The Climate-change prophets of doom have yet again been proven wrong.
David Rose (whose thriller, Taking Morgan, Quartet published just recently), the brilliant investigative journalist writing for the Mail on Sunday, has once again revealed that the brigade of alarmists has as usual inflated the dangers of climate change.
Prime example was the speech of former US vice-president Al Gore when he dramatically said that the North Polar icecap is falling off a cliff, adding: ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years from now.’ Those comments came in 2007, as Mr Gore accepted the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change.
But to the less enlightened, the Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic icecap has expanded for the second year in succession with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between forty-three and sixty-three per cent since 2012. To explain it in a more plausible way, an area the size of Alaska, America’s biggest state, was open water two years ago, but it is again now covered by ice.
The most widely used measurements of Artic ice extent are the daily satellite readings issued by the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, which is co-founded by NASA. These reveal that – while the longer trend still shows a decline – last Monday, 25th August, the area of the Arctic Ocean with at least fifteen per cent ice cover was 5.62 million square kilometres. This was the highest level recorded on that date since 2006 and represents an increase of 1.71 million square kilometres over the past two years – an impressive forty-three per cent by any standards.
Other figures from the Danish Meteorological Institute suggest that the growth has been even more dramatic. Using a different measure, the area with at least thirty per cent ice cover reveals a sixty-three per cent rise – from 2.7 million to 4.4 million square kilometres.
Satellite images taken from a further source, the University of Illinois Cryosphere Project, show that as well as becoming more extensive, the ice has grown more concentrated and increasing in density. Crucially the ice is also thicker, and therefore more resilient to future melting, according to Professor Andrew Shepherd of Leeds University, who is an expert in climate satellite monitoring.
For many years Quartet Books have published authoritative books on climate change which, by and large, the hysterical, strong lobby of government agencies and left-wing newspapers tried to ignore and sometimes vociferously campaigned against – rather than debate the issue in a more measured way.
The policy of instilling fear is one that Quartet has always confronted with courage and tenacity.
Two books worth reading if you haven’t read them already are Heaven and Earth by Ian Plimer, published by Quartet in 2009, and The Age of Global Warming by Rupert Darwall, published by Quartet in 2013.
You will at least see the other point of view, regardless of any pressure, instead of being bombarded by propagandist material churned out at every possible substantive opportunity.