March 23, 2009

"Lars and the Boys"

I find everything about this article rather,....uh uncritical? funny? starting with the picture that accompanies the headline.
from Times On Line
Scientists drill deep into Greenland ice for global warming clues from Eemian Period

Scientists are to dig up ice dating back more than 100,000 years in an attempt to shed light on how global warming will change the world over the next century.

The ice, at the bottom of the Greenland ice sheet, was laid down at a time when temperatures were 3C (5.4F) to 5C warmer than they are today.

With temperatures forecast to rise by up to 7C in the next 100 years, the ice more than 8,000ft (2,400m) below the surface is thought by researchers to hold valuable clues to how much of the ice sheet will melt.....


OK, if the ice laid down 100,000 years ago was formed when temps were 3C-5C warmer than today, then one must make the assumption that 100,000 years ago when temperatures were warmer, there was ice in Greenland right? So if ice is forming in Greenland when it is warmer than today's climate, how is today's climate melting the ice in Greenland?

.....Lars Berg Larsen, of the University of Copenhagen, which is leading the project, said: “We are looking into this period to find out what happens to the climate if you get 3 to 5 degrees warmer.

“The Eemian is the nearest time we know that matches temperatures we can expect in the next 100 or 200 years. It will tell us much about what might happen.”....


OK Lars I ain't no scientist but I got a way to save you a bunch of drilling, money and frost bit toes. If there is ice in that ice sheet where it was 3-5 degrees warmer than today, if it is 3-5 degrees warmer 100-200 years from now.....maybe, just maybe, there will still be ice? Just a guess here but if the ice then did not melt at those temps in that climate, why would it in the future in the same temps? I'm just saying Lars. it's a bit chilly out there and all.

Researchers also hope that the chemical traces hidden in the ice up to 8,340ft below the surface will reveal how the Greenland ice sheet responded to the higher temperatures. This will have implications for sea level rises in the coming century. If the ice sheet melts entirely, seas would be expected to rise by 21ft.

Researchers expect to find that much of the ice persisted even when temperatures were 5C higher than today, offering hope that much of it will remain in a world of manmade climate change.


Oh golly jeez I'm sorry at the very end of the story we find out that Lars and the boys already suspect they know the answer, THE DAMNED ICE AIN'T GONNA MELT!

Hey but it's a good gig for Lars and the boys to make a few bucks right?

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