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Monday, January 11

Mini-Ice Age?

David Rose at Mail Online seems to think so.
The bitter winter afflicting much of the Northern Hemisphere is only the start of a global trend towards cooler weather that is likely to last for 20 or 30 years, say some of the world’s most eminent climate scientists.
Their predictions – based on an analysis of natural cycles in water temperatures in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans – challenge some of the global warming orthodoxy’s most deeply cherished beliefs, such as the claim that the North Pole will be free of ice in summer by 2013.
According to the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Colorado, Arctic summer sea ice has increased by 409,000 square miles, or 26 per cent, since 2007 – and even the most committed global warming activists do not dispute this.
I'm not believing anyone anymore without a ton of data that can be reviewed by independent scientists, whether for global-warming or -cooling (data, not the scientists).

Personally, I just know it's freakin' cold.

Update: And here's why I just don't trust these guys anymore.  The above information is factually true, but it's still not right (as in right-in-the-head).  Yeah, the arctic summer sea ice has increased, but it's still way the **** down compared to where it was even 5 years ago.  It looks like it's fluctuating pretty heavily, but it's been a steady downward trend since 1978.  That doesn't mean I believe in man-made global warming, but it's definitely something that should be studied.  Compared to the lifespan of the earth, there's just not enough data.  Thirty years is nothing.  I'm not saying ignore it, but I'm also not saying go off half-cocked.  The Earth is a very complex place, and thinking we understand it is the height of arrogance.