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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Quote of the Year

I know, I know. It's only the first day of the year, but considering the source of the following, this is very significant.

Today’s interpreters of the weather are what social scientists call availability entrepreneurs: the activists, journalists and publicity-savvy scientists who selectively monitor the globe looking for newsworthy evidence of a new form of sinfulness, burning fossil fuels.

A year ago, British meteorologists made headlines predicting that the buildup of greenhouse gases would help make 2007 the hottest year on record. At year’s end, even though the British scientists reported the global temperature average was not a new record — it was actually lower than any year since 2001 — the BBC confidently proclaimed, “2007 Data Confirms Warming Trend.”

When the Arctic sea ice last year hit the lowest level ever recorded by satellites, it was big news and heralded as a sign that the whole planet was warming. When the Antarctic sea ice last year reached the highest level ever recorded by satellites, it was pretty much ignored. A large part of Antarctica has been cooling recently, but most coverage of that continent has focused on one small part that has warmed.

When Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans in 2005, it was supposed to be a harbinger of the stormier world predicted by some climate modelers. When the next two hurricane seasons were fairly calm — by some measures, last season in the Northern Hemisphere was the calmest in three decades — the availability entrepreneurs changed the subject. Droughts in California and Australia became the new harbingers of climate change (never mind that a warmer planet is projected to have more, not less, precipitation over all).
When the New York Times, arguably one of the most left-leaning of the major newspapers, takes on the global warming fear-mongers perhaps that is a harbinger of things to come.

h/t: Noel Sheppard

Update: as for that melting icecap in the Arctic, take note of this Dec 9, 2007 post:
"In the Northern Hemisphere, the ice and snow cover have recovered to within 1% (one snowstorm) of normal with the official start of winter still more than 12 days away."
h/t: SDA

Update #2: Thanks to Jonathan in the comments: Currently the world has more ice cover than normal. You won't hear that reported in the mainstream media. Click graph for larger image.

1 comment:

Jonathan Lowe said...

Global sea ice levels are at 1 million square kilometers more than normal as shown here.