Global Cooling Under Way

Global COOLING Currently Under Way

A sampling of recent articles detailing the inconvenient reality of
temperature trends around the planet.

News Round Up

ng/article10866.htm> Report: Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global
Cooling (Daily Tech - February 26, 2008)

Excerpt: All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA's
GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past
year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously. A compiled list of all
the sources can be seen here. The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C
up to 0.75C -- a value large enough to erase nearly all the global warming
recorded over the past 100 years. All in one year time. For all sources,
it's the single fastest temperature change every recorded, either up or
down. [.] Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has
exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100 years. Baghdad sees its first
snow in all recorded history. North America has the most snowcover in 50
years, with places like Wisconsin the highest since record-keeping began.
Record levels of Antarctic sea ice, record cold in Minnesota, Texas,
Florida, Mexico, Australia, Iran, Greece, South Africa, Greenland,
Argentina, Chile -- the list goes on and on. No more than anecdotal
evidence, to be sure. But now, that evidence has been supplanted by hard
scientific fact. All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley,
NASA's GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the
past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously.

Forget Global Warming: Welcome to the new Ice Age (Canada's National Post -
Feb. 25, 2008)
Excerpt: Snow cover over North America and much of Siberia, Mongolia and
China is greater than at any time since 1966. The U.S. National Climatic
Data Center (NCDC) reported that many American cities and towns suffered
record cold temperatures in January and early February. According to the
NCDC, the average temperature in January "was -0.3 F cooler than the
1901-2000 (20th century) average." China is surviving its most brutal winter
in a century. Temperatures in the normally balmy south were so low for so
long that some middle-sized cities went days and even weeks without
electricity because once power lines had toppled it was too cold or too icy
to repair them. And remember the Arctic Sea ice? The ice we were told so
hysterically last fall had melted to its "lowest levels on record? Never
mind that those records only date back as far as 1972 and that there is
anthropological and geological evidence of much greater melts in the past.
The ice is back. Gilles Langis, a senior forecaster with the Canadian Ice
Service in Ottawa, says the Arctic winter has been so severe the ice has not
only recovered, it is actually 10 to 20 cm thicker in many places than at
this time last year. [.]Last month, Oleg Sorokhtin, a fellow of the Russian
Academy of Natural Sciences, shrugged off manmade climate change as "a drop
in the bucket." Showing that solar activity has entered an inactive phase,
Prof. Sorokhtin advised people to "stock up on fur coats." He is not alone.
Kenneth Tapping of our own National Research Council, who oversees a giant
radio telescope focused on the sun, is convinced we are in for a long period
of severely cold weather if sunspot activity does not pick up soon. The last
time the sun was this inactive, Earth suffered the Little Ice Age that
lasted about five centuries and ended in 1850. Crops failed through killer
frosts and drought. Famine, plague and war were widespread. Harbours froze,
so did rivers, and trade ceased. It's way too early to claim the same is
about to happen again, but then it's way too early for the hysteria of the
global warmers, too.

<> Arctic Sea
Ice Sees 'Significant Increase' in Size Following 'Extreme Cold' (Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation -CBC - February 15, 2008)

Excerpt: There's an upside to the extreme cold temperatures northern
Canadians have endured in the last few weeks: scientists say it's been
helping winter sea ice grow across the Arctic, where the ice shrank to
record-low levels last year. Temperatures have stayed well in the -30s C and
-40s C range since late January throughout the North, with the mercury
dipping past -50 C in some areas. Satellite images are showing that the cold
spell is helping the sea ice expand in coverage by about 2 million square
kilometres, compared to the average winter coverage in the previous three
years. "It's nice to know that the ice is recovering," Josefino Comiso, a
senior research scientist with the Cryospheric Sciences Branch of NASA's
Goddard Space Flight Centre in Maryland, told CBC News on Thursday. [.]
Winter sea ice could keep expanding. The cold is also making the ice thicker
in some areas, compared to recorded thicknesses last year, Lagnis added.
"The ice is about 10 to 20 centimetres thicker than last year, so that's a
significant increase," he said. If temperatures remain cold this winter,
Langis said winter sea ice coverage will continue to expand.

<> Ice between Canada
and Greenland reaches highest level in 15 years (Greenland's Sermitsiak News
- February 12, 2008)

Excerpt: Minus 30 degrees Celsius. That's how cold it's been in large parts
of western Greenland where the population has been bundling up in hats and
scarves. At the same time, Denmark's Meteorological Institute states that
the ice between Canada and southwest Greenland right now has reached its
greatest extent in 15 years. 'Satellite pictures show that the ice expansion
has extended farther south this year. In fact, it's a bit past the Nuuk
area. We have to go back 15 years to find ice expansion so far south. On the
eastern coast it hasn't been colder than normal, but there has been a good
amount of snow.'

131b5184282eb&pi=0> New Peer-Reviewed Study Shows Arctic COOLING Over last
1500 years

(Study published in Climate Dynamics, and the work was conducted by Håkan
Grudd of Stockholm University's Department of Physical Geography and
Quaternary Geology - Published online: 30 January 2008)

Excerpt: "The late-twentieth century is not exceptionally warm in the new
Torneträsk record: On decadal-to-century timescales, periods around AD 750,
1000, 1400, and 1750 were all equally warm, or warmer. The warmest summers
in this new reconstruction occur in a 200-year period centred on AD 1000. A
'Medieval Warm Period' is supported by other paleoclimate evidence from
northern Fennoscandia, although the new tree-ring evidence from Tornetraäsk
suggests that this period was much warmer than previously recognised." < >
"The new Torneträsk summer temperature reconstruction shows a trend of
-0.3°C over the last 1,500 years." Paper available here: & Full Paper (pdf)
available here: (LINK
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r_1.html> Antarctic Summer Thaw 'Later Than Normal' (AccuWeather Global
Warming News - February 6, 2008)

Excerpt: Actually, the summer thaw down there was later than normal, and
NASA believes that La Nina might have something to do with that. Usually,
the breakup of fast ice around the Antarctica Peninsula occurs in early to
mid-December, but this area was solidly frozen well into January. By the
way, according to the Polar Research Group at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign, the current southern hemispheric sea-ice area is at 2.9
million sq/km, which is about 400,000 sq/km greater than the normal level
expected for this time of year, or slightly above-normal. Based on the
latest trend on the chart, it appears that the southern hemispheric sea-ice
area could be right at normal by March.


Global warming sceptics bouyed by record cold (UK Telegraph - February

26, 2008)

Excerpt: Global warming sceptics are pointing to recent record cold
temperatures in parts of North America and Asia and the return of Arctic Sea
ice to suggest fears about climate change may be overblown. According to the
US National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), the average temperature of the
global land surface in January 2008 was below the 20th century mean
(-0.02°F/-0.01°C) for the first time since 1982. [.]Asked about the Arctic
ice cover, Gilles Langis, a senior forecaster with the Canadian Ice Service
in Ottawa, told the Post the Arctic winter had been so severe, the ice has
not only recovered but was actually 10 to 20 cm thicker in many places than
the same time last year. "

Daily Express - Feb. 18, 2008)

Excerpt: NEW evidence has cast doubt on claims that the world's ice-caps are
melting, it emerged last night. Satellite data shows that concerns over the
levels of sea ice may have been premature. It was feared that the polar caps
were vanishing because of the effects of global warming. But figures from
the respected US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that
almost all the "lost" ice has come back. Ice levels which had shrunk from
13million sq km in January 2007 to just four million in October, are almost
back to their original levels. Figures show that there is nearly a third
more ice in Antarctica than is usual for the time of year. The data flies in
the face of many current thinkers and will be seized on by climate change
sceptics who deny that the world is undergoing global warming. [.] Central
and southern China, the USA and Canada were hit hard by snowstorms. Even the
Middle East saw snow, with Jerusalem, Damascus, Amman and northern Saudi
Arabia reporting the heaviest falls in years and below-zero temperatures.
Meanwhile, in Afghanistan snow and freezing weather killed 120 people.

<> Report: Sun's
'disturbingly quiet' cycle prompts fear of global COOLING (February 8, 2008
- Investor's Business Daily)

Excerpt: Now, Canadian scientists are seeking additional funding for more
and better "eyes" with which to observe our sun, which has a bigger impact
on Earth's climate than all the tailpipes and smokestacks on our planet
combined. And they're worried about global cooling, not warming.

<> Solar data
suggest our concerns should be about global cooling - (By Geologist David
Archibald of Summa Development Limited in Australia - March 2008 Scientific

Excerpt: Solar Cycle 24: Implications for the United StatesExcerpt: I will
demonstrate that the Sun drives climate, and use that demonstrated
relationship to predict the Earth's climate to 2030. It is a prediction that
differs from most in the public domain. It is a prediction of imminent
cooling. [.] The carbon dioxide that Mankind will put into the atmosphere
over the next few hundred years will offset a couple of millenia of
post-Holocene Optimum cooling before we plunge into the next ice age. There
are no deleterious consequences of higher atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.
Higher atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are wholly beneficial.

ic%20Blog/B609A513-8AB3-4587-BE0E-D4F0A10D9C03.html> Report: Too Much Ice =
Polar Bears Starving? (Scientist Philip Stott's Global Warming Politics -
February 15, 2008)

Excerpt: Apparently, according to a report, Svend Erik Hendriksen, a
certified weather observer in the Kangerlussuaq Greenland MET Office, who is
responsible for all the weather observations at Kangerlussuaq Airport (near
to Sisimiut), says that the cause is too much sea ice: "Several polar bears
located (at least 6) close to Sisimiut town on the West coast ...Too much
sea ice, so they are very hungry...Error number 36 in the movie An
Inconvenient Truth Al Gore says the polar bear need more ice to survive...
Now we have a lot of ice, but the polar bear is starving and find their food
at the garbage dumps in towns. It's also influence the local community,
polar bear alerts, keep kids away from the schools and so on.... The first
one was shot at February 1st." Sadly, that "first one" is the poor female
hung out in the newspaper photograp.

<> Report: Solar Activity
Diminishes; Researchers Predict Another Ice Age - Sunspots have all but
vanished in recent years. (Daily Tech - February 9, 2008)

Excerpt: In 2005, Russian astronomer Khabibullo Abdusamatov predicted the
sun would soon peak, triggering a rapid decline in world temperatures. Only
last month, the view was echoed by Dr. Oleg Sorokhtin, a fellow of the
Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. who advised the world to "stock up on
fur coats." Sorokhtin, who calls man's contribution to climate change "a
drop in the bucket," predicts the solar minimum to occur by the year 2040,
with icy weather lasting till 2100 or beyond. Observational data seems to
support the claims -- or doesn't contradict it, at least. [.] Researcher Dr.
Timothy Patterson, director of the Geoscience Center at Carleton University,
shares the concern. Patterson is finding "excellent correlations" between
solar fluctuations, a relationship that historically, he says doesn't exist
between CO2 and past climate changes.

re.html> Greenland climate not varying from 'natural climate variabilty'
(Greenie Watch - Dec. 2007)

although the Greenland melt has increased during the 1992-2006 period, the
melt was even higher in 1900s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. So there is no
indication that the current melt is above natural climate variability. Of
course people who look just on the 1990 to 2007 period "see" great melting
acceleration and influence of carbon dioxide and anthropogenic climate
<> Scientist predicts
'Coming of a New Ice Age' (Winningreen February 2008 ) (By Gerald Marsh.
retired physicist from the Argonne National Laboratory and a former
consultant to the Department of Defense on strategic nuclear technology and
policy in the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton Administration.)

Excerpt: Contrary to the conventional wisdom of the day, the real danger
facing humanity is not global warming, but more likely the coming of a new
Ice Age. What we live in now is known as an interglacial, a relatively brief
period between long ice ages. Unfortunately for us, most interglacial
periods last only about ten thousand years, and that is how long it has been
since the last Ice Age ended. How much longer do we have before the ice
begins to spread across the Earth's surface? Less than a hundred years or
several hundred? We simply don't know. Even if all the temperature increase
over the last century is attributable to human activities, the rise has been
relatively modest one of a little over one degree Fahrenheit - an increase
well within natural variations over the last few thousand years. [.] NASA
has predicted that the solar cycle peaking in 2022 could be one of the
weakest in centuries and should cause a very significant cooling of Earth's
climate. Will this be the trigger that initiates a new Ice Age? We ought to
carefully consider this possibility before we wipe out our current
prosperity by spending trillions of dollars to combat a perceived global
warming threat that may well prove to be only a will-o-the-wisp. [See also
the U.S. Senate Report released December 20, 2007, "Over 400 Prominent
Scientists Disputed Man-Made Global Warming Claims in 2007" -

Related Links:

Senate Minority Report: Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed Man-Made
Global Warming Claims in 2007

ord_id=D6C6D346-802A-23AD-436F-40EB31233026> Senate Minority Report Debunks
Polar Bear Extinction Fears

Marc Morano

Communications Director

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) Inhofe Staff


202-224-5167 (fax)

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