Tag Archives: antarctica

Arctic Sea Ice Appears to Have Reached Maximum And Other Ice Observations

Image Credit: National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC) By WUWT Regular “Just The Facts” Per the image above, Arctic Sea Ice Extent made a late season run, but it appears to have reached its maximum for the year. “NSIDC … Continue reading

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Now that the ‘Ship of Fools’ is safe in Antarctica, tough questions need to be asked

UPDATE: Perhaps the headline was premature, the latest SITREP from the rescue ship Aurora Australis indicates they are having some trouble getting into open water. UPDATE2: It seems the cause of getting stuck was nothing more than dawdling while sightseeing. … Continue reading

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Newsbytes: Ship Of Fools Rescued At Last

 An Icy Blast Of Scepticism Greets Climate Expedition Rescuers in Antarctica have safely transferred all 52 passengers stranded on the ice-bound research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy. The Shokalskiy has been trapped since Christmas Eve. Its 22 crew are expected to remain … Continue reading

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AMSA: Helicopter rescue of Akademik Shokalskiy completed

UPDATE: So much for that… Sea ice conditions are now likely to delay today’s planned rescue of passengers from the MV Akademik Shokalskiy. bit.ly/1aplnNZ— AMSA News (@AMSA_News) January 02, 2014 And now it is apparently on again AMSA is awaiting … Continue reading

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WUWT and WeatherBell help KUSI-TV with a weather forecasting request from ice-trapped ship in Antarctica Akademik Shokalskiy

Today, while shopping at lunchtime for some last minute year end supplies, I got one of the strangest cell-phone calls ever. It was from my friend John Coleman, the founder of the Weather Channel and Chief meteorologist at KUSI-TV in … Continue reading

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Josh channels the Antarctic boat people

Josh writes: The Akademik Shokalskiy is much in the news, see here, here and this WUWT post with an update here. So what better way to summarise the CAGW movement this year. And last year, and the year before that… 

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The Antarctic ‘research’ fiasco – ‘would you, could you, in a boat’?

This will be a top “sticky” post for awhile since interest is high – new stories will appear below this one – Anthony UPDATE: Josh channels the boat people UPDATE2: Another irony is discovered, this one doubly deep.  See update 2 … Continue reading

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So much sea ice in Antarctica that a research vessel gets stuck, in summer!

For the latest, see this new story. and this opinion piece on why this is a fiasco UPDATE: Turns out this “research” vessel was mostly a taxpayer funded junket for getting video stories to BBC in the UK and ABC … Continue reading

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New ice core record shows climate variability in West Antarctica

Similar warming and cooling trends occurred in the mid-nineteenth and eighteenth centuries From AGU highlights: A 308-year ice core record provides new data on climate variability in coastal West Antarctica and shows that a clear warming trend has occurred in … Continue reading

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A new look at Greenland’s ice sheet and the bedrock below

From NASA: Airborne Radar Looking Through Thick Ice During NASA Polar Campaigns The bedrock hidden beneath the thick ice sheets covering Greenland and Antarctica has intrigued researchers for years. Scientists are interested in how the shape of this hidden terrain … Continue reading

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On data losses -vs- geography in Cowtan and Way 2013: data dropout may account for most of the recent observed differences

At Climate Audit, Roman M. has a very interesting analysis that shows the surface grid cell losses from HadCRUT4 in C&W. It hones in on the issue of why the temperature differences from 2005 are much more significant than the … Continue reading

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Volcano discovered smoldering under a kilometer of ice in West Antarctica

From the Washington University in St. Louis Its heat may increase the rate of ice loss from one of the continent’s major ice streams It wasn’t what they were looking for but that only made the discovery all the more … Continue reading

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The oldest ice core – Finding a 1.5 million-year record of Earth’s climate

How far into the past can ice-core records go? Scientists have now identified regions in Antarctica they say could store information about Earth’s climate and greenhouse gases extending as far back as 1.5 million years, almost twice as old as … Continue reading

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A new record: the most sea ice in Antarctica in 30 years by extent and by volume

Translated by Google from this press release in German at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany: Never so much sea ice at Antarctica in the last 30 years In light of global warming, it seems paradoxical that the sea ice … Continue reading

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NASA Announces New Record Growth Of Antarctic Sea Ice Extent

Researchers have measured a new record for sea-ice extent in the Antarctic. Why the white splendour is extending there while it is rapidly disappearing in the Arctic is a mystery. Antarctica: The extent of sea ice (white) reached a record … Continue reading

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Claim: atmosphere heats the oceans, melts Antarctic ice shelf

From Penn State Underlying ocean melts ice shelf, speeds up glacier movement Warm ocean water, not warm air, is melting the Pine Island Glacier’s floating ice shelf in Antarctica and may be the culprit for increased melting of other ice … Continue reading

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The WUWT Hot Sheet for September 12th, 2013

Climate models wildly overestimated global warming, study finds Can you rely on the weather forecast? Maybe not, at least when it comes to global warming predictions over short time periods. That’s the upshot of a new study in the journal Nature Climate … Continue reading

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More settled science: The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is 20 million years older than thought

From the University of California – Santa Barbara West Antarctica ice sheet existed 20 million years earlier than previously thought (Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The results of research conducted by professors at UC Santa Barbara and colleagues mark the beginning … Continue reading

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New study: Antarctic and Greenland ice sheet melt may be natural event, no consensus on cause

Ice sheets are the largest potential source of future sea level rise – and they also possess the largest uncertainty over their future behaviour From the University of Bristol Continuous satellite monitoring of ice sheets needed to better predict sea-level … Continue reading

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Glacier in Antarctica does what glaciers do

From NASA, who has moved up from “Manhattans” to quarter states as a scale comparison unit: Antarctic Glacier Calves Iceberg One-Fourth Size of Rhode Island This week a European Earth-observing satellite confirmed that a large iceberg broke off of Pine … Continue reading

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New ideas on Antarctic ice sheet formation

From the University of Texas at Austin Scientists cast doubt on theory of what triggered Antarctic glaciation A team of U.S. and U.K. scientists has found geologic evidence that casts doubt on one of the conventional explanations for how Antarctica’s … Continue reading

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‘Game changer’ – Antarctic melt due to warm water, not air temperature

From the University of California – Irvine  something that pretty well makes Steig et al 2009 even more irrelevant, since in that paper they did a survey of air temperatures and then smeared them around the continent using some Mannian … Continue reading

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup

The Week That Was: 2013-06-08 (June 8, 2013)  Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project ################################################### Quote of the Week: There is no harm in doubt and skepticism, for it is through these that new … Continue reading

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Study: warming of Antarctic peninsula due to ocean and atmospheric circulation patterns

From the University of Washington, something we covered earlier in WUWT from the BAS, but UW is now just getting around to press releases. The Antarctic peninsula is essentially a different Koppen climate class than the main continent, and is … Continue reading

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The beginning of the end: warmists in retreat on sea level rise, climate sensitivity

The forecast: It seems there’s less chance of gloom and doom these days. For sea level rise, now a maximum of about two feet by 2100. As for climate sensitivity, now for the first time ever, we are seeing mentions … Continue reading

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Recent climate, glacier changes in Antarctica at the ‘upper bound’ of normal

From the University of Washington some walkback? In the last few decades, glaciers at the edge of the icy continent of Antarctica have been thinning, and research has shown the rate of thinning has accelerated and contributed significantly to sea … Continue reading

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Evidence for a Global Medieval Warm Period

From CO2Science: Medieval Warm Period (Antarctica) — Summary Was there a Medieval Warm Period somewhere in the world in addition to the area surrounding the North Atlantic Ocean, where its occurrence is uncontested? This question is of utmost importance to … Continue reading

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Uncertainty be damned, let’s make ice and sea level projections anyway

‘A better path’ toward projecting, planning for rising seas on a warmer Earth From Princeton University, by Morgan Kelly, Office of Communications More useful projections of sea level are possible despite substantial uncertainty about the future behavior of massive ice … Continue reading

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Categorical Thinking and The Climate Debate

Guest post by Craig Loehle, Ph.D. We often hear this disconnect in the climate debate: sceptic Joe says “human impacts are small and likely not harmful”; alarmist Arthur says “humans are affecting the climate, therefore we must act now”. It … Continue reading

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The Coldest Journey Gets Colder

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I was saddened to get the news that Sir Ranulf Fiennes, OBE, has gotten frostbitten. As a result, he has been forced to give up his dream of a winter crossing of Antarctica, an expedition … Continue reading

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Impractical Proposal: Dry Ice Sequestration on Antarctic Ice Sheets

An updated proposal to store CO2 on Antarctica Story submitted by John Tillman Story body: In 1995 two Japanese scientists suggested storing carbon dioxide in Antarctic ice caves.  Now three scientists at Purdue have published a more elaborate and detailed … Continue reading

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Ozone hole in Antarctica shrinks significantly, but not a record low as erroneously reported elsewhere

While this is good news any way you look at it,  I note there are a number of news reports saying that the “Ozone Hole Shrinks to Record Low” which are non thinking media regurgitations from a LiveScience article by … Continue reading

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First complete ice core record of last interglacial period shows the climate of Greenland to be significantly warmer than today

Study: ‘ Greenland ice sheet is not as sensitive to temperature increases and to ice melting and running out to sea in warm climate periods ‘. From the University of Copenhagen Greenland ice cores reveal warm climate of the past … Continue reading

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Antarctic warming courtesy of Mr. Fix-it

Just a little something he threw together Guest Post by David Middleton First the breath-taking headlines… Scientists Report Faster Warming in Antarctica, New York Times (WUWT commentary) West Antarctic Ice Sheet warming twice earlier estimate, BBC West Antarctica warming much … Continue reading

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Glacially modeled snow job

From the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)  Alarmism, I think maybe they are a bit unclear on the concept of how glaciers work. As snowfall varies with the seasons, the flow of ice speeds up and slows down. … Continue reading

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