by Dave Blount | March 5, 2010 3:36 pm
Global warming has struck again:
Thirty to 40 ships — including several passenger ships — were stuck Thursday in ice off the coast of Sweden, said a spokesman for the Maritime Search and Rescue Center in Gothenburg, Sweden. … The center identified one of the passenger ships as the Amorella, with 753 passengers and 190 crew members.
According to Tommy Gardebring, press officer with the Swedish Maritime Administration:
“It has been a lot colder than normal in the southern parts of the Baltic sea … the ice breakers that normally operate haven’t been able to cope with the ice, which is why we are sending additional ice breakers.”
To think that only last weekend, the esteemed scientist Al Gore was yelling about “the speed with which the Arctic ice cap is disappearing.”
Let’s hope frigid conditions don’t impede dogged efforts to discover that the life-giving carbon dioxide produced by all human activity not only makes it be too hot out, but also acidifies the ocean somewhere down there under all the ice.
Two teams of explorers and scientists are on their way to the Arctic for the first international project to measure the amount of carbon dioxide in water beneath the ice. … Both teams will be drilling into the ice to collect water samples used to measure the amount of carbon dioxide in the water at various depths, according to the director of the Catlin Arctic Survey, arctic explorer Pen Hadow.
“There is very little if any information about to what extent increasing levels of carbon dioxide in recent times has acidified the waters under the ice,” Hadow said.
Oceans are believed to absorb around one third of the CO2 in the atmosphere, according to the Fourth Assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Their loyalty is impressive. Even now, moonbats refer to the IPCC as if it were a credible organization, although in the aftermath of HimalayaGate we’ve learned that this UN racket’s shrill reports of planetary doom are largely based on what they call “gray literature” rather than peer-reviewed science.
But then, despite a lot of scary talk about extinction as well as “dissolution of shells, slower growth, muscle wastage and dwarfism” among sea creatures if we don’t stop producing harmless CO2, the arctic expedition spectacle isn’t exactly a serious operation.
The last time the Catlin Arctic Survey team ventured into the Arctic, in 2009, they measured ice thickness and concluded that ice could stop forming over the Arctic Ocean during summer in as little as 20 years.
Another alarming possibility is that in as little as 20 minutes, every hog in Iowa will grow wings and fly off to the North Pole, soiling the pristine polar bears and Santa’s elves with their droppings.
“The sea ice is looking like it’s not going to be a year round feature in the next 20 or 30 years. So the lid is coming off an ocean which is suddenly able to absorb carbon dioxide in a way that it hasn’t been able to before,” Hadow said.
Now that it’s becoming indisputable that carbon dioxide isn’t really making it warmer, we’ll no doubt be told that it’s only because the CO2 is too busy poisoning the ocean. But not to worry, no crisis is so planet-threatening that we can’t cure it by increasing taxes, regulations, and the power of corrupt bureaucrats.
On tips from Air2air and Oiao. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.
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