Amount of global sea ice same as 1979

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Winningreen Issue Alert       A010509

Amount of global sea ice same as 1979

By Gretchen Randall

Date:  January 5, 2009

Issue:  The University of Illinois' Arctic Climate Research Center is reporting that satellite data show global sea ice levels at the same level they were in 1979, the year satellite observations began.  The data come from observing both the northern and southern hemisphere polar regions.   Ice levels had been decreasing in the polar regions in 2008 until the last quarter when an increase in new ice accelerated.

Daily Tech reports Bill Chapman, a researcher with the UIUC's Arctic Center,  attributes the increase in sea ice “in part to colder temperatures in the region.” New ice formed and without snow cover grew more rapidly than forecast.

Comment 1:  Despite scientists’ warnings that the changes in ice and climate in general were due to natural cycles, the Fish and Wildlife Service under pressure from environmental groups listed the polar bear as “threatened”  even though evidence shows that the number of polar bears in total is increasing.

Comment 2: Environmentalists are now trying to use the listing of the polar bear to regulate carbon dioxide emissions under the guise of limiting climate change.  In effect the groups will try and stop new development of power plants and new energy sources all in the name of the thriving polar bear population.

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Contact: Gretchen Randall