Wildlife Fund, who are making lots of money off of this scare.

They even admit they are racheting up the hysteria in time of the Copenhagen Conference.

From the Catlin Arctic Survey’s own website:

Fresh Arctic evidence for climate summit

Posted by Dominic Hilton

Wednesday, 12 Aug 2009

Scientists are busy analysing data from the Catlin Arctic Survey. The data will provide important new evidence for the crucial climate negotiations in Copenhagen this December.

The Catlin Arctic Survey team returned this May with unique new measurements of the thickness and extent of sea ice in the Arctic. The University of Cambridge’s Polar Oceans Physics Group is currently analysing the data, with initial results already suggesting that the sea ice is newer and thinner (and therefore more liable to melt) than expected. The results will help climate scientists around the world to understand how quickly the dwindling summer sea ice will melt and to predict more accurately the effect this will have on the global climate.

WWF are providing funding to help the research team speed up their analysis. It’s crucial that the results are available in time for the UN climate change summit in Copenhagen, as they will strengthen WWF’s calls for a strong global climate deal. Governments must take action urgently to keep global temperature rise below 2°C, the threshold beyond which most scientists predict climate change could become catastrophic.

“Climate change is happening now and nowhere is it more evident than in the Arctic,” said WWF’s head of climate change, Keith Allott.

“Sea ice is a critical part of Earth’s climate system and the loss of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is happening decades ahead of most predictions. We cannot predict all of the effects of this ice loss, but scientists foresee severe disruption to the natural world on both a local and a global scale.”

This is what passes for science among the ‘Warmers.’

(Thanks to Sen for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 15th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Ice-Free Arctic Alarmist Funded By WWF”

  1. BillK says:

    Amazing how research like this paid for by those who serve to benefit is seen as good and valid, but somehow research paid for by Exxon or other corporations is by definition corrupt and self-serving.

    That’s what’s wonderful about government; you can continue to release “research” stating how you not only must continue to exist but must grow exponentially, and no one bats an eye.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “This could lead to flooding affecting one-quarter of the world’s population, substantial increases in greenhouse gas emissions …. and extreme global weather changes.”

    There it is! The money statement. And without that statement in there, all funding would be denied.

    Has anyone with their finger on the money giving machine looked back and read the statements of the last 40+ years? I have been hearing about and was even forced to learn about the “loss of our polar ice cap” as long ago as I can remember in school.

    Hasn’t happened. I can’t say that it won’t. But likewise they can’t say with any certainty that it will, either.

    All the evidence that they refer to is inconclusive and they cherry pick the things that only support their conclusion and agenda. MONEY.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    You know, it’s funny, but years ago the “World Wildlife Fund” sued the “World Wrestling Federation” for using the trademarked “WWF” and they “didn’t want to be associated with an industry that pandered to “entertainment and bogus dealings”. Not surprisingly, they won.

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    Boy! That Vince McMahon is into everything.

  5. Ice free Arctic?? We’ll call it the “Amundsen Effect.” Northwest passage, baby! Great for commerce. Tell all your friends.

    The logic fallacy in the WWF’s scenario can be found in seventh grade science: the arctic is a region of ocean, not land. The ice is already floating in the sea. And since ice displaces its own weight in water, melting will have NO EFFECT on sea levels.

    Chicken little, call yer office.

    Meanwhile, the crickets chirp as the ice in Antarctica has increased over the last 20-30 years.

    Oops. Doesn’t fit the narrative. Down the memory hole wit ewe.

  6. Mister C says:

    Fill a glass halfway with water. Place an ice cube in the same glass…the water level will rise. Mark the water level. Cover the glass of iced water to prevent evaporating moisture from escaping. Wait until the ice cube has completely melted and mark the new water level. It will be less than it was when the ice was displacing the volume of water in the glass. When water freezes, it expands, increasing volume; not weight. When ice melts, its volume decreases to the original liquid measure. To make a long story short, it may happen that if all the sea ice melts, then the sea level may actually recede.

    I don’t have much scientific knowledge, but I do drink single malt scotch whiskey with ice. Through years of inattentive observation, I’ve reached this epiphany. Maybe global scientists should drink more.

  7. joeblough says:

    This is a religious mania.

    The people who traffic in this stuff would be far better off if they just went to a normal church.

  8. canary says:

    I wonder if they were even at the Arctic. This led me to do some research on a few rocks I bought, (as we don’t have global warming where I live. It’s been coolest summers for at least a decade). Anyways, the sales girl, young, started talking all this millions of years ago, and how it would be billions of years before California breaks off the coast. I told her dinasours were on the earth just a few thousand years ago. So, she was telling me how this one rock came from millons of years ago. I didn’t buy it. I played along, and told her she was so educated, and did she go to college. She went to a major university but got her degree in communications. I tried to hide my smile. So, I looked up the rock, and found it formed not from being under the ocean millions of years ago, but from rocks moving against each other. I got everywhere from a few years, decades,
    thousands, millions, and eons (I had to look up “eons” and it means billions)

    I do not believe scientists have any measuring tools to determine, millions and billions of years ago. And dinasours did not die from people driving cars. I doubt there were enough wheels made from stone that caused the dinasours to die either.

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