Climate Craziness of the Week – cool (E)motional Icebergs

A group called http://www.coolemotion.org/ got funding from WWF to build a giant sculpture on an iceberg. As of May 6th the iceberg was still trapped in pack ice;

http://coolemotion.blogspot.com/2010/05/iceberg-still-stuck.html

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But now they claim that the iceberg sunk/melted after just a few weeks:

http://coolemotion.blogspot.com/2010/06/no-iceberg-anymore-comments-of-ap-1.html

Iceberg disappeared, GPS signals from Satut. What happened?

“In the very early morning, 2nd of June, we could see at our GPS tracker that something was going on. Later we noticed that our signal moved constantly to the South East faster than the iceberg ever moved , and then suddenly moved to the North into the settlement of Satut.”

You have to read this below to really experience the cool-E-motion of it all:

The iceberg sunk………. Can you believe that an iceberg like this one disappears in only a matter of weeks? Last week I interviewed my very good friend Ole Jorgen Hammeken, standing in the sun, sweating because of the heat, while normally they can go for dogsledding untill [sic] June. It raises some questions… The whole day and night you can hear icebergs exploding, or collapsing because of this heat. What is going on? I am an artist who travelled [sic] many times through the Arctic and every year it becomes warmer and warmer. I am not a scientist, but only listen to the stories that people tell me. I am not interested in the question: Who’s guilty at this situation? Is there global warming? Not at all, I am asking the question: What if Climate Change enters my world: Can we anticipate on these fast changes? In Uummannaq the extremes started only a couple of years ago, and now it is warmer as ever before, with all consequences. I am personally convinced that we soon will experience what is happening over there, even if we only feel the tail. We need all energy and focuss [sic] on the future. My question is: How can we create a more flexible society? Climate Change is from all times, people always adapted to these changes, but are we now capable to cope with these extreme changes? We have to stop naming, blaming and shaming, and put this energy in another direction.

“What is going on?” he asks. Gosh, exploding icebergs! Gaia must be really angry right now. Since we are talking about “art” here, let’s venture back to artists of the past that traversed the Arctic, like this one.

From the website: In Search of Icebergs: Tracing the 1859 expedition of the painter Frederic Edwin Church  to Newfoundland and Labrador

http://www.vanishing-ice.org/

An excerpt from the link above, reading from the book:

Reading from the book: After Icebergs with a Painter: A Summer Voyage to Labrador and Around Newfoundland, 1861, by Louis Legrand Noble

Warnings passed down through local lore flowed with stories of exploding and capsizing icebergs. The author registers a sigh of relief each time the captain signals the return to a sheltered cove. On one occasion, the two companions enjoyed the sounds and sights of a collapsing berg from a safe distance. The painter, known throughout the book merely as C—, contributed a sketch of this astonishing event to Noble’s book.

Huh, exploding and capsizing icebergs in 1859. Whooda thunk?

Some in the press are eating this “iceberg sculpture cum Titanic disaster” up:

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2010/06/08/iceberg-sculptures-sink.html?ref=rss

What’s really funny is the pic of the sculpture, iceberg and boaters for reference in this article: http://www.adn.com/2010/06/08/1313027/global-warming-sinks-dutch-artists.html

The iceberg looks to extend about 3.5 meters above the waterline. According to DMI, Arctic temps have been trending below average and are still mighty cold;

Thus it seems likely the sculpture probably slid off the iceberg when it tipped/flipped something like this:

or this

or this

Mega hat tip to WUWT reader “Just the Facts”, who gathered most of the content and links and placed them in comments.

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hunter

A brain hooked on CAGW stories and hype is a terrible waste.

The researchers were evacuated from the station one month ahead of schedule
by a nuclear icebreaker because of a powerful ice stream(!!?)
moving toward the station.
http://english.ruvr.ru/2010/06/10/9558839.html
Perhaps a passing Russian nuclear icebreaker
nicked the sculpture.

Five metres of ice instantaneously melted. The temperature in the Arctic must be several hundred degrees.

Eddie

I find it hard to believe that the iceberg melted in a matter of less than a week. May 28th it’s still huge, June 3rd it’s melted and gone?…

Jimmy Haigh

Holy flipping icebergs!!!!
Why does part of the sculpture look like a spermatozoa? Can any artists enlighten this philistine earth scientist?

Tim Clark

Great, we had tipping islands, now we have tipping icebergs. Anthony, is this a subliminal attempt to get us to hit the tip jar?

NoAstronomer

I love this site. So much to learn here everyday. Today I found out that icebergs sink. Brilliant.
/sarc
Mike.

James Sexton

What’s really fascinating it that the WWF had so much extra money to hire someone to create……….art? What the heck is that? We should sue the WWF just for the bad taste, not to mention the junk they left littered on the ocean floor.
How does one put the words “iceberg” and “sank” together? I like that angle. We can invent a whole new area of science to study how ice sinks in water!
He asks “What if Climate Change enters my world:(?) ” I wonder what world he’s been living in and what color the sky is in his world?

Charlie A

It sure sounds to me like some local fisherman saw some metal that might be of use.
Apparently the GPS tracker device was broadcasting its position as being inside a house in the settlement of Satut.
The website says that the GPS apparently was taken off just before the iceberg “sank”, but to me it seems more likely that once the GPS tracker was taken off, that it became nearly impossible to relocate the same small iceberg.
Sounds pretty fishy.

John W.

I’m going out on a limb here …
My guess is that some starving-due-to-global-warming polar bear ate it.
8^)

David L.

No way that iceberg melted in weeks. After this “global warming” winter, we had so much snow that at work they piled it up in half the parking lot and we all parked in the other half. The mound was about 100 feet in diameter at the base and about 20 feet tall (much smaller than this iceberg). At the end of the winter, we had a few weeks of warm weather (60-70F) and lots of sun. This thing is sitting on black asphalt and after a few weeks, they finally brought in front-end loaders and hauled the pile away because it just wasn’t melting fast enough. So there is no way that iceberg is melting in 33F arctic water even in full sunlight and 70F air temps inside a few months!

George DeBusk

“Later we noticed that our signal moved constantly to the South East faster than the iceberg ever moved , and then suddenly moved to the North into the settlement of Satut.”
Maybe a passing fisherman liked the look of the GPS transponder and took it with him to the “settlement of Satut?” Maybe the berg yet lurks somewhere South of Satut?
Or perhaps the Heat Miser took a like to the berg and melted it just for fun.

Maybe we should examine how you scientifically determine the top and bottom of an iceberg. Can we get a government grant and make a scary movie with the money?
Or maybe — Did anybody see the GPS float by and stop to pick it up? You can get a lot of money for scrap these days.
Need bigger iceberg.

DirkH

If anybody else would have mounted some useless steel structures on an iceberg the WWF would have called it pollution.

Mike Odin says:
June 10, 2010 at 1:20 pm
Making the dot over i:
1. http://english.ruvr.ru/2010/06/05/9175021.html
2. http://en.rian.ru/infographics/20100524/159136732.html
Regards

John in NZ

The iceberg reached a tipping point and then it tipped.

Oslo

Reminds me of the photos in the report: “Melting snow and ice”, presented by the Norwegian Foreign Minister Støre and Al Gore at Copenhagen, where there were photos of icebergs with clearly photoshopped penguins on them, at strange angles.

Les Johnson

stevengoddard: your
Five metres of ice instantaneously melted. The temperature in the Arctic must be several hundred degrees.
More than 5 meters of ice there. Assuming the guys are about 1.8 meters tall, the ice above water is over 5 meters alone. That means there is about 45 meters of ice underwater.
50 meters of ice melted in 1 week? My BS detector is going off.
Especially as their website states:

Thursday, 3 June 2010
Iceberg disappeared, GPS signals from Satut. What happened?
In the very early morning, 2nd of June, we could see at our GPS tracker that something was going on. Later we noticed that our signal moved constantly to the South East faster than the iceberg ever moved , and then suddenly moved to the North into the settlement of Satut. At the very moment that something happened with the iceberg, the GPS system was taken into a fisherboat that continued fishing untill he finally went home. ( Ap’s version )
We contacted our friends in Uummannaq, who took a boat to have a look, but they couldn’t find our iceberg anymore. What happened we never will know. Too many options are open.

In other words, a fisherman “liberated” the GPS device, and they have lost the iceberg.
Much better story to say that it “sunk”.
Idiots.

Gary Hladik

Hey, don’t laugh! That could be Guam some day!

hunter

Iceberg sinking = new laws of physics.

George E. Smith

Well when I see four idiots standing up in a rubber boat; or even one idiot for that matter; I can’t help thinking about their rubber boat tipping over in a teachable moment.
Well unfortunately; in this case they all survived; and will likely reach breeding age; so we can continue to have new generations of idiots in the future.
These folks probably have ancestors related to those of the Catlin expedition.

Oslo says:
June 10, 2010 at 2:33 pm
photos of icebergs with clearly photoshopped penguins on them, at strange angles.

Maybe the penguins were drunk on the appearance fee money?

Robert

Does remind me of a Salmon that was equipped with a tracking device by scientists years ago in order to do research on migration patterns. It remained very static at one place for longer period of time, at closer inspection that location appeared to be a freezer of a fisherman 🙂
“In the very early morning, 2nd of June, we could see at our GPS tracker that something was going on. Later we noticed that our signal moved constantly to the South East faster than the iceberg ever moved , and then suddenly moved to the North into the settlement of Satut.”
Never go for the easy explanation, its all global warming, what else could it be. I bet that someone in Satut is making better use of this sculpture than the artist ever could have thought off.

Ray

It is well know that when there is a global warming ice sinks. This was the sort of science back in the 60’s. Remember the story of “Voyage at the bottom of the sea”? It was another kind of global warming though!!!
Anyway, in the movie, the Seaview was casually going along under the Arctic cap when suddenly big icebergs started to sink and crash against its hull…. they soon found out that the sky was on fire and the ice melting was sinking…
You should read the plot. It is amazing how it sounds like today’s rhetoric.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyage_to_the_Bottom_of_the_Sea
Look at 44 seconds…

Al Gore's Holy Hologram

“I am not a scientist, but only listen to the stories that people tell me. ”
Uh-huh

Douglas DC

It’s not so much they tried this stunt but the credit they give to our collective intelligence….

Mike McMillan

I’d bet a nickel that some environmentally conscious locals spotted it and recycled it for 72 cents a pound.

Roger Knights

Always something new out of Arctica.

Ray

Aliens were tired of dissecting cows. Now they are after icebergs with abstract metal sculptures and GPS on top. They melt the icebergs in order to hide any trace of their obscure activities. Because they know humans will blame it on Global Warming. Mmmuuuuhaaahahaha.

Al Gored

Les Johnson says:
June 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm
“In other words, a fisherman “liberated” the GPS device, and they have lost the iceberg. ”
This seems to make perfect sense.

pat

‘The iceberg sunk……….The whole day and night you can hear icebergs exploding, or collapsing because of this heat.”
Apparently I don’t get out enough. First we have ice sinking in salt water, no less. Then we have these explosions and implosions.The former no doubt caused by the frequent plasma bursts the planet is undergoing. The latter likely because the micro-black holes that famously infest icebergs.

TomRude

And unsuspecting panda loving WWF donors funded this…

RockyRoad

The reason AGW continues to spin out of control is that the world is full of unthinking, apparently uneducated sheeple that can’t see through a relatively simple case of scrap metal theft.

jorgekafkazar

Ray says: “Remember the story of “Voyage at the bottom of the sea”? It was another kind of global warming though….You should read the plot. It is amazing how it sounds like today’s rhetoric. Look at 44 seconds…”
I much preferred 2:22.

pat

O/T followup on Stanford/Krosnick poll:
10 June: SF Chronicle: David Perlman: Stanford survey finds more doubt global warming
He (Krosnick) will be organizing two more polls on climate issues this year, he said, armed with a $200,000 grant to Stanford from the National Science Foundation.
The survey conflicts with several recent opinion polls on global warming…
The decline in the number of people who think global warming is real, he said, is probably caused by the fact that 2008 was the coldest year since 2000. So Americans already doubtful about the reality of climate change would have had their skepticism strengthened by what was merely a scientifically insignificant one-year drop in a 100-year warming trend, he said.
Krosnick will hold a briefing in the nation’s capital on his survey’s findings today, the same day the Senate has scheduled seven hours of debate and a vote on a resolution by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.
****The briefing in which Krosnick is presenting the poll results is being sponsored by the Environment and Energy Study Institute, an advocacy group.
This story has changed since it appeared in print.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/06/09/BAJG1DSL4V.DTL
10 June: New Scientist: Peter Aldhous: US pollsters argue over public view on climate change
Jon Krosnick, who has previously worked with New Scientist to probe public attitudes to climate change, has run polls on global warming each year since 2006….
Of the 32 per cent of the respondents who had heard about the leak of emails last November from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK, just 29 per cent – 9 per cent of the entire sample – thought the unguarded comments that were exposed indicated that climate scientists should not be trusted…
Frank Newport editor-in-chief of the Gallup Poll, argues that waning belief in global warming and fading concern about its effects are consistent findings. “Across a large number of polls there has been a significant decline,” he says…
Krosnick also critiqued a survey on global warming done last October by the Pew Research Center in Washington DC, and Andrew Kohut, Pew’s president, has already responded in an angry letter to The New York Times: “[Krosnick’s] commentary and analysis are superficial and reflect a strong point of view on an issue on which he purports to be doing unbiased polling.”
First the scientists and sceptics, and now the pollsters: mention global warming and it seems that a fight soon breaks out.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19028-us-pollsters-argue-over-public-view-on-climate-change.html
10 June: USA Today 3.26pm: Polls show Americans concerned about global warming
The Yale survey (conducted along with George Mason University) reports that, since January, the percentage of Americans who believe global warming is happening rose four points, to 61%, and those who worry about it rose three points, to 53%. It also found that 77% support regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant…
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/greenhouse/post/2010/06/polls-show-americans-still-concerned-about-global-warming/1
10 June: USA Today 1.26pm: Polls: Americans still worried about global warming
Since January, the Yale/GMU survey reported that public belief that global warming is happening rose four points, to 61%, while belief that it is caused mostly by human activities rose three points, to 50%.
The number of Americans who worry about global warming rose three points, to 53 percent. And the number of Americans who said that the issue is personally important to them rose five points, to 63%…
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/sciencefair/post/2010/06/global-warming-survey/1

Alex the skeptic

So the greenies saw a sinking iceberg? So what? I saw a flying pig.

Keith Minto

FYI travelled [sic] is fully sick in my part of the world :).

Robert Morris

Excellent recycling skills by a passing Eskimo. /end story

Feet2theFire

“In the very early morning, 2nd of June, we could see at our GPS tracker that something was going on. Later we noticed that our signal moved constantly to the South East faster than the iceberg ever moved , and then suddenly moved to the North into the settlement of Satut.”

I love it – so many places you can go with this…
I will settle on:
The berg heard of a boarding house room coming available in Satut. Rooms are at a premium this time of year. It was told it had to sign the lease by noon, so it stopped what it was doing and found a cab heading that way. It arrived with only minutes to spare.
As I write this, it is really wetting the bed… Landladies in the Arctic really hate to have to rent to melting bergs, but there is a village ordinance that says they have to. The good news is the neighborhood gets lots of ice for their frozen daiquiris and lots of good drinking water if they play their cards right.

Gary from Chicagoland

Three thoughts:)
1) Of course, to explain why the iceberg “disappears” use the Phil Jones logic: “we really do not know the cause of the warming so therefore it must be CO2”. How much warming are we talking about to melt this 50 meters wide x 100 meters long x 33 meters tall rectangle iceberg? The heat alone without any temperature increase to just change the phase of H2O from ice to water at 0˚C is about 77 billion heat calories. (using the constants of ice: density = 916.7 kg/meter cubed, and specific heat constant of 510 cal/kg).
2) Perhaps it was the overpopulation of polar bears that got a bit frisky during their Spring mating season as their numbers have increased from 1950’s (7,500) to today (21,000).
3) One small iceberg “disappears” is big news in the Arctic, but over 1 million km2 net gain in Antarctica ice is “no news”. WUWT?

Tiff

It takes longer than a week for a pile of snow to melt in my front yard at the beginning of spring. I’m certain the Arctic is colder than that. Some people just have no common sense.

Burger King explains.

Alan S. Blue

Having lived in New York, where the constant plowing leaves massive piles of ice in the corners of every mall parking lot, I have to say “I doubt it.”
They aren’t even solid ice like you’d have in an iceberg, and yet those piles last through weeks without the nightly low ever dropping below zero Celsius – and pretty substantial daytime temps.

dr.bill

Another little something from the silly side:
Get snipped. Save the planet.
/dr.bill

Gail Combs

Alex the skeptic says:
June 10, 2010 at 4:10 pm
So the greenies saw a sinking iceberg? So what? I saw a flying pig.
_____________________________________________________________
Yup, and I saw one too, actually several. I caught them with a butterfly net…. I thought my vet was going to bust a gut laughing. We were vaccinating pot belly pigglets and they can surely FLY.
Sinan Unur dissected Dr. Krosnick’s survey. The interesting thing was the demographic information: 40% of the respondents are Democrats and 29% of the respondents are Republicans and 24% don’t know what they are (independent was an option). It looks like if you add the “i haven’t a clue” bunch with the Democrats as those who do not watch Fox news or listen to Rush Limbaugh, then 1/3 of the Republicans do pay attention to Fox and Rush and therefore heard about Climategate.

wayne

FOR SALE: Tubular piece of art that resembles a broken children slide but is meant to portray the recent decades in the global temperature curve. Minor damage from depth-charges unavoidable but not very noticable. :),

“I’m going out on a limb here …
My guess is that some starving-due-to-global-warming polar bear ate it.”
First it fell in the water from the catastrophic melting.
Then a fish ate it.
Then a seal ate the fish.
Then a polar bear ate the seal.
Then a local ate the polar bear ….

Ok, so when I put this together for tips and notes, I probably didn’t dig as deep into CoolEmotion as I should of, because I didn’t catch, “Later we noticed that our signal moved constantly to the South East faster than the iceberg ever moved , and then suddenly moved to the North into the settlement of Satut. At the very moment that something happened with the iceberg, the GPS system was taken into a fisherboat that continued fishing until he finally went home.”
This is even dumber… If you go to this page:
http://www.coolemotion.org/art-on-the-map-temp.html
and keep hitting the +/zoom button on the right, you can see the neighborhood where the tracker thinks the GPS device is. So either CoolEmotion didn’t effectively secure their sculpture to the iceberg, or their GPS to the sculpture.
It is kinda confounding being up against such inept opponents, as they seem to be doing a better job discrediting themselves than we could hope to. Part of me wants to donate some money to World Wildlife Fun so they can fund some more counterproductive Warmist adventures, but then WWF might go produce another offensive 9/11 commercial like this:
http://www.break.com/usercontent/2009/9/crazy-9-11-wwf-ddb-commercial-1180487.html
The Warmist’s stratagems are becoming increasingly desperate and transparent, their rhetoric is shrill and empty, and their PR efforts are amusingly awful. I think we might have reached a tipping point where the Warmist’s desperation and incompetence will be sufficient to precipitate the complete collapse of the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming Narrative…

Douglas DC

I have lived on the Oregon Coast and having Crabbers and Fishermen In-laws
and Friends, I’d say someone needed some metal for a bit of rigging repair. The fact that
it was on the Berg, made no difference, maybe saved a trip into town.
Didn’t have to pay for it either….

Ray

I heard a bunch of polar bears were having a beer party and they all decided to write their names in yellow on that particular iceberg… this is how it melted so fast.