A report from the US National Snow & Ice Data Centre says that 2008 started with more Arctic sea ice than the start of 2007 but it is now down to the area covered this time last year. It says that the extra ice was thin so it melted quickly.
The BBC is trying to turn this into a doom and gloom story about climate change with a dodgy prediction that the Arctic will be ice free by 2013 – something that would cause a 7 metre rise in sea levels. Which is absolute bollocks, of course.
Scientists have already admitted that the next decade will see global cooling and that average temperatures for the last few years have decreased. We also know from historical records that the “record low” amount of Arctic sea ice the BBC refers to is still bigger than it was a thousand years ago when the Vikings settled Greenland.
So, the facts are:
- There was more Arctic sea ice at the start of the year than there was at the start of last year
- There is currently the same amount of Arctic sea ice than there was at the same time last year
- The average temperature of the planet is decreasing and is expected to continue decreasing for the next decade
- There is more Arctic sea ice than there was a thousand years ago
Only a committed climate change propagandist could come up with a doom-laden prediction out of something positive.