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Fourth Thing To Know About Climate Change–Nat Geographic

April 13, 2017

By Paul Homewood





Even their graph of Arctic sea ice extent shows that the ice has stabilised since 2007. They are, of course, hoping that readers will not notice this.


They start their graph in 1979, at the end of a period when the Arctic had been getting colder for three decades.

In Climate, History and the Modern World, HH Lamb wrote (in 1982):


The cooling of the Arctic since 1950-60 has been most marked in the very same regions which experienced the strongest warming in the earlier decades of the 20thC, namely the central Arctic and northernmost parts of the two great continents remote from the world’s oceans, but also in the Norwegian-East Greenland Sea….

A greatly increased flow of the cold East Greenland Current has in several years (especially 1968 and 1969, but also 1965, 1975 and 1979) brought more Arctic sea ice to the coasts of Iceland than for fifty years. In April-May 1968 and 1969, the island was half surrounded by ice, as had not occurred since 1888.

Such sea ice years have always been dreaded in Iceland’s history because of the depression of summer temperatures and the effects on farm production….. The 1960’s also saw the abandonment of attempts at grain growing in Iceland, which had been resumed in the warmer decades of this century after a lapse of some hundreds of years…

And during the earlier decades of warming, which he mentions, we know that temperatures around the Arctic were at similar levels to today.

For instance, Nuuk in Greenland:




The warming and cooling cycles in the Arctic have nothing at all to do with global warming, but follow the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, a perfectly natural event, which NOAA says has been occurring for at least the last 1000 years.







As for the Antarctic, the land ice mass there is actually growing, according to satellite altimeters.



They also mention glaciers, but do not tell their readers that glaciers worldwide grew massively between the Middle Ages and the mid 19thC, in other words during the Little Ice Age. (See here.)

They began retreating around the mid 19thC, and observations show that the rate of recession was greater then and in the early 20thC than it is now.

As glaciers melt, we are finding the remains of forests, carbon dated to the Middle Ages, as far apart as Alaska and Patagonia. Clearly glaciers are simply returning to their natural state prior to the Little Ice Age.

  1. Adrian permalink
    April 13, 2017 6:53 pm


    Will you please lay down and take some the pills the doctor recommended. Why are you so obsessed with this shite??

    It’s shite, it smells, it’s common. Have a rest. NG are the same as loads of other identical piles of shite? There is in my mind no need to answer shite with rationality. There are comics that believe in ufo’s, gods (of all shapes and varieties, fairies etc etc.

    I don’t need to have every loophole explained.

    So pour a nice malt, put some nice music on, close your eyes……calm…. peaceful……

    The NG, BBC etc etc will still publish shite whatever we say, honestly the god lot haven’t stopped in thousands of years, the agw nutters won’t either

    • martinbrumby permalink
      April 13, 2017 8:53 pm

      Whilst I understand and sympathise with what you say, I think we should always call out deliberate fraud and glaring incompetence.
      It will do little good in my lifetime and nothing will stop the fraudulent psyentists, the hubristic virtue signalling politicians, the lazy, venal media, let alone the ruinable crooks, who will continue to trouser billions of taxpayers’ money and benight the lives of the most vulnerable.
      But, like the Soviet evil empire, even if it takes three score years and ten, this behemoth of bullshit will crash and burn.
      That will be the time when Paul’s excellent analyses can be used to prosecute the NG and all the other scum who have supported and perpetuated this fraud.

      • Adrian permalink
        April 13, 2017 9:25 pm

        Yes you are right, one day this may end, and science and reason will hopefully prevail. That comment was not meant as a criticism of Paul’s approach, which as always is top notch. Indeed hopefully the ‘new regime’ will provide knighthood, wealth and jewels etc to help pay for his efforts.

        What I was trying to convey is that the likes of NG, New ‘scientist’ and all the other propagandists are a lost cause. We should not expect them to do anything other than make a profit by selling their crap to their market. They are not scientists and merely repeat what they feel will sell their rags.

        Those that are the proper targets I feel are those that are state sponsored to tell us the reasoned truth ie the government agencies and, in particular those that peddle distortions in our schools colleges and universities.

        If we have a scientifically literate population then the likes of NG etc would not produce such crap coz it wouldn’t make a profit.

  2. AndyG55 permalink
    April 13, 2017 7:48 pm

    Greenland Ice area is near its highest in some 8000 years

  3. AndyG55 permalink
    April 13, 2017 7:55 pm

    And despite the “scary” pictures of loss of Greenland ice mas, these TINY losses would not show up on a graph of Greenland total ice mas since 1900.

    • AndyG55 permalink
      April 13, 2017 8:02 pm

      typo…. mas is spelt with a double ss.. doh !!

  4. CheshireRed permalink
    April 13, 2017 8:45 pm

    3 feet by 2100. 6 feet by 2100. 3 metres by 2100. Pick a number, any number folks, in one of ‘climate changes’ biggest Bunco Booth Bollock-fests. Sea level rise has become a staple of climate alarmism without ANY worthwhile evidence whatsoever. At some point this must pass from merely incorrect ‘opinion’ to outright, deliberately misleading fra-ud.

  5. April 13, 2017 11:17 pm

    Also no evidence that sea ice melt is related to global warming

  6. April 14, 2017 12:54 am

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  7. John F. Hultquist permalink
    April 14, 2017 4:29 am

    I expect big problems in 125,000 years — or not. Have them send me an update then.

    We used to subscribe to the National Geographic magazine.
    Now I might pick it up in a doctor’s office waiting room if there isn’t a magazine about dogs, horses, wine, gardening, cars, airplanes, music, beer, food, . . ., or health issues.

  8. Bloke down the pub permalink
    April 14, 2017 9:35 am

    I see they repeat the line that ‘sunlight is absorbed by the dark ocean instead of being reflected back into space by the ice’. This ignores the fact that at low angles, as experienced in the Arctic, water reflects more light than ice does, especially if the ice is old and with a covering of soot.

    • CheshireRed permalink
      April 14, 2017 3:30 pm

      That line always strikes me as poor because the main reason there’s sea ice at the poles in the first place is….incoming solar energy is very weak!

      • John F. Hultquist permalink
        April 14, 2017 7:01 pm

        They flunked the science classes.
        Thus, they just make stuff up.

  9. April 14, 2017 6:43 pm

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    PART 4 – Starting your Arctic sea ice extent graph at the century maximum of 1979…

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