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Nature Defies Science

Posted on 08 February 2012 by Ed Z

They told us the science is settled.  They told us the opinion is fact.  They told us back in 2008 we had 10 years to make changes to our lives or we’ll have gone too far to ever come back from the brink of total disaster.  The climate crisis.

It seems now that nature has other plans.

The world’s greatest snow-capped peaks, which run in a chain from the Himalayas to Tian Shan on the border of China and Kyrgyzstan, have lost no ice over the last decade, new research shows.

The discovery has stunned scientists, who had believed that around 50bn tonnes of meltwater were being shed each year and not being replaced by new snowfall.

Wait, how can this be?  I thought the science was settled but now you’re telling me the scientists are stunned?  Well this must just be an isolated incident right?  Oh.

Nearly 230 billion tons of ice is melting into the ocean from glaciers, ice caps, and mountaintops annually—which is actually less than previous estimates, according to new research by scientists at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

If the amount of ice lost between 2003 and 2010 covered the United States, the whole country would be under one-and-a-half feet of water, or it’d fill Lake Erie eight times, researchers say. Ocean levels worldwide are rising about six hundredths of an inch per year, according to researcher John Wahr.

While vast quantities of ice melting into the ocean is not exactly good news, Wahr says, according to his team’s estimates, about 30 percent less ice is melting than previously thought.

So their estimates were wrong by 30% and we’re supposed to just shrug and say “tax me anyway”?  Typically, in the real world, if your estimates are off by 30% you get fired.  But the science is settled.  Move along.

 

2 Comments For This Post

  1. Chris Says:

    I don’t know what it means, but this has been one of the mildest winters I can imagine. But last winter was a frigid piece of crap. I don’t know if they’re right or wrong, or if global warming really is happening. But if ice caps arent melting, that’s a good thing.

  2. Ed Z Says:

    What it means to me is when someone insists that the science is settled and we should start making laws, taxes, ect. based on this science we need to ask if that is really the case.

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