Thursday, February 09, 2012
This is the data set from the most modern and reliable sea level measuring satellite available. Too bad it only goes back a few years.
Remember the peer reviewed, take it to the bank IPCC prediction that the Himalayas would be glacier free in 2035? Remember recent "Oh, yes they are melting" reports? Here's closer to the truth:
Here's a different spin to the same news:
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.
OK, if "vast quantities of ice [are] melting into the ocean" then why isn't sea level rising? Like the average global temperature for the last 15 years, the sea level rise has gone pretty flat the last 8, just when the so called experts are telling us that vast quantities of ice are melting into the ocean.
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.
Somebody's lying to us and it's probably not the satellite.
Also, Rubio's got a bit in there where he speaks of the American history of fighting to obtain/preserve the freedoms of people around the world, but not for territory. Andrew might like that part.... :-)