Category Archives: Cryosphere

French Antarctic research discussing solar signals in sea ice data over the last 11,000 years.

This is a fascinating example of a taboo climate subject we seldom hear from IPCC compliant science sources – quietly leaking out in Abstracts and presentations from the the COMNAP Sea Ice Challenges Workshop held in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia on 12-13 May 2015. I have only had time to read the top two presentations by the Chinese and the French.
A quote from the French Abstract – [Variations in both sea ice proxies, SOI and SAM present periodicities similar to solar activity cycles Gleissberg  and Suess cycles) showing an influence of solar activity on atmospheric and  oceanic circulation through the modulation of the SOI and SAM.] The sea ice proxies they ref to are derived from diatoms in sea floor sediment cores. Diatoms live near the ocean surface and when they die their minute siliceous skeletons contribute to the sea floor sediment.
SOI is of course the Southern Oscillation Index and SAM is the Southern Annular Mode. And we are told that carbon dioxide is the dominant cause of changes in climate.

Media assists NASA to beat up the collapse of the Larsen B ice shelf – which if you check a map is not even in the Antarctic

NASA finds Antarctic ice shelf just a few years from disintegration – pity that it is north of the Antarctic circle and closer to Cape Horn than the south pole. There is also quite a cluster of volcanoes around the Larsen ice shelves – but hey lets not worry about subterranean heat sources. This story has been running for 15 years – whether or not the Larsen B fades away does not affect the bigger story, which is the expansion and thickening of Antarctic sea ice – a real problem for the warmers.

Winner of the “I would never have guessed” headline competition


When you click on the ABC link the story is slightly different but same old same old Scientists on ‘strangest continent’ Antarctica investigate effect of climate change on animals – why refer to Antarctica as “strange” ?

This article got my curiosity too – Reality sinks in for flood-affected families in Deception Bay – the big question is asked – “…will this happen again?”
I do wonder about our education system.
The GreenLeft have been hyperventilating at the ABC over this too – NT deep sea port in environmentally significant area open for business despite no impact assessment – disgusting!! and the world has not ended?