Category Archives: Glaciers

Titanic Anniversary: Unusual Climate + Extreme Ice Conditions = Tragic Accident

Guest Post by Dr. Tim Ball April 14th is the anniversary of Titanic‘s collision with an iceberg in the North Atlantic. The event occurred at 41° 46′ N and 50° 14′ W, almost the most southerly location on record (Figure … Continue reading

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More Glacial Junk Science Journalism

[Note: this post (and a few others) was lost in WordPress, and I had no notification of its existence. While a bit dated, it is still valid - note to guest authors with WUWT WordPress privileges - when you submit … Continue reading

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“The end for small glaciers” or anthropogenic circular reasoning?

Guest Post by David Middleton Breathtaking news from Nature… Published online 9 January 2011 | Nature News The end for small glaciers IPCC estimates of sea level rise corroborated, but large ice sheets might endure. Richard A. Lovett New Zealand’s … Continue reading

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Dust deposition linked to glacier melt

From the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and the Department of “The Albedo made me do it” comes further proof of what we have been saying before on WUWT about albedo effects of soot and … Continue reading

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IPCC’s Pachauri’s “voodoo science” claim comes full circle

WUWT readers may recall that when the “Himalayan Glaciers will melt by 2035″ error was first revealed, IPCC chairman Rajenda Pachauri famously labeled claims of the mistake “voodoo science”and then had to retract that slur later. Now it appears there … Continue reading

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Greenland’s pronounced glacier retreat not irreversible

Via the AGU weekly highlights: In recent decades, the combined forces of climate warming and short-term variability have forced the massive glaciers that blanket Greenland into retreat, with some scientists worrying that deglaciation could become irreversible. The short history of … Continue reading

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The Message in the Dye 3 Data

Guest post by David Archibald The story so far: in this recent post – Ap Index Neutrons and Climate, we had looked at the Dye 3 oxygen isotope-derived temperature record to see how big climate swings have been over the … Continue reading

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James Balog’s inconvenient glacial canaries

Anytime I see the “canary in the coal mine” phrase being applied to some phenomenon related to climate, I know right away that the person using it hasn’t really put much thought into using the phrase, and that it is … Continue reading

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The Portland State University study of shrinking Mt. Adams glaciers—a good example of bad science.

By Don J. Easterbrook, Dept. of Geology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA The recent Portland State University study of glaciers on Mt. Adams by is a good example of bad science, i.e., how a dogmatic bias and selectively leaving out … Continue reading

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This is Glacial Tap

From McGill University , hmmm, where have we heard this water supply threat from receding mountain glaciers before? Children just aren’t going to know what glaciers are. Glacial tap is open but the water will run dry Retreating glaciers threaten … Continue reading

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RealClimate’s Steig: Pacific SST’s influencing Antarctic melt, no link to human causes demonstrated

WUWT readers may recall the Nature cover with this picture of Antarctica at left, followed by the subsequent falsification of the Antarctic warming claims made by Steig et al using the dicey Mannomatic math employed. We owe thanks to O’Donnell … Continue reading

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Arrrggh! Let’s help Time with Pachy’s “voodoo science”

UPDATE: WUWT Gets results – Time fixes the error! See below. Reader HowardW sends this tip. Almost two years after the discovery of this ridiculous error, once labeled “voodoo science” by IPCC Rajenda Pachauri when told of skeptics pointing out … Continue reading

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New study shows temperature in Greenland significantly warmer than present several times in the last 4000 years

Kobashi et al 2011 was just published in GRL, and it looks like it will be upsetting the paleoclimate apple cart. The conclusions of Kaufman et al 2009 look to be minimized in comparison to this much more complete study. … Continue reading

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Extreme melting in Greenland – no high temperatures required

From the City College of New York: Extreme Melting on Greenland Ice Sheet, Reports CCNY Team   Glacial Melt Cycle Could Become Self-Amplifying, Making it Difficult to Halt   The Greenland ice sheet can experience extreme melting even when temperatures don’t … Continue reading

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Another Climate FAIL: New Research Casts Doubt on Doomsday Himalayan Water Shortage Predictions

Barry Woods writes via email: Previously: (at Copenhagen) Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: “In 25 years the glaciers that provide water for 3/4 of a billion people will disapear entirely” Now: Himalayan Glaciers (and others) New Research Casts Doubt on … Continue reading

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Icy skepticism hits Slashdot

I noted yesterday this story in Slashdot: Canadian Ice Shelves Halve In Six Years The CBC reports on new research that shows thousand-year-old ice shelves (much different than sea ice) are breaking up and have been reduced by half in … Continue reading

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Complaints over false info in new Times World Atlas grow

Yesterday we pointed out how an island shown on a map 50 years ago was cited (because it appears today and was finally given a name) as “proof” of Greenland ice melt. Now some heavy hitters are weighing in saying … Continue reading

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NASA Research Leads to First Complete Map of Antarctic Ice Flow

First complete map of the speed and direction of ice flow in Antarctica, derived from radar interferometric data. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCI › Full image and caption › Related video PASADENA, Calif. – NASA-funded researchers have created the first complete map … Continue reading

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Climate predictions in 1974 – Famous glaciologists predicted the world going colder from 1974 until 2010

Story Submitted by Geir Hasnes While we were going through the heaps of papers after a deceased family member some days ago, I noticed a newspaper clipping from the Norwegian newspaper Bergens Tidende, August 31, 1974, where glaciologists stated that … Continue reading

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New science on Himalayan glaciers shows debris fields to be a regulating factor in melting

Himalayan glaciers not melting because of climate change, report finds Himalayan glaciers are actually advancing rather than retreating, claims the first major study since a controversial UN report said they would be melted within quarter of a century. From the … Continue reading

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OSU’s Dr. Lonnie Thompson pushes gloom and doom, still thinks the snows of Kilimanjaro are melting due to global warming

This is an OSU press release, timed to appear in Eurekalert for Cancun’s COP16 on December 8th, and reposted here verbatim, including the all caps headline. Even though the “melting on Kilimanjaro due to global warming” has been fully debunked … Continue reading

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Upcoming paper in Nature – Greenland ice sheet melt: “it’s weather, not climate”

From the University of British Columbia press office: Greenland ice sheet flow driven by short-term weather extremes, not gradual warming: UBC research Sudden changes in the volume of meltwater contribute more to the acceleration – and eventual loss – of … Continue reading

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Himilayan Melting Glacier Alarm Version 2.0

No mention of the IPCC’s flawed 2035 date, but still many of the same talking points are used. It pays to recycle I suppose. This statement: “But climate change is still happening and we do need to prepare for it. … Continue reading

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Water and ice, slip sliding away

From the University of Colorado at Boulder Water flowing through ice sheets accelerates warming, could speed up ice flow Caption: Standing melt water in Greenland crevasses can carry warmth to the ice sheet’s interior, accelerating the thermal response of the … Continue reading

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Greenland Ground Zero for Global Soot Warming

People send me stuff. In my email this past week I got a cover photo of the June 2010 issue of National Geographic along with this message from Al in Georgia: I was at the Doctor’s office and picked up … Continue reading

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The stupefying pace of glacier melt in the 1940s

Here’s a bit of research that you don’t normally see in the MSM stories about glacier melt. It is backed up by a second and very interesting article (below) from 1947 in Geographical Review which says “Most of the worlds … Continue reading

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Kilimanjaro’s snow – it’s about land use change, tree cutting

From the we told you so, twice, no make that three times, department, the poster child for climate change is cited in the New Scientist where they say a peer reviewed paper shows that it’s mostly about the trees and … Continue reading

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A MUST READ: European climate, Alpine glaciers and Arctic ice in relation to North Atlantic SST record

In my opinion, this essay is a must read because it clearly illustrates correlation between ocean cycles to; Arctic ice loss and gain, glacier advance and retreat, and land surface temperature rise and fall. As I said graphically in a … Continue reading

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Study: Glaciers help build mountains

Via press release from Eurekalert: Glaciers Help High-Latitude Mountains Grow Taller A UA-led team of geologists reports that glaciers can help actively growing mountains become taller – contrary to the conventional view that the only role for glaciers in mountain … Continue reading

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Pacing the Glacial

Guest post by Tom Fuller How glaciers have responded to the warming of the past 130 years is a complicated story, although many millions of words have been written to try and explain it. How glaciers have been used to … Continue reading

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ESA shows movement of Petermann berg

The “deniersberg” is on the move. Chances are though it will not leave Nares strait before the refreeze occurs. Like most everything to do with Arctic ice, winds are the biggest factor. Earth from Space: Giant iceberg enters Nares Strait … Continue reading

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Ice Capades – New Iceberg Not What It is “Cracked Up” To Be

By Steve Goddard Readers will surely recall when WUWT was the first climate news outlet to publish this story: Oh no! Greenland glacier calves island 4 times the size of Manhattan In it, an admonition: “Watch the media now as this … Continue reading

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Iceberg calving: the movie

ESA has a short movie of the calving – worth a look, Anthony From the European Space Agency: Greenland glacier gives birth to giant iceberg Envisat has been observing a rare event in the Arctic since early August – a … Continue reading

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Greenland’s Jakobshavn Glacier Retreat

By Steve Goddard, as a follow up to this story ‘ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jakobshavn_retreat-1851-2006.jpg The press has been getting worked up about a 7 km² chunk of ice which broke off the Jakobshavn (Greenland) glacier on July 6. Is this an unusual … Continue reading

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New research sheds light on Antarctica’s melting Pine Island Glacier

From Physorg.com New results from an investigation into Antarctica’s potential contribution to sea level rise are reported this week (Sunday 20 June) by scientists from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) and the National Oceanography Centre in … Continue reading

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