Giving Proper Credit

Arctic sea ice extent declined from 1979-2007, but since then the trend has been flat.

In 2008, Obama healed the planet.

He isn’t getting proper credit for this however from NASA, who predicted the Arctic would be ice-free several years ago.

“Summer Arctic sea ice extent is shrinking by 12.2% per decade due to warmer temperatures.”


Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Extent | Vital Signs – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

“The Modesto Bee Wed, Dec 12, 2007 -Page 3

“The Arctic is screaming,” said Mark Serreze, senior scientist at the government’s snow and ice data center in Boulder, Colo.

Just last year, two top scientists surprised their colleagues by projecting that the Arctic sea ice was melting so rapidly that it could disappear by the summer of 2040,

A blip or an ominous sign?

This week, after reviewing his new data, NASA climate scientist Jay Zwally said: “At this rate, the Arctic Ocean could be nearly ice-free at the end of summer by 2012, much faster than previous predictions.”

Dec 12, 2007, page 3 – The Modesto Bee at

“We see a tipping point occurring right before our eyes,” Hansen told the AP before the luncheon, “I’he Arctic is the first tipping point and it’s occurring exactly the way we said it would.”

Hansen, echoing work by other scientists, said that in five to 10 years, the Arctic will be free of sea ice in the summer,

Longtime global warming skeptic Sen, James Inhofe, R-Okla , citing a recent poll, said in a statement, “Hansen, (former Vice President) Gore and the media have been trumpeting man-made climate doom since the 1980s, But Americans are not buying it.”

But Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., committee chairman, said, “Dr. Hansen was right, ‘Twenty years later, we recognize him as a climate prophet.”

June 24, 2008

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5 Responses to Giving Proper Credit

  1. Conrad Ziefle says:

    It looks like today is right on the mean for the time period.
    But that’s okay, says wanna be climate expert, Conrad, in his new article in Earth First Magazine, the science publication of the Deeply Concerned Scientist Identifiers Association, “Today’s global warming has caused 88F to be as hot as 128F once was. Yes, the planet can no longer tolerate 88F and has begun to burn up at that temperature. This is a catastrophic result of global warming and the modern educational systems.

    • Bob G says:

      good point Conrad. let us not forget that forests that used to catch on fire at 300 to 500 degrees also start to burn now at under 120, maybe even as low as 88. lol

  2. Disillusioned says:

    I canceled my bucket list trip to the Arctic, to hear it screaming. I have more important things to get to on the list. I doubt it is screaming, anyway. I think Serreze probably heard a baby harp seal looking for its mother and decided to go with the tall tale.

  3. Peter Carroll says:

    Why is it always only the Arctic sea ice that is “screaming”? What about the Antarctic sea ice, doesn’t that “scream ” as well and just as loudly? Or maybe it’s too far away to be heard by the climate “experts”?

  4. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    The reason why Arctic sea ice has declined since 1979 is that 1979 was right at the bottom of the AMO, and the two are closely correlated. As you would expect since the AMO is based on sea surface temperatures in the norther Atlantic adjacent to the ice cap.


    I’ve scaled and flipped the sea ice data so you can see how it follows the AMO. The AMO plateaued around 2000 and Arctic sea ice is now also plateauing somewhat later. Again as you would expect.

    And as you can see the AMO is on a ~60 year cycle. Ironically one of Mikey Mann’s early papers (Knight et al 2005 GRL) demonstrated that the AMO cycle is persistent in the paleodata for at least the last thousand years. He’s been walking back from that for a long time now, once he realized the data disproves CO2 as a major climate forcing.

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