Those in the man-made global warming camp have repeatedly tried to slag those who don’t agree with them as deniers, equating them with people who deny the Jewish holocaust. It is not about the issue of warming, because the earth has been regularly warming and cooling for centuries as part of its natural cycles, it is whether or not man is causing it.
Just recently researchers from England’s University of Reading went through the log books of turn of the 19th-century Antarctic explores Earnest Shackleton and Robert Scott.
They made a horrifying discovery for those embedded in the man-made global warming camp. Scott and Shackleton’s 100 year-old log books revealed that the Antarctic ice bed was basically the same size then, as it is today.
This means despite the cries of ‘wolf,’ the Antarctic ice bed has not shrunk because of human activity.
For those in the man-made global warming camp, melting of the polar ice caps because of CO2 is at the very core of their beliefs. This will cause sea levels to rise, sink islands and wash away coastal cities.
This is the ‘wolf’ supposedly at the door if we don’t immediately cut human CO2 emissions.
The log books of Shackleton and Scott just put a dagger in the heart of this belief.
Scott and Shackleton were part of three teams racing to see who would be the first to reach the South Pole in the early 1900s. Scott died in his attempt in 1912, while Shackleton’s ship sank in 1915. That race was eventually won by Norwegian Roald Amundsen.
The Reading group poured through Scott’s three log books and Shackleton’s two that covered 11 journey’s they made between 1897 and 1917.
These two explorers were not caught up in the climate-change hysteria. They were not receiving millions of dollars in grants to find evidence of man-made global warming.
They had no axe to grind. They simply recorded what they saw.
Based on their record, the ice beds at the turn of the last century were 5.3 to 6.4 million square kilometers in size. Today the ice bed sits at 5.9 million square kilometers.
But it was quite a bit larger in the 1950s, leading some to pounce on this shrinkage as evidence of man-made global warming.
However, in the process they had to ignore NASA satellite records that show the Antarctica sea bed has increased in size every year since the mid 1980s.
However, with the ice bed being considerably smaller in the 1900s and with no SUVs around to blame it on, this data reveals the earth’s natural cycles is the cause of the changing ice pack size, not CO2.
Speaking on behalf of the Reading group, Dr. Jonathan Day said:
“We know sea ice in the Antarctic has increased slightly over the past 30 years, since satellite observations began. Scientists have grappled with this trend in the context of global warming, but these new findings suggest it may not be anything new.
“If ice levels were as low a century ago as estimated in this research, then a similar increase may have occurred between then and the middle of the century, when previous studies suggest ice levels were far higher.”
I previously reported the disquieting discovery by a group of researchers from the Massachusetts’ Woods Hole Oceangraphic Institution, who used underwater drones to analyze the size of the Antarctic ice pack.
They were there to uncover the impact of man-made global warming on ice thickness.
Instead they found exactly the opposite.
The Antarctic ice pack was twice as thick as their global warming models predicted. Where they were expecting to find ice measuring 3 to 6 feet thick (1 to 2 meters), they found the average was double — 5 feet to 18 feet thick (1.5 meters to 6 meters). Where they expected to find maximum thickness of 16′ (5 meters), they found places where it was 60′ thick (20 meters).
There is no wolf.
The Daily Mail describes the problem this way:
Of course, the discovery that emerged this week from the records kept by Shackleton and Scott supports what we already knew from modern research — that what is going on at the bottom of the world is the most embarrassing single flaw in the whole global warming theory.
Isn’t the whole point about ‘global warming’ that it is meant to be ‘global’?
So how does that stack up when Antarctica appears to be cooling, its sea ice has been growing so fast there is more of it than at any time since records began and it has been confirmed scientifically that the thickness of its land ice has been increasing by trillions of tons?
- Logbooks kept by Ernest Shackleton, Robert Scott show Antarctic sea is levels barely changed in over 100 years: National Post
- How Captain Robert Scott’s log book from his expedition of Antarctica more than 100 years ago raises troubling new doubts about global warming: Daily Mail