Monday, September 17, 2007


Satellite photo of ice cover over Arctic poll - 2007 (Source: European Space Agency)
The most direct shipping route from Europe to Asia is fully clear of ice for the first time since records began, the European Space Agency (Esa) says.

Historically, the Northwest Passage linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans has been ice-bound through the year.

But the agency says ice cover has been steadily shrinking, and this summer's reduction has made the route navigable.

The findings, based on satellite images, raised concerns about the speed of global warming.


The Northwest Passage is one of the most fabled sea routes in the world - a short cut from Europe to Asia through the Canadian Arctic.

Recent years have seen a marked shrinkage in its ice cover, but this year it was extreme, Esa says.

It says this made the passage "fully navigable" for the first time since monitoring began in 1978.

1978!!! You mean we started monitoring the ice at the END of a cooling period? I'll bet, although they were not monitoring this then, that in the 1930's that this passage WAS navigable then too... In fact it may have been navigable almost permanently back in the medieval warm period. In fact when Greenland was Green I am sure that this route would have been open. But according to the mainstream education, America had not been discovered and the earth was thought to be flat back then so nobody would have dared venture out there in there little boats.

Using phraseology like, "this has been the worst melt since records began," is very misleading and very emotive and paints a wholly inaccurate picture of arctic ice.

What is also NEVER mentioned these days is the antarctic ice, which is getting thicker and wider, the majority of glacier's on the planet are increasing in size and the Polar Bears have survived long periods when the earth has been much warmer than today.

The people who wish to control what we think and do are trying everything to convince us that AGW is real and forget all that nonsense about the way the climate behaved in the past. They must have theri quasi-religious cult brainwash as many of us as possible.

I am not against reducing polution, but the idea of getting every TV in the UK to have it's stand-by function disabled and putting a £3000.oo tax on 4x4's SUV's is not going to make the Northern ice re-freeze.

I have no problem with taking action to solve a problem, IF we know there is a good chance of success. With something as (supposedly) catastrphic as global warming, I have no problem making major sacrifices even if there is the slightest chance of success. However, when the knee-jerkers are running bout saying we must use solutions that create a bigger carbon footprint (EG energy efficient bulbs, whose manufacturing process consumes more energy per-bulb, than the bulb saves over it's lifetime, or windmills placed in places with low levels of wind, so that the carbon footprint of manufacturing it is greater than the energy it will produce over its lifetime) and when the solutions are guaranteed to fail, because even if the UK does reduce its carbon output to zero, it will NOT stop global warming. for 2 reasons.
1. the Chinese and Indians will still increase their output by more than what we, in the UK, produce thus completely negating all our efforts and
2. Global Climate change is not solely driven by CO2.
Then I greatly resent having to make sacrifices that will achieve absolutely nothing!

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