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Climate change doom data from the Southern Hemisphere

October 2, 2009

News Flash!!

Clear signs of climate doom in the Southern Hemisphere!!

Satellite data used to measure the seasonal growing and shrinking of sea ice area in the Southern Hemisphere make a stark realization clear: Five of the six most extreme yearly sea ice extents ever measured in the Southern Hemisphere have occurred in just the last 10 years.   As a planet and global community, we need to prepare for the worst.  The time to dither and argue is over – the time to act is now.

I call on the leading governments of the world, the United Nations, NGOs, environmental activists, and uber-informed stars of popular culture to meet in a central location (I suggest Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi) to deal with this crisis.  They must develop an innovative plan to shepherd the other 6 billion people of the Earth to more environmentally sensitive life styles – before it’s too late. 

People must be taught to temper their greedy desire for luxuries such as electricity, safe shelter, food and clean water, and long life expectancies.  People need to learn how to overcome the archaic ambition of working to make a better life for their children.  Better yet, they should just stop having children.

If you do not understand the treacherous environmental precipice upon which we are poised, let the unalloyed data speak for itself.  Brace yourself – five of the six years with the greatest Southern Hemisphere sea ice extent have occurred in just the last decade!  If this historically unprecedented* trend continues, we are doomed.  See the graph below.

Southern hemisphere maximum sea ice area

Southern hemisphere maximum sea ice area. The data is real, but Tom Moriarty takes complete blame for all satirical content.

As you can see, the yearly maximum sea ice area in the Southern Hemisphere has been significantly larger in the last decade.   If we don’t act soon, the planet will become a barren ball of ice and snow.
 
 
*Since satellite data started being collected in 1979
 
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11 comments

  1. This article is truely speculative and premature. We know it takes almost a generation for people to switch from warming fears to cooling fears. The PDO might only have just turned negative and the AMO is anyone’s guess. According to IPCC modeler Mojib Latif we could have a decade or two of cooling. I say we keep the warming panic going for another few years and switch to cooling then, maintaining our 30 year cycle.


  2. Very funny. Well done.


  3. Both NASA and NSIDC 30 year data show very little change in total global sea ice extent. NASA has a 1.6% reduction and NSIDC shows a slight increase.

    Just show me the melting.

    http://noconsensus.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/global-sea-ice-area-variation-nasateam-algorithm.jpg

    http://noconsensus.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/global-sea-ice-area-variation-bootstrap-algorithm1.jpg

    The Arctic ice can melt competely and sea levels won’t change, not the same with the Antarctic. It is conveniently overlooked by alarmists.


  4. [...] Re: Global Warming – 2 German cargo ships pass through 'Arctic Passage' News Flash!! Clear signs of climate doom in the Southern Hemisphere!! Satellite data used to measure the seasonal growing and shrinking of sea ice area in the Southern Hemisphere make a stark realization clear: Five of the six most extreme yearly sea ice extents ever measured in the Southern Hemisphere have occurred in just the last 10 years. As a planet and global community, we need to prepare for the worst. The time to dither and argue is over – the time to act is now. I call on the leading governments of the world, the United Nations, NGOs, environmental activists, and uber-informed stars of popular culture to meet in a central location (I suggest Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi) to deal with this crisis. They must develop an innovative plan to shepherd the other 6 billion people of the Earth to more environmentally sensitive life styles – before it’s too late. People must be taught to temper their greedy desire for luxuries such as electricity, safe shelter, food and clean water, and long life expectancies. People need to learn how to overcome the archaic ambition of working to make a better life for their children. Better yet, they should just stop having children. If you do not understand the treacherous environmental precipice upon which we are poised, let the unalloyed data speak for itself. Brace yourself – five of the six years with the greatest Southern Hemisphere sea ice extent have occurred in just the last decade! If this historically unprecedented* trend continues, we are doomed. See the graph below. Southern hemisphere maximum sea ice area. The data is real, but Tom Moriarty takes complete blame for all satirical content. As you can see, the yearly maximum sea ice area in the Southern Hemisphere has been significantly larger in the last decade. If we don’t act soon, the planet will become a barren ball of ice and snow. *Since satellite data started being collected in 1979 Climate change doom data from the Southern Hemisphere Climate Sanity [...]


  5. Obviously alarmistic, according to Al Gore and IPCC…


  6. Nice bit if misdirection there. Maximal ice-extent is meaningless. All it takes is below-freezing temperatures. If the area has warmed up 5° but is still below freezing, you’ll still get ice.

    But if the ice-extent in the summer is decreasing, you’ll get more heat absorption by the open water, and warmer water temperatures. In the north, that means the Greenland ice sheet (over land, not water) *will* melt faster, and that *will* mean higher water levels (not to mention the higher levels from warmer, expanding water).


    • Dan,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Every coin has two sides. In both the Arctic and the ocean surrounding the Antarctic the air temperature is below freezing the vast majority of the time. Under these circumstances water that is exposed to the air will lose energy to the air. Water that is covered by ice will retain its energy because the ice acts as an insulation. This constitutes a negative feedback.

      This post (to which you have commented) concerns the ice surrounding the Antarctic. The minimum and maximum sea ice area and extent in the Arctic have seen a more or less steady decline over the three decades of satellite imaging. But there was a very large decrease in 2007. This decrease in 2007 has been followed by large increases in sea ice minima in 2008 and 2009.

      I am willing to bet that the Arctic will see another increase next year. If the Arctic sees increases on the order fo those seen over the last two years for the next two to three years, then the losses will be erased.

      Best Regards,
      Tom Moriarty


    • Let me understand, this please:
      IF the Arctic ocean warms up, due to ice pack absence, then that exactly how will that cause dramatic melting of land based ice sheets?
      And does it make you sad or happy that the icepack in the Arctic has increased nicely, as predicted by those who believe in a cyclic Arctic ice pack?


  7. Global warming theory expects the Antarctic ice to get bigger. It is too cold to melt the ice, so all you get is warmer water that evaporates and falls as snow on the continent.


    • Dear MikeN,

      Thank you for your comment.

      I am afraid you do not understand the concept here. The plot above shows the SEA ICE, not the ice on the continent.

      Perhaps you are trying to make the convoluted argument that as the water gets warmer it causes more snow over the water which freezes on the surface making more ice on the warmer water? I don’t understand you.

      Maybe you can clarify your thoughts for me.

      Best Regards
      ClimateSanity


  8. Even a Florida Mom cannot help but notice that (1) we have not had the overhwelming hurricane swarms that eveeryone predicted four years ago, and (2) my air conditioning electric bills were much lower this summer than past years.

    Must be Al Gore’s hot air that makes my air conditioner use less electricity,

    Oh, didn’t Al Gore get a Nobel Prize just like Barack “Who is he” Obama?



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