Saturday, September 15, 2007

Antartic Ice coverage increases to record level.

A New Record for Antarctic Total Ice Extent?

While the news focus has been on the lowest ice extent since satellite monitoring began in 1979 for the Arctic, the Southern Hemisphere (Antarctica) has quietly set a new record for most ice extent since 1979.

The Southern Hemispheric areal coverage is the highest in the satellite record, just beating out 1995, 2001, 2005 and 2006. Since 1979, the trend has been up for the total Antarctic ice extent.
See this chart from the University of Illinois site The Cryosphere Today.
Comment from Powerline;
I compared Google News searches for "ice cap 'north pole'" and "ice cap 'south pole.'" The North Pole stories were all about the shrinking ice cap there as evidence of global warming. I couldn't find a single news story about the expanding ice cap at the South Pole. This strikes me as a pretty good illustration of how the conventional story line about Earth's climate drives news reporting.
I firmly believe we should work to reduce our impact on the environment . But we need accurate information and good science. Crisis mongering for political gain discredits genuine effort. The environmental movement has a long history of being captured by extemists who turn people off with shrill rants and myopic approaches to improvement. Ultimately these one issue fanatics hurt the very cause they claim to support.

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