Climate Scientists to Request Political Representation on the Arctic Council

Climate scientists are planning to request political representation in the form of an “Arctic Ambassador” so they can remind other members of the council that the melting Arctic is not just a free for all resource opportunity.

A Bold Request As Climate Change Ravages The Arctic

Marshall Shepherd
Dec 23, 2020,09:47am EST

According to the 2020 Arctic Report Card released by NOAA in December, things are pretty bad. The report, an annual compilation of peer-reviewed science (not Twitter or editorial opinions), is produced by over 120 scientists from 15 countries. Key highlights (or “lowlights”) included: 

  • The average annual land surface air temperature in the Arctic was the second-warmest since the beginning of the record-keeping era in began in 1900. 
  • 90% of the past 10 years had air temperatures at least 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit greater the 1981-2010 mean. 
  • Record low June snow extent across the Eurasian Arctic.
  • The second-lowest Arctic minimum sea ice extent in the satellite era.
  • Warnings about extreme wildfires in the Arctic. 

An open letter is being drafted by scientists calling for an Arctic Ambassador with a climate background to be appointed to the Arctic Council. Dr. Twila Moon is a climate expert in the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado. In an email submitted to a listserve called Cryolist, she said, “We believe this will raise the profile of Arctic research within the global climate change conversation, and generally increase U.S. engagement on international Arctic climate issues.” According to Moon, the United States has not had senior level representation on the Council since Admiral Robert J. Papp departed at the end of Obama Administration at the end of the Obama Administration.

Moon also said, “Appointing an Arctic Ambassador to the Arctic Council will counter a dangerous narrative that the Arctic is merely a region of future battles over resources in a world that has lost the battle against runaway global warming.” While she acknowledged critics might be concerned about a political appointment that could lead to a bad apple or have challenges of maintaining longevity along with rank, she doesn’t think that it is a showstopper. She also believes the May 2021 Arctic Council Ministerial is an early opportunity for the U.S. to signal both a renewed climate commitment, and reengagement with Arctic partners. According to a Tweet by Moon, 193 U.S.-based scientists have already signed the letter.

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The Arctic Council was set up so the representatives of large groups of people can settle their differences through dialog rather than military action.

There does not appear to be much genuine support for climate action on the Arctic Council. For example Russia’s President Vladimir Putin seems to think western fears of global warming are a joke, except maybe when it suits him to look like he cares. Many of Russia’s scientists think the world is not experiencing dangerous global warming. Having said that, Russia might vote to add a climate ambassador, for the entertainment value of watching climate woke members of the council squirm.

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December 24, 2020 10:41 pm

“Many of Russia’s scientists think the world is not experiencing dangerous global warming.” And the Russian climate model is running truest. A mere happenstance? ;

glen ferrier
Reply to  lee
December 24, 2020 11:05 pm

Russia does not want to revert back to communism but much of the rest of the industrial world is actively considering it. It is odd how many lawyers really think that they can rewrite the laws of physics and economics.

Merry Christmas

Leo Smith
Reply to  glen ferrier
December 25, 2020 4:46 am

Lysenkoism. The ‘science’ that supported communism.
Piltdown-man. The ‘science’ that supported the racial stereotypes.
Eugenics. The ‘science’ that supported Nazi policy.

Hari Seldon
Reply to  lee
December 24, 2020 11:23 pm

Dear Mr. Lee,

Maybe the Russian scientists has not yett forgotten the era of Stalinism: In this historical period the science was determined by politicians… And the Russian scientists know very well the outcome of this approach: Total bankruptcy of the politicized “science”.

John V. Wright
December 24, 2020 10:51 pm

So the average air temperature is up by 1.5ºF – my word, how ravaging is that. Ravage, ravage, ravage. The Arctic must be punch-drunk from all the ravaging going on there.

And now there are warnings of wildfires. Golly, that’s probably worse than, you know, actually HAVING wildfires. Goodness me, those poly bears up there are so ravaged that they have taken to increasing their numbers – obviously a natural defence mechanism against the constant ravaging that is going on.

What is required is for scientists to stop doing actual science and take up politicking. Who would have thought, eh? Scientists making political statements! Excuse me, I have to go and lie down – I’m feeling completely ravaged by these developments…

Ron Long
Reply to  John V. Wright
December 25, 2020 2:33 am

John V. Wright, drink an adult beverage before you lay down, it will help the healing/reality confirmation process. Those poly bears know something we don’t.

Reply to  John V. Wright
December 25, 2020 9:10 am

Thank you for this amusing after xmas lunch read.

December 24, 2020 11:19 pm

As we have seen recently (and for many years actually) there is a WHOLE HEAP OF ACTUAL EVIDENCE that the current temperature in the Arctic is FAR LOWER than for most of the last 10,000 years

The RECOVERY in sea ice extent from the extreme highs of the LIA and late 1970s has leveled off at a level that is FAR HIGHER than for most of the Holocene.

There is NOTHING UNTOWARD happening in the Arctic except perhaps that there is STILL SO MUCH SEA ICE. !!

Both the slight rise in temperature and the slight drop in sea ice extent have been a massive BONUS to all life in the Arctic

Not only is the land surface GREENING, but the seas are also springing BACK to life after being TOO COLD and frozen over for much of the last 500 or so years (coldest period of the Holocene)

The drop in sea ice slightly toward the pre-LIA levels has opened up the food supply for the nearly extinct Bowhead Whale, and they are returning to the waters around Svalbard.–whale-food-returns/1401824

The Blue Mussel is also making a return, having been absent for a few thousand years, apart from a brief stint during the MWP.

Many other species of whale are also returning now that the sea ice extent has dropped from the extreme highs of the LIA. Whales cannot swim on ice. !

Great thing is, that because of fossil fuels and plastics, they will no longer be hunted for whale blubber for lamps and for whale bone.

John VC
Reply to  fred250
December 25, 2020 8:09 am

Unfortunately, the “woke” have no use for facts.

Richard Page
December 25, 2020 12:45 am

So, let me see if I’ve got this right – for the last 70 years or so, the USA has had little interest in the arctic, having only a small territorial presence. Obama shoehorned his way in claiming ‘climate interests’ and Trump (possibly) offered to buy Greenland which would have increased the USA stake. Meanwhile China has tried (unsuccessfully so far) to claim it has an interest in the Arctic despite having no territorial interests anywhere near. Now these Sinophile activists want to shoehorn their way into Arctic interests claiming the USA and ‘science’ need a greater presence in the region. They don’t want to represent the USA or scientific interests do they, or am I just being too cynical? I would support this only if their candidate changed their name to ‘comrade Lysenko.

Peta of Newark
December 25, 2020 1:06 am

Good, let them have it.
It is what councils are for isn’t it

Especially if the Russians are on there. Their science representative will get, as I wished for recently, Their Noses Rubbed In Their Own Mess

That they (maybe really) are tedious self-important loud-mouthed chronically depressed Magical Thinking guilt inducing little nobodies who have Their Own Science completely back-to-front (##)
And get a lesson or two in the folly of Socialism

If anyone can do that, it may just be The Ruskies
Giv’ ’em hell Vlad – go on, send ’em Siberia, metaphorically or actually
Rock-On Red team Blue team

## I may tell you what I really think one-of-these-times 😀

December 25, 2020 1:30 am


How apt.

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Steve Case
December 25, 2020 2:19 am

“…in a world that has lost the battle against runaway global warming.” 

Codswallop seems to be one of many euphemisms suitable to replace “bullshit” Looking it up yields this interesting article on its origin: World Wide Words  

Joel O’Bryan
December 25, 2020 2:40 am

NOAA’s NSIDC needs to be relocated to Fairbanks, Alaska from Boulder Colorado. That would solve a lot of the political activism problems from cult pseudoscientists like Moon.

December 25, 2020 2:44 am

The report, an annual compilation of peer-reviewed science (not Twitter or editorial opinions), is produced by over 120 scientists from 15 countries.

So with multiple authors on each paper that’s probably 25-30 papers. Obviously a cherry pick of all publications, tailored to fit the CAGW agenda.

So now they want the right to cherry-pick ONE suitably biased “scientist” with “climate experience” to tell everyone on the committee what “the science” is.

When there is already a broad review process done by IPCC, why would the Arctic Council want to have a CAGW embed to feed them fake, distorted science?

Michael Arko
December 25, 2020 3:40 am

Isn’t Twila Moon one of the My Little Ponies?

Reply to  Michael Arko
December 25, 2020 4:32 am

well sounds like shes a nag anyway

Steve Case
Reply to  Michael Arko
December 25, 2020 5:18 am

Well it looks like you just can’t paste an image in here – Sorry about that Mr. Monitor

Mickey Reno
December 25, 2020 4:58 am

Another little piglet is pushing it’s snout toward a teat.

Tom in Florida
December 25, 2020 5:59 am

“The Arctic Council was set up so the representatives of large groups of people can settle their differences through dialog rather than military action. ”

I think she may be on to something. After all, The U.N. , using the same approach, has stopped all military action since they were founded.

Fight Climate Fear. Warmer is Better.

Reply to  Tom in Florida
December 25, 2020 7:34 am

Korea military action was “stopped” by the UN?

Must be a new use for the word “stopped“.

David Hartley
Reply to  ATheoK
December 25, 2020 10:02 am

Is Rwanda where they stood back and watched the attempt at Ethnic Cleansing not considered a military action? Perhaps not in the strictest sense, doubt the semantics mattered to those being murdered.

Reply to  ATheoK
December 25, 2020 10:47 am

I believe you missed the dripping sarcasm.

David Hartley
Reply to  MarkW
December 25, 2020 2:04 pm

Don’t think so. Just added a dose of cynicism as a second course.

Reply to  MarkW
December 25, 2020 3:13 pm

Reads like a straight comment…
Where is the “sarcasm marker”?

Rick K
December 25, 2020 8:48 am

Can we send a Reality Ambassador?

David Hartley
December 25, 2020 9:19 am

So the average temperature has been raised by – that’s minus -16.9444 Celsius, that’s some fancy math is that.

December 25, 2020 9:41 am

Full- MoonBattery on display!

Gary Pearse
December 25, 2020 10:02 am

Note: Putin has built several of the world’s largest icebreakers while a dumbed down West doesn’t think we need them. Meanwhile, the Russian climate model is the only one in the reality sweepstakes. Who are you expecting to hold sway in this battle for a climate lockdown officer in the Arctic? You know Russia happens to own about 3/4 of the Arctic and their climate scientists certainly are the best qualified (and educated).

Some U of Colorado asterisked PhD Snow and Ice establishment clone certainly won’t be up to the task of convincing Russia to change their minds on Arctic Climate.

Sheesh, and we are trying to build a communist society with dumb people as our hopeful improvement on the Soviet Union’s smart people model. Good luck with that.

December 25, 2020 10:11 am

Is their anything the woke climate alarmists won’t stick their noses in? Anything? I doubt it. Must keep that propaganda machine at a high boil!

December 25, 2020 10:11 am

By any sane measure, the Arctic is TOO COLD. How is that not obvious?

If anyone needed proof that climate alarmism is cray cray, this should do it: climate alarmists actually complain that the ARCTIC is too HOT.

Gary Pearse
December 25, 2020 10:12 am

The Polkovo Observatory in Russia about a dozen years ago observed that Mars’s ice caps were shrinking in concert with earth’s. D’ya think that has something to do with Russia’s stance on climate. Does Colorado’s snow and ice queen know about this or us she blaming Mars’s CO2 atmosphere for this?

December 25, 2020 10:30 am

“An open letter is being drafted by scientists calling for an Arctic Ambassador with a climate background to be appointed to the Arctic Council.”
There is no real global warming crisis – it has always been a false and fraudulent crisis, promoted by scoundrels and believed in by imbeciles – wolves stampeding the sheep.
The Big Picture:
The global warming / climate change scam, the Covid-19 full-Gulag lockdown scam, the specious linkage of these two huge frauds, and the leftists’ “Final Solution”, the Marxist “Great Reset” – aka “Live like a Chinese peasant”.


 The World Economic Forum’s twitter account deleted the tweet in which this video was originally embedded in 2016.

All over the world, governments have been duped and have adopted a failed strategy of trying to appease leftist fraudsters who are intent on destroying our free society.

Sky News Australia exposes the “Great Reset”, the wild Marxist “Final Solution” from the World Economic Forum (WEF), as espoused by its founder Klaus Schwab (aka “Doctor Evil”) and a host of bizarre villains straight out of an Austin Powers film. Seriously good people, wake up and realize that you have been scammed for decades – no rational person could be this stupid for this long.

(Schwab starts at 5:05 of the video)

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Ulric Lyons
December 25, 2020 11:10 am

I’m with the Russians, it is a joke, Arctic warming is normal during each centennial solar minimum.

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December 25, 2020 1:02 pm

”120 scientists from 15 countries.”

Wow, 120. And I wonder what proportion would that be of that of all the world’s scientists. And are they actually ‘climate’ scientists or just activist scientists. And, how many scientists disagree with their point of view. Too many unknown unknowns.

Bruce Cobb
December 26, 2020 10:02 am

What do they need a “climate scientist” for? Just tape a poster of St. Greta with her scowly face up in key locations. Done.

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