Saturday, September 15, 2007

29 years is just not long enough...

Via Mark Wadsworth's Great news for international shipping! post, I find this BBC News shock horror! article on the opening up of the Northwest Passage.
The most direct shipping route from Europe to Asia is fully clear of ice for the first time since records began, the European Space Agency (Esa) says.

Historically, the Northwest Passage linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans has been ice-bound through the year.

But the agency says ice cover has been steadily shrinking, and this summer's reduction has made the route navigable.

The findings, based on satellite images, raised concerns about the speed of global warming.

Fuck me! Global warming must be happening—we're all going to fucking die! I mean, they must have been monitoring that Northwest Passage for fucking ages, eh?
The Northwest Passage is one of the most fabled sea routes in the world - a short cut from Europe to Asia through the Canadian Arctic.

Recent years have seen a marked shrinkage in its ice cover, but this year it was extreme, Esa says.

It says this made the passage "fully navigable" for the first time since monitoring began in 1978.

Oh, only since 1978. Oh dear, that's not very long at all, is it? I mean, I hear that the summer of 1976 was pretty hot: do we know that the Passage wasn't open then?

In fact, since solar output has been measured as increasing from much the same sort of time, and icesheets of that bulk do take some time to melt, I'm not actually immensely surprised.

Do remember, though: the Beeb has no line on climate change...

UPDATE: there's more on this massive pile of alarmist wank from FreeBorn John. Go read...

9 comments:

Peter Risdon said...

See here. These seas were navigated in 1948.

Ed said...

When I saw the headline my first reaction was: that will cut of price of my next iPod...

Mark Wadsworth said...

Ta muchly for hat-tip.

Mark Wadsworth said...

Actually it's 29 years, or have I missed something?

Devil's Kitchen said...

Whoops! Corrected...

I was coding something in the background and wasn't concentrating...

DK

Peter Risdon said...

It gets worse. Much worse. Read this.

Peter Risdon said...

Hey, it gets even worse. This being a sweary blog, perhaps I can ask what the fuck these cunts think they're playing at?

seraphim's toilet said...

I strongly suspect that by "fully clear of ice" they mean "not actually frozen solid anywhere". In other words the passage is ice-free apart from the millions of icebergs floating in it.

I'm a little surprised the Devil didn't make some graphic remark about how he'd open their fucking passages for them, and what with. Surprised, and disappointed.

ENGLISHMAN said...

So we can look forward to many more "exon valdises"and huge amounts of rubbish floating around in these pristine waters choking the wildlife and easier access for seal clubbing.