Arctic Sea Ice Expanding at Record Pace

Published February 1, 2008

Just months after global warming alarmists attempted to scare people by claiming warming was causing a record shrinkage of Arctic sea ice, NASA scientists report the ice is now expanding at a record pace.

In September and October 2007, global warming activists achieved media headlines worldwide by asserting Arctic sea ice was at an all-time low and global warming was to blame.

The asserted “all-time” low extended back only to 1979, and NASA reported in November the Arctic sea is regenerating ice at a record pace. In addition, NASA scientists on October 4 published a study documenting how a recent change in Arctic regional wind patterns, rather than global warming, caused the briefly receding sea ice.

Further refuting the scare stories, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports Antarctic sea ice in 2007 reached its largest extent in recorded history.

“While the news focus has been on the lowest ice extent since satellite monitoring began in 1979 for the Arctic, the Southern Hemisphere [Antarctica] has quietly set a new record for most ice extent since 1979,” said meteorologist Joe D’Aleo, executive director of the International Climate and Environmental Change Assessment Project.

“This winter has been an especially harsh one in the Southern Hemisphere, with cold and snow records set in Australia, South America, and Africa,” D’Aleo added.

James M. Taylor ([email protected]) is a senior fellow of The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Environment & Climate News.