The Arctic, Al Gore
and better understanding
Extract from Chapter 6 at: http://www.arctic-heats-up.com
Here placed 02 April 2009
Gore said in July 2007: "Just in the last few months, new studies
have shown that the north pole ice cap - which helps the planet cool
itself - is melting nearly three times faster than the most pessimistic
computer models predicted" A few months later, he,
together with the IPCC, were honored with the Peace Nobel Prize in
December 2007 for "for their efforts to build up and disseminate
greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the
foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change".
The awarding Committee was presumably not aware that neither of the two
Nobel laureate had hardly anything achieved in explaining why the Arctic
warmed the Northern Hemisphere during the first half of the last century.
Al Gore's had paid the North Pole a visit by submarine before becoming
Vice President of the U.S.A:
"We were crashing through that ice, surfacing, and I was
standing in an eerily beautiful snowscape, windswept, and sparkling white,
with the horizon defined by little hummocks, or 'pressure ridges' of ice
that are pushed up like tiny mountains ranges when separate sheets collide.
But here too, CO2 levels are rising just as rapidly, ...As the polar air
warms, the ice here will thin; and since the polar cap plays such a
crucial role in the world's weather system, the consequences of a thinning
cap could be disastrous"
Gore's North Pole visit took place about 1990. As almost two decades have
passed, one can only wonder that he and his fellow alerter on global and
arctic warming still understand so little about at least the early part of
the warming in the Arctic. Instead he claimed recently:
"We - the human species - have arrived at a moment of decision."
"What is at risk of being destroyed is not our planet itself,
but the conditions that have made it hospitable for human beings".
"We - all of us - now face a universal threat. Though it is not
from outside this world, it is nevertheless cosmic in scale." (NYT,
1 July 2007).
How can someone talk about a cosmic scale threat if he is not able and
obviously not interested in understanding a 'climatic revolution' that
occurred under the eyes of modern science only 90 years ago? The
explanation is presumably simple. Whoever is talking about climate without
thinking comprehensively in the terms conditioned by the oceans and seas,
will get not far in understanding what makes climate tick and where and
when human activities are changing climate due to altering the 'natural
structure and course' of the oceans and seas.
excerpt is from the recently published book:
How Spitsbergen Heats the World
The Arctic Warming 1919 -1939
The book elaborates historical and resent research papers comprehensively and
discusses them in such detail that seems no longer possible to assume that the
earlier Arctic warming is due to “natural variability”. Calling the ice
melting an: “Apocalypse Now”, should be met with reservation, as long as the
first Arctic warming from 1919 to 1939 is not thoroughly understood. With the
material and information presented, the climate change debate will be enhanced
with astonishing new aspects.