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Professor Turkey Expected Less Sea Ice, Not More

January 2, 2014

By Paul Homewood




We have been repeatedly told by Professor Turkey and assorted Guardian hacks that increasing Antarctic sea ice is due to global warming.

However, BBC reporter, Andrew Luck-Baker, who has been with the expedition, has now let the cat out of the bag.

In his report, following the (fossil fuelled) helicopter rescue, he has this to say:




They are not even competent at lying!

  1. John F. Hultquist permalink
    January 2, 2014 8:07 pm

    BBC reporter, Andrew Luck-Baker”
    “One of the aims was to track how quickly the Antarctic’s sea ice was disappearing.”

    I think we have to assume he was told this by the “climate scientists” on board. I think it would be interesting to have Andrew explain exactly how this aim was to be accomplished other than to say if there was no ice, then it had disappeared. The “how quickly” part is a mystery.

    There is a famous painting titled “Ship of Fools” but following the saga of the Adademik Shokalskiy there will be a new meaning.

  2. January 2, 2014 8:11 pm

    The United Nations has unfortunately led the world in deceitful science post-1945 in an effort to save the world from nuclear annihation.

    There is a great deal of humor in the climate predictions of those on the government payroll, but the possible consequences of government deceit is deadly serious.

  3. Paul permalink
    January 2, 2014 8:44 pm

    I’d suggest that the Profesor isnt really a Turkey but just a plain old goose!

  4. Robin Guenier permalink
    January 2, 2014 9:32 pm

    The BBC is quite open about this. The current article on home page ( concludes with this: “One of the aims was to track how quickly the Antarctic’s sea ice was disappearing.”

    That would seem to be an aim that has been handsomely achieved.

  5. Sparks permalink
    January 2, 2014 10:10 pm

    I’m a bit taken back by the blatant spin and It’s such a waste of good Irony.

  6. January 3, 2014 12:20 am

    The BBC World Service has been broadcasting a series “The Return to Mawson’s Antarctica” (as part of their long-running Discovery series):

    I haven’t listened to all of this yet, but in Episode 2 Prof. Turney explains that one idea that the AAE specifically set out to investigate is that the East Antarctica ice sheet is melting and that this is causing the expansion of sea ice.

    Prof Turney: “As a result, we can use our approach into Commonwealth Bay and all our scientific observations we’re making as we go, as a way of testing this hypothesis, which is relevant to the broader region”.

    Alok Jha: “How big a concern is this idea, that the East Antarctic might be melting?”

    Prof Turney: “Well, actually 50 metres’ worth of equivalent global sea level rise is actually held in East Antarctica – it’s about two and a half, three kilometres thick. So you don’t need to melt much on the edges to raise global sea levels a lot. And that’s ultimately a bigger issue here, that the sign of expanding sea ice is perhaps an indication we’re actually looking at greater sea level rise than predicted at the moment.”

  7. January 3, 2014 12:43 am

    I made graphs of daily and year-average anomalies of the global and southern sea ice.
    The global 2013 average sea ice area is the highest since 1996.

    The global annual average sea ice area increased by 455,000 sq. km in 2012, and increased by another 1,008,000 sq. km in 2013. The global 2013 year-average sea ice area was 104,000 sq. km above the (1979 to 2008) 30-year average. The December 31, 2013 global sea ice area was 1,016,000 sq. km above the 30-year average, which is the highest for that date during the satellite record starting in 1979.

    The Southern 2013 average sea ice area is the highest during the satellite era which began in 1979.

    The southern annual average sea ice area increased by 527,000 sq. km in 2012, and increased by 468,000 sq. km in 2013. The southern 2013 year-average sea ice area was 890,000 sq. km above the (1979 to 2008) 30-year average. The December 31, 2013 southern sea ice area was 1,513,000 sq. km above the 30-year average.

  8. G. Watkins permalink
    January 3, 2014 1:12 pm

    A complete coincidence of course that Londoner, Chris Turney was educated at Holloway and University of East Anglia and is a former Prof. at Exeter Uni.
    The small world of CAGW alarmism.

  9. lolwot permalink
    January 3, 2014 6:56 pm

    It’s interesting that you all choose to believe the BBC reporters when convenient. All skepticism out of the window.

    Where on the expedition blog does it say the objective was to find out how quickly sea ice was disappearing? Answer: it doesn’t.

  10. January 5, 2014 3:38 am

    Professor Turney found out the hard way that: sometimes wishful thinking doesn’t help

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