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The Sun Melted Glaciers Faster In 1940s

From the seemingly confused Agence France-Pressee:

Sunshine speeded 1940s Swiss glacier melt: scientists

December 14, 2009

(AFP) – GENEVA — A surge in sunshine more than 60 years ago helped Swiss mountain glaciers melt faster than today, even though warmer average temperatures are being recorded now, Swiss researchers said Monday.

Their study into the impact of solar radiation on Alpine glaciers made the "surprising discovery" that in the 1940s, and especially summer 1947, the ice floes lost the most ice since measurements begin 95 years ago, according to Zurich’s Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ).

Yet, average temperatures have been rising in the past two decades and scientists have said glacier melt is accelerating at unprecedented levels under the impact of climate change.

"The surprising thing is that this paradox can be explained relatively easily with radiation," said one the ETHZ researchers, Matthias Huss, in the university’s online review.

"This should not lead people to conclude that the current period of global warming is not really as big of a problem for the glaciers as previously assumed," he added.

The researchers found from historic data on three Swiss glaciers, as well as radiation recordings from the eastern Alpine town of Davos, that the level of sunshine in the 1940s was eight percent higher than average and significantly higher than now.

As a result, snow and ice melted by about four percent.

A phase of less sunshine — global dimming — from the 1950s to 1980s also corresponded with the advance in the snout of glaciers.

However, the ETHZ scientists said they also found that "temperature-based opposing mechanisms" came into play about 30 years ago and have been sustained.

The study published in the peer reviewed journal "Geophysical Research Letters" is part of broader reseach [sic] into the impact of climate change on the Alps and the role of solar radiation in climate models.

Studies have shown that solar radiation can vary substantially due to cloud cover and aerosols — particles and gases — in the atmosphere.

Weren’t we just told that sunspots have nothing to do with global warming? And now this?

We though the science was ‘settled.’

They need to come up with a story and stick to it.

"This should not lead people to conclude that the current period of global warming is not really as big of a problem for the glaciers as previously assumed," he added.

Wait, it looks like they have.

And any details to the contrary be damned!

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, December 14th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “The Sun Melted Glaciers Faster In 1940s”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    It’s final.

    Civilization and comfort breed mind-blowing ignorance faster than doing pure crystal meth out of a pipe.

    Never before has civilization been so comfortable, or so stupid.

    This is the first generation in all of Mankind’s history to not know the Sun causes our climates.

    (banging head on desk)

    Thanks, American Teachers Union, United Federation of Teachers and National Education Association. Well done. You’ve raised generations of dunces.

    (puts his hand out the window to feel the Sun’s warmth)

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Finally……. the people who told the Islamist to stick their Minarettes up their kazoos weigh in. Seems that they have been doing “their” research away from the bong.
    This gives the sane people something to yodel about!!

  3. canary says:

    The idea of a piece of ice keeping it’s exact shape would mean something wrong with it. Don’t the little glaciers have more ice now. Maybe they can grow rice paddies someday.

  4. proreason says:

    They always seem shocked when they discover that the Earth isn’t a static system.

    Their ignorance is boundless.

    And they call us flat-earthers.

    I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating. Since it is guaranteed that the earth’s climate will change, which would you rather have…..warming, or cooling.

    The WHOLE ISSUE is one that first graders would be able to resolve in 5 minutes.

  5. crosspatch says:

    Hey, Steve, you might want to have a look at this. It appears that the UN IPCC chairman has quite a personal financial stake in policy stemming from “Global Warming”.

    This guy has his fingers in so many pots he must have needed a hand transplant to get more fingers!

    • Liberals Demise says:

      “…..and dingleBarry is upset with Fat Cat Bankers?”

      For someone who is against the Status Quo so much, it seems this is what they want to make their “Status Quo”.
      Criminal Cohabitation! All of them…..Lock, Stock and Barrel!!

    • GetBackJack says:

      Ho Ho, CrossPatch … well done. And while you’re at it … check out the Carbon Credit trading market Goldman Sachs has been constructing with … you guessed it .. the Goracle as their (unrevealed) spokesman.

      Now and forever … follow the damn money.

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