Monday, August 25, 2014

How Fifth Graders Calculate Ice Volume - 4

Now you see it ... but ... now you don't
The ignorati have been busy the past few years spreading false memes about the "ice extent" increasing here and gaining there.

In this series Dredd Blog has been applying simple 5th grade arithmetic to the issue (How Fifth Graders Calculate Ice Volume, 2, 3).

Some of the ignorati, that is, the deniers in the right wrong-wing who have been sabotaging efforts to stave of the suicide of Civilization (Civilization Is Now On Suicide Watch, 2, 3) have filled the pages of the Agnotology text books (Agnotology: The Surge, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12).

Regular readers know that Dredd Blog has been giving you accurate information about the ice caps, accurate information about things being "worse than previously thought", and accurate information that the deniers have been trying to use Oil-Qaeda propaganda to deceive us (e.g. The Illusion of Environmental Security - 3, The Peak of Sanity - 3).

The Cyrosat instruments have been doing observations of the ice sheets, a four-year study, and the truth of the matter is exactly like Dredd Blog has been informing regular readers in that the melting of the ice caps will redistribute weight and gravity, which means shifting pressure on earthquake and volcanoes (Is A New Age Of Pressure Upon Us?, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).

In the sixth post of that series Dredd Blog pointed out that the Earth's crust is being reshaped by depletion of water in the west, especially in California, where it was likely to put torque of a different twist on the earthquake fault lines (and note Northern California’s Napa Valley Rocked By Strongest Earthquake in 25 Years).

Regular readers can now know that Dredd Blog was also correct in the series "How Fifth Graders Calculate Ice volume" linked to at the top of today's post:
The planet's two largest ice sheets – in Greenland and Antarctica – are
now being depleted at an astonishing rate of 120 cubic miles each year. That is the discovery made by scientists using data from CryoSat-2, the European probe that has been measuring the thickness of Earth's ice sheets and glaciers since it was launched by the European Space Agency in 2010.

Even more alarming, the rate of loss of ice from the two regions has more than doubled since 2009, revealing the dramatic impact that climate change is beginning to have on our world.
(Guardian, emphasis added; cf Cryosphere Journal PDF). What, "loss of ice ... more than doubled since 2009"  ... can you say "worse than previously thought" ... and can you remember who has been lying to you and who has not?

In a nation that bankrupts students with oppressive costs for education, ignorance generating organizations are also on the attack.

Even the old problem of ozone, which we assumed had been corrected, has not been:
NASA research shows Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly
Chemically induced huge Ozone hole persists
large amount of an ozone-depleting compound
from an unknown source decades after the compound was banned worldwide.

Carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), which was once used in applications such as dry cleaning and as a fire-extinguishing agent, was regulated in 1987 under the Montreal Protocol along with other chlorofluorocarbons that destroy ozone and contribute to the ozone hole over Antarctica. Parties to the Montreal Protocol reported zero new CCl4 emissions between 2007-2012.

However, the new research shows worldwide emissions of CCl4 average 39 kilotons per year, approximately 30 percent of peak emissions prior to the international treaty going into effect.
(Ozone Source & Ozone-Hole Persists). Remember all that "the ice is increasing at the poles" ideology by the ignorance generators?

Stay aware for opportunities to inform others.

The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.


  1. The IPCC is now using "irreversible" to describe damage to the global climate system. link