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    Arctic Sees Massive Gain in Ice Coverage
    Michael Asher (Blog) - September 3, 2008 2:44 PM


    A map of the sea ice increase from the same month last yearIncrease twice the size of Germany: "colder weather" to blame.

    Data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has indicated a dramatic increase in sea ice extent in the Arctic regions. The growth over the past year covers an area of 700,000 square kilometers: an amount twice the size the nation of Germany.

    With the Arctic melting season over for 2008, ice cover will continue to increase until melting begins anew next spring.

    The data is for August 2008 and indicates a total sea ice area of six million square kilometers. Ice extent for the same month in 2007 covered 5.3 million square kilometers, a historic low. Earlier this year, media accounts were rife with predictions that this year would again see a new record. Instead, the Arctic has seen a gain of about thirteen percent.

    William Chapman, a researcher with the Arctic Climate Research Center at the University of Illinois, tells DailyTech that this year the Arctic was "definitely colder" than 2007. Chapman also says part of the reason for the large ice loss in 2007 was strong winds from Siberia, which affect both ice formation and drift, forcing ice into warmer waters where it melts.

    Earlier predictions were also wrong because researchers thought thinner ice would melt faster in subsequent years. Instead, according to the NSIDC, the new ice had less snow coverage to insulate it from the bitterly cold air, resulting in a faster rate of ice growth.

    Most concern has focused on the Arctic regions, rather than Antarctica. Recent research has indicated Antarctica is on a long-term cooling trend, for reasons which remain unclear.

    Earlier this year, concerns over global warming led the US to officially list the polar bear a threatened species, over objections from experts who claimed the animal's numbers were increasing.
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    So, lemme get this straight, it melts in the summer when temps rise, and it re-freezes in fall and winter. And it does this every year, which would make it....predictable.

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    Well of course. This also is evidence for global warming. See that part of the Arctic, up until a few years ago, was so cold that ice actually couldn't form there. But now, the smog from all America's cars has somehow accumulated above a region that has no cars and the sun has overheated that area. Now ice is forming which is bad because more ice means less ocean for the Narwhals to swim in. Panic.

    I suggest we levy a "Nowhere for the Narwhals" tax on America to offset this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Troll View Post
    Well of course. This also is evidence for global warming. See that part of the Arctic, up until a few years ago, was so cold that ice actually couldn't form there. But now, the smog from all America's cars has somehow accumulated above a region that has no cars and the sun has overheated that area. Now ice is forming which is bad because more ice means less ocean for the Narwhals to swim in. Panic.

    I suggest we levy a "Nowhere for the Narwhals" tax on America to offset this.
    No, the Daily Tech article is evidence that Michael Asher is a dishonest prick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Night Owl View Post
    No, the Daily Tech article is evidence that Michael Asher is a dishonest prick.
    Nevermind those satellite pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teetop View Post
    Nevermind those satellite pics.
    Oh, I'm not suggesting that Michael Asher is lying about the numbers. What he is doing is making a pointless comparison which creates a false impression of the situation in the Arctic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Night Owl View Post
    Oh, I'm not suggesting that Michael Asher is lying about the numbers. What he is doing is making a pointless comparison which creates a false impression of the situation in the Arctic.

    Just what the "global warming alarmist" do...



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    Quote Originally Posted by The Night Owl View Post
    Oh, I'm not suggesting that Michael Asher is lying about the numbers. What he is doing is making a pointless comparison which creates a false impression of the situation in the Arctic.
    And, of course, no one on your side could be lying. Nope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Night Owl View Post
    No, the Daily Tech article is evidence that Michael Asher is a dishonest prick.
    That makes at least two of you !
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Night Owl View Post
    Oh, I'm not suggesting that Michael Asher is lying about the numbers. What he is doing is making a pointless comparison which creates a false impression of the situation in the Arctic.
    A before and after satellite map of the same region with more ice packs is pointless ?
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