May 29 2008
It is just hilariously ironic that a tour of the Arctic Ice melt, due to Global Warming, is now caught in and ice pack not seen in four years:
From the Globe and Mail article:
I am on the bridge of the massive Russian icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov, and the tension is palpable. We have hit ice – thick ice.
The ice master studies the mountains of white packed around the ship while the 24,000-horsepower diesel engines work at full throttle to open a path. The ship rises slowly onto the barrier of ice, crushes it and tosses aside blocks the size of small cars as if they were ice cubes in a glass. It creeps ahead a few metres, then comes to a halt, its bow firmly wedged in the ice. After doing this for two days, the ship can go no farther.
The ice master confers with the captain, who makes a call to the engine room. The engines are shut down. He turns to those of us watching the drama unfold, and we are shocked by his words: â€œNow, only nature can help this ship.â€ We are doomed to drift.
What irony. I am a passenger on one of the most powerful icebreakers in the world, travelling through the Northwest Passage – which is supposed to become almost ice-free in a time of global warming, the next shipping route across the top of the world – and here we are, stuck in the ice, engines shut down, bridge deserted. Only time and tide can free us.
The ice extent in both the northern and southern hemispheres is growing, with this year being a record for the southern hemisphere:
According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, the April 2008 Northern Hemisphere sea ice extent, which is measured from passive microwave instruments onboard NOAA satellites, was below the 1979-2000 mean, but greater than the previous four years.
Meanwhile, the April 2008 Southern Hemisphere sea ice extent was much above the 1979-2000 mean. This was the largest sea ice extent in AprilÂ (17.5 percent above the 1979-2000 mean)Â over the 30-year historical period, surpassing the previous record set in 1982 by 4.1 percent. Sea ice extent for April has increased at a rate of 2.5 percent per decade.
Just a reminder here about “global” warming concepts. Â They are built upon the idea ever increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere (which due to the physics of chemistry are relatively consistent across the globe) increase temperature by trapping heat. Â While there can be some regional variations, they cannot be too disparate for these models to be true. Â Elements within a gas disperse to a uniform distribution. Â While CO2 levels rise in one area they will rise across the globe as the CO2 distributes basically evenly. Â The Southern Hemisphere should not be seeing this enormous amount of ice development over 30 years if the warming was due to gas distributions in our atmosphere.Â
A few facts for the zealots from the Church of Al Gore to ponder as they grasp onto their own variant of ‘creationism’ – where the Earth God is angry at humanity for its exploitation of nature!