“unthinkable just a decade ago”

“The climate crisis has pushed the planet’s stores of ice to a widespread collapse that was “unthinkable just a decade ago”, with Arctic sea ice certain to vanish in summers and ruinous sea level rise from melting glaciers now already in motion, a major new report has warned.”

World faces ‘terminal’ loss of Arctic sea ice during summers, report warns | Climate crisis | The Guardian

‘Next year or the year after, the Arctic will be free of ice’ | Sea ice | The Guardian

Meltdown in the Arctic is speeding up | Climate crisis | The Guardian

Ice-free Arctic could be here in 23 years | Environment | The Guardian

Here is same story from seventy years ago.

“Dr. William S. Carlson, an Arctic expert, said last night that polar ice caps were melting at an astonishing and unexplained rate, and threatening to swamp seaports by raising ocean levels. Dr. Carlson said it would take hundreds of years for the melting to have much effect, but the rate in the last half-century had been exceedingly rapid. “The glaciers of Norway and Alaska are only half the size they were 50 years ago”

19 Feb 1952 – Melting Ice May Swamp Seaports – Trove

23 Jan 1977, 7 – Independent at Newspapers.com

Cedar Rapids Gazette, Dec 11, 1939, p. 25

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14 Responses to “unthinkable just a decade ago”

  1. Strange use of the word ‘unthinkable’. Catastrophic sea level rise was precisely what the alarmists were thinking a decade ago. And the decade before that …

  2. rah says:

    In Buffalo last night they had thunder snow:

    The great lakes are relatively warm and a strong Arctic blast is blowing in over them and that means Lake Effect in a big way.

    Tuesday night this trucker took his 10 hour break in the lot at MAGNA in Newaygo, MI. I woke up to a winter wonderland. About 4″ of heavy wet snow had fallen sticking to the trees and weighing down the pine boughs.

    After delivering at Newaygo I went west to Port City Casting on the north side of Muskegon. Newaygo is in apple orchard country and the trees still had their leaves, many of them still green. But they were covered in snow.

    The last pickup was at DENSO in Battle Creek and then I went to the Vandalia, OH terminal which lies right across US 40 from the Dayton Airport. There I dropped the loaded trailer and hooked to an empty to take back to the Anderson terminal.

    The empty trailer I had picked up had a tire problem and I took it to the Express Bay at the Garage in Anderson. While the mechanic worked that problem I went to the parts department and got two sets of heavy duty winter windshield wiper blades. I put one set on and put the spare set in my passengers side tool box.

    I have no doubt that it is going to be a much longer and colder and much snowier winter than we in the states have experienced for some time. It is still about five weeks before meteorological winter starts on Dec. 21 but old man Winter is already announcing his arrival in big ways in many places in this country.

    And from the weather patterns it appears that Europe is in for the same as we are going to have. Joe Bastardi believes the current weather patterns portends a shift of the AMO to negative.

    • Disillusioned says:

      Joe Bastardi believes the current weather patterns portends a shift of the AMO to negative.

      Yeah, I have been watching it for a decade. I have been enjoying a the mild side of the cycle, which I knew it cannot last forever, wondering when again we’d be dealing with the cold again.

      Not only do we have the AMO probably leaving the positive phase, according to the NOAA Climate Prediction Center the monthly average temperatures in the uppermost 300 m of the Pacific Ocean between 160oE and 80oW have been on a downhill slide for three years. And the PDO has been negative since 2017.

      Without missing a beat, the useful idiots continue to refer to climate realists (who get things correct) as climate “denialists.” Orwell was prescient. His brain is spinning in his grave.

  3. Gamecock says:

    “. . . with Arctic sea ice certain to vanish in summers and ruinous sea level rise from melting glaciers now already in motion, a major new report has warned.”

    Warned? Sea ice vanishing in summer is DESIRABLE!

  4. arn says:

    It was absolutely thinkable 10 years ago that arctic sea ice will disappear
    as this was what Al Gore and friends had been shouting this non stop for years and years.

    Nowadays it is unthinkable for experts that arctic sea ice will disappear as Al Gore and friends told us thar arctic sea ice will be gone by 2015.

    The only (once) unthinkable thing is,that noone what have thought that experts would recycle the same lies over and over again.

  5. GeologyJim says:

    Yeah, but ..
    Every time it’s summer in the Arctic and snow is melting, it’s WINTER IN ANTARCTICA and the snow keeps piling up

    The idiots who ignore this fact also ignore the fact that half of earth is always dark (limited or no solar energy) and winds are always ephemeral (limited or no wind energy)

    To quote Bugs Bunny, “What a bunch of maroons!”

  6. conrad ziefle says:

    I guess Oliver wasn’t alive in 2008, because I had a coworker who was convinced by the same kind of writers, that the Arctic would be ice free the next year. Perhaps Oliver of this article has never heard of Al Gore? Lastly, how much will the seas rise if all of the sea ice melts? If this is difficult to answer, just go read the writing of Archimedes from over 2000 years ago. He figured it out.

  7. LexingtonGreen says:

    Tony, how did I miss that you were back on Twitter? I assume it is you and not an imposter. May I humbly suggest a pinned comment so people know the good news.

    Enjoy the holidays.

    • conrad ziefle says:

      Well now we understand Elon is just imitating his fellow countryman, Mandela and throwing the prisons’ doors open. Surely, this is a cause for celebration among the progressives.

  8. Billyjack says:

    Looks like the DMI is keeping up as usual. Every time the current ice extent area begins approaching the 1981 to 2010 average, the coverage they report stops to make sure it doesn’t appear to be back to normal.


    • Steven Fraser says:

      DMI has its own issues with reporting Sea Ice. Regularly, they trim off older, thick sections. Tony has often commented on it.

      So far, Greenland Surface Mass Balance is trending above the light-gray band representing historical data, which means that the value is above all the prior years for the date… with the exception that we cannot see the value for the highest year.


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