Date: Wed Aug 23 2000 - 09:46:29 PDT
Stuck in the Ice Age
Another faulty report by the global-warming alarmists.
By Ronald Bailey, science correspondent, Reason magazine
This past Saturday, readers of the New York Times woke up to
an alarming and overwrought front-page story complete with
photos about the hole in the ice over the North Pole. Apparently
holiday cruisers in the Arctic were dismayed to discover that they
could not have their pictures snapped while standing on ice floes at
the pole. The Times opined that "the last time scientists can be
certain the pole was awash in water was more than 50 million years
Harvard climatologist and head of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change Working Group 2 (and rabid
global-warming proponent), James McCarthy told the Times that
"there was a sense of alarm" on the part of the holidaymakers who
concluded that "global warming is real."
"Maybe McCarthy ought to have consulted the U.N.'s own arctic
temperature record," says University of Virginia climatologist
Patrick Michaels. "That record clearly shows no net warming in
summer time arctic temperatures for the past 70 years."
In fact, arctic temperatures were as warm in the 1930s and 1940s
as they are today, and probably the reason no one saw open water
in the far north back then is that vacationers didn't tend to cruise to
the pole during the Depression and World War II. Even National
Public Radio, not known for its global-warming skepticism, pointed
out that as arctic ice shifts under the influence of wind and tide, it
cracks ? revealing open water anywhere from time to time.
But then that wouldn't have been a front page story in the midst of
a presidential campaign ? a campaing in which one contender is
the world's leading political proponent of imminent global-warming
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