Sea Ice Going, Going …

Just 18 years. It’s hard not to look at these two images together (via National Geographic) and not be stunned:

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2012:

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About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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4 Responses to Sea Ice Going, Going …

  1. Randy Hall says:

    What did it look like in 2013-2014 winter? I heard it grew 65%!

    http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=83451

    • dcyates says:

      In Al Gore’s entirely execrable (not to mention ridiculously self-serving) film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” he compares “today’s” (2005?) temperatures with those of 1992. I remember wondering, “1992?!? Why choose the year 1992?” Then it struck me; today’s global warm-mongers will understandably (if disingenuously) choose a year like this to better bolster their argument, because the huge volcanic eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 shot so much dirt and ash into the high atmosphere that it actually resulted in reducing the planet’s average surface temperatures for the next few years. Naturally, the world seems warmer now when compared to 1992, because the planet was unusually colder during the years immediately following that eruption. It was awfully sneaky of Al to do it this way, but what else could be expected of such a colossal hypocrite?

  2. dcyates says:

    Throughout most of Earth’s history both poles have been completely ice-free.

  3. Randy Hall says:

    We are not talking like the Earth has been here for a few billion years. We are concerned with what we might do to it. Warming may cause the planet to be greener, or grow more food. Or maybe we will boil. But if it does get better because we burned HC based fuels then we know a Designer was thinking as we became more industrialized we might need a bit more food to feed our growing population. Speculation like I just made is considered wacko, but speculation that CO2 may cause the end of mankind is no less wacko.

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