Monday, March 17, 2008

Climate change: then and now

Here is the BBC today, still banging on in its impartial fashion (speaking of which, did anyone see the BBC piece on the Manhattan Declaration? No, me neither*).
The rate at which some of the world's glaciers are melting has more than doubled, data from the United Nations Environment Programme has shown.

And here is His Ecclesiastical Eminence with a piece from... well... sometime ago.
The Washington Post in 1922.

Helpfully, Biased BBC points out that Arctic Sea ice is back to normal and the world has endured its coldest winter for decades, so it's probably fair to say that global catastrophe is not yet upon us.

Ah, but the UN are talking about glaciers, not icecaps, I hear you say. Well, take a look at this report from the Washington Post back in 1922 (H/T Anthony Watts).

Here's the text in more legible form:
The Arctic ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consul Ifft, at Bergen, Norway.

Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers, he declared, all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone. Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met with as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes. Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm.
Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared. Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts, which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds.

Perspective is a wonderful thing.

Ain't it just?

* Genuinely though, if anyone can find a BBC piece reporting on the Manhattan Declaration, please leave a link in the comments.


ChrisM said...

Andrew Neil mentioned it on The Polictics Show on Thursday after Question Time when he had some green harriden on.

Anonymous said...

Oh for goodness sake! The issue is not that it happened before, or a zillion times before and the world survied.

It is the fact that we NOW know we are to blame.

Um, not me as such as I am a AGW-loving capitalist-hating socialist so am exempt from any blame. But you lot, you only object because you personally are to blame for the fact there is no ice left in the world at all and all polar bears are dead.

See how much worse it is today?

Neal Asher said...

All I want to know is why the fuck is my central heating still on, eh? As for ice, it's great in a gin and tonic, but I can do without it elsewhere. The only thing to do is laugh at these pricks.

On a related note, didn't the 'scientist' concerned look slightly embarrassed, or was that my imagination?

Henry Crun said...

Hang on, that can't be right. I'm sure I read a report a couple of weeks ago from Greenland that said the ice had been further south this winter than in living memory and that some towns in Greenland had a serious polar bear problem as they were scavenging in towns because the lazy beasts couldn't be arsed to walk oll that way chasing seals.

When the greenies start banging on about Arctic sea temperatures - just remind them of increased volcanic activity in the Gakken Ridge. Superheated water rising up from the seabed can't have an effect on seawater temperatures, can it?

Fuckwits, the lot of 'em.

Anonymous said...

And here is His Ecclesiastical Eminence with...

I presume you meant to link to Bishop hill?