IT HAS been a difficult year for the icons of the climate alarmist industry. Wherever you look, from polar bears to penguins, numbers are on the rise. And why won’t all those Himalayan glaciers hurry up and melt? Don’t they know there’s a climate war on?
The recent reports that gangs of plump polar bears are roaming around the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in far northern Russia would appear to be excellent news. For years we were told their numbers were under threat owing to the effect of climate change in the Arctic. In fact the climate had nothing to do with it. A long-time partial ban on hunting means numbers have been steadily increasing. The bears are scavengers with a preference for seals but the food waste dumped by obliging non-shooting Russians will do nicely.
The Guardian excelled itself in covering the story and produced some classic climate crackpottery. The bears have nowhere to go and the echo of a refugee crisis is no accident, it suggested. ‘More and more species, along with people, are being driven from their homes by climate disruption, raising the risk of conflict.’ No doubt if polar bear numbers continue to increase they will move south, change their coats and join their distant cousins Yogi and Boo Boo making a decent living nicking picnic baskets in Jellystone Park. (Note to self: you really must stop reading the Guardian, your grip on reality seems to be suffering).
Down in Antarctica the poster-friendly penguins are refusing to play ball. A couple of years ago the BBC reported that around 70 per cent of emperor penguins will ‘relocate or disappear before the end of the century because of greenhouse gas emissions’. Of course animals in the wild often relocate – it’s called looking for food. But there seems to be plenty of tack to go around. Recently, in addition to the 600,000-strong emperor population, a colony of 1.5million Adelie penguins was spotted by satellite in a remote rocky archipelago happily fishing and sunbathing or whatever it is that penguins do in their spare time.
Sun permitting, it should be noted. Recent scientific discoveries have found that it has been snowing in the area much harder for the last 100 years than previously thought. And in large parts of Antarctica, ice is increasing. Seemingly this was news to the two hardy Dutch eco-tourists who set out last year to drive their solar powered car to the South Pole during the southern summer. The couple were banking on 24-hour sun and noted ‘we are heading towards the future’.
Indeed they were. It didn’t stop snowing and they abandoned their trip halfway. You would need a heart of stone not to laugh. And of course there were plenty of similar chuckles back in 2013 when the Australasian Antarctica Expedition ship set off to show the ice was thinning and then had to be rescued having got ‘stuck in our own experiment’.
Of course it is good to see the Himalayan glaciers getting another turn to shine – or rather melt – after the 2007 UN IPCC report said they would all be gone by 2035. According to the pro-alarmist Skeptical Science, the ‘error’ occurred when the IPCC recycled a magazine article which in turn was based on the speculation of a sole glaciologist.
Glaciers had to keep a low profile after this display of fabricated political science, but you can’t keep a good scare down for long. Now we learn that a third of the Himalayan glaciers are predicted to melt by 2100. This claim, the subject of countless headlines, is found in a recent report.
No doubt the complex science has been rigorously tested by the lead editor, a water resources manager, and the authors of the introduction, one of whom is the finance minister of Nepal.
What is happening with climate today has occurred naturally many times over. The glaciers will eventually melt since we are starting to climb out of an ice age – that is why there is still ice at the Poles.
Few events demonstrate climate ignorance more than the recent children’s marches. It is doubtful if many of the participants know much about CO2, such is the science actually taught to them in schools. They seem to think it is carbon, a mostly black solid with a molecular weight about a quarter of the gas CO2. And they certainly have little concept of time and the fact that climate has always changed.
Encouraging impressionable youngsters, as energy minister Claire Perry shamefully did, to attend emotional Left-wing climate demos, where violence could occur, is an appalling breach of trust by supposedly responsible adults. Perhaps the pupils, and their teachers, could be punished by having to listen to Sir David Attenborough give his simplistic TV presenter views on climate change. Certainly that would be a terrible ordeal for your correspondent, but I fear the brainwashed kids and their teachers might regard it as a treat.