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Wait, wait you may say. The Antarctic sea ice is growing! So, it all balances out. Well, no. While it is true that ice in the Antarctic is growing during NH summer, the increase is much smaller. As a percentage of ocean cover, the decline going on in the Arctic is almost 25 times the increase going on in the Antarctic.
"Unfortunately for the 'warmers' nature doesn't use a computer." Yes, the summer arctic ice is crashing.The summer minimum of sea ice in the Arctic from 1979 to 1983 averaged out to 2.76 million square miles, or 51.1 percent of the surface of the Arctic Ocean. In the most recent five years, by contrast, the summer coverage fell to an average of 31.6 percent of the ocean surface. This year, when we hit a new record low for the satellite era, the ice fell to 24 percent of the ocean surface. Must be a computer error?
Sloppy because he clearly didn't bother to look at the Nature paper since he talks about the scientists "To those of us who lack both the federal training and the federal funding that these scientists" but "these scientists" Virginie Guemas, Francisco J. Doblas-Reyes, Isabel Andreu-Burill, and Muhammad Asif, are all at Spanish Research institutes--not federally funded.
Ransom's grasp of science remains tenuous, he is also pretty sloppy in his research. Tenuous because he states "To think! The largest energy absorption mechanism in the world is responsible for sucking up excess energy?" But the energy has not "gone away", the warming of the ocean is well-documented and it is part of the energy "budget". About 90% of overall global warming goes into heating the oceans, and the oceans have been warming dramatically. ...
Ransom has a naïve view of science. He seems to think that a single paper “replaces” another paper. In reality, science advances through the accumulation of evidence, papers build on other’s. That is the case here. The paper “Mitigation of short-lived climate pollutants slows sea-level rise” takes what is known about the warming effects of four short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) and uses them in models of sea level rise. They show that the rate of sea level increase can be slowed by reducing these pollutants....
Well, Ransom did it again. Deleted my answer to his question.That's twice today. Seems that he doesn't like those who respond to his name calling with facts. Hey, John, what are you afraid of? signed "the global warming Islamist" ;-)
"When a single volcanic eruption can emit more CO2 than all the man made activities ever since the discovery of fire...It kinda makes the whole argument silly" It also makes it false, since humans now emit far more CO2 that volcanoes.
Ransom’s analysis is limited to a lame joke about Al Gore. The papers on Arctic ice loss and changes to weather patterns are also poorly treated by Ransom. In his simple world, global warming means that every place warms at the same time and rate. Unfortunately, climate and weather have more complex interactions that Ransom can’t be bothered with. Finally, he make a strange segue into being gay. Clearly trying to get the page view trifecta by mentioning climate change, Al Gore, and Gays in the same piece. Pretty pathetic.
"Actually, the claim of trees moving hundreds of miles north HAS been made in one of the papers." My comment was that Ransom made much of the quote "most accurate map ever", mocking the certainity of it. In fact the author's never used such a description in their work. Perhaps a closer reading before you comment?
"It would be nice if the modelers would share their data with the skeptics, but they don't." have at it-- http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/data-sources/
Sorry, I don't see any contradictions. "We know that climate change is causing a shift if vegetation. You need only look at how growing charts have changed to see this. There are already changes in arctic vegetation, the paper shows comparative photos of this. The paper projects this forward and shows how vegetation increases lead to lower albedo, and even more warming." and "By incorporating observed relationships between plants and albedo, we show that vegetation distribution shifts will result in an overall positive feedback to climate that is likely to cause greater warming than has previously been predicted," The second statement comes from the paper's authors.
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