The Sun appears to have some kind of competition called The Great British Sound Off which aims to find a great Sun columnist. One of the finalists is a 19 year old called George Harrison who’s piece is called give climate hotheads the (ice) cold shoulder which seems to indicate that what the Sun is looking for is someone with the strength of their convictions, but little else. You’d like to think that the authors of such pieces would at least do a little bit of background research. It wouldn’t even take very long, which I will illustrate by writing this post in a matter of minutes.
George’s article kicks off with the witty (not really) comment
THE US climate change fanatic Al Bore once famously predicted sea ice would be all but gone by now.
A very quick google search would reveal that what Al Gore actually said was
One study estimated that it could be completely gone during summer in less than 22 years. Another new study, to be presented by U.S. Navy researchers later this week, warns it could happen in as little as 7 years.
Thats not a prediction that it would be all gone by now. It’s pointing out that some researchers have warned that summer Arctic sea ice could be gone by now, but not a prediction that it actually would be.
Next we have
But news just received from the European Space Agency has revealed an inconvenient truth for the climate alarmists.
The volume of polar sea ice actually increased by a third in 2013.
This is actually only about Arctic sea ice, and is from this paper, the abstract of which actually says
The figure on the right should also put it into context. The sea ice volumes in September 2010, 2011, and 2012 were particularly low; well below the long-term trend. The increases in 2013 and 2014 might seem substantial relative to these low values, but the values are still within one standard deviation of the long-term trend. This is not indicative of some kind of recovery and is not some kind of inconvenent truth. Such variability is to be expected.
Despite a well-documented decline in summer Arctic sea ice extent by about 40% since the late 1970s….
Between autumn 2010 and 2012, there was a 14% reduction in Arctic sea ice volume, in keeping with the long-term decline in extent. However, we observe 33% and 25% more ice in autumn 2013 and 2014, respectively, relative to the 2010–2012 seasonal mean, which offset earlier losses.
We then get
And now the scientific community is bickering while our supposedly endangered planet is still doing just fine — surprise, surprise.
Hmmm, the scientific community isn’t really bickering and what’s being suggested is that continuing to increase our emissions may lead to some very severe consequences in the future.
Why do we place so much trust in the climate scientists and their Doomsday predictions? TV’s Mythbusters would do a better job of getting the global warming facts straight.
Maybe George should avoid getting his information from climate denial sites, and should realise that Mythbusters is a TV show.
Anyway, that’s been about 15 minutes and is pretty much all I can be bothered doing. It wasn’t hard, but maybe simply making stuff up is easier than actually doing some background research or talking to people. I’d recommend the latter if George is interested in presenting a reasonable representation of our actual scientific position. On the other hand, if he’s only interested in writing for the Sun, maybe he can simply carry on as he is.