I'm minding my own business last night, surfing the net, and came upon this, written by Roanoke Times columnist Christian Trejbal, in the Times's "Roundtable":
George Will vs. climate change
On Sunday, we ran a column in our Horizon section by George Will. In it, he argued that climate change is a bunch of bunk. Turns out the real bunk was his research.
Over at Talking Points Memo, they've been trying to pin down where, precisely, Will came up with some of his claims. For example, he reported that the University of Illinois' Arctic Climate Research Center says that global sea ice levels are now the same as they were in 1979. The organization has disavowed any connection to Will's claim and in fact reportst hat sea ice levels have indeed declined over 30 years.
No word yet from Will or the Washington Post apologizing or admitting he was full of it.
Thanks to a rapid rebound in recent months, global sea ice levels now equal those seen 29 years ago, when the year 1979 also drew to a close.
Ice levels had been tracking lower throughout much of 2008, but rapidly recovered in the last quarter. In fact, the rate of increase from September onward is the fastest rate of change on record, either upwards or downwards.
The data is being reported by the University of Illinois's Arctic Climate Research Center, and is derived from satellite observations of the Northern and Southern hemisphere polar regions.
Sure enough. The University of Illinois Arctic Climate Research Center is mentioned as the source.
So, are George Will and Daily Tech wrong? Is their allegation "bunk"?
Let's go to the source - The University of Illinois Arctic Climate Research Center (as the niwits at Talking Points Memo might have done, before making fools of themselves). After reading a disclaimer that Mr. Will did not get his facts from them, we find in something entitled, "Statement related to Daily Tech article of January 1, 2009," the following:
"Observed global sea ice area, defined here as a sum of N. Hemisphere and S.
Hemisphere sea ice areas, is near or slightly lower than those observed in late 1979, as
noted in the Daily Tech article." [my emphasis]
Yeah, it doesn't say that sea ice levels in 2008 were the same as they were in 1979. But they are NEAR the same. Nearly the same as in long-ago 1979. On a dangerously warming planet. This after environmentalists and global warming alarmists used the melting ice cap line to bolster their rapidly melting argument that the planet is warming. How is that possible?
Don't write. I'll tell you. They argue that computer models predicted it.
I kid you not:
Almost all global climate models project a decrease in the Northern Hemisphere sea ice area over the next several decades under increasing greenhouse gas scenarios. But, the same model responses of the Southern Hemisphere sea ice are less certain. In fact, there have been some recent studies suggesting the amount of sea ice in the Southern Hemisphere may initially increase as a response to atmospheric warming through increased evaporation and subsequent snowfall onto the sea ice.
There's no possibility that these "scientists" have constructed their computer models to fit the situation on the ground as it's actually unfolding, is there?
"The planet's ice caps are melting - as predicted.
"Except for one of the planet's two ice caps, which is growing.
"Which we predicted."
Gimme a break.
And you, Mr. Trejbal, who claims to be a journalist, you should be better than this.