Do They Wonder Why We Don’t Take Them Seriously? : Part 1

2,000 pound Walrus being supported by three inches of rotten ice

Expert Says Arctic Ocean Will Soon Be an Open SeaNew York Times, 1969

The thick ice that has for ages covered the Arctic Ocean at the pole has turned to water, recent visitors there reported yesterday. At least for the time being, an ice-free patch of ocean about a mile wide has opened at the very top of the world, something that has presumably never before been seen by humans and is more evidence that global warming may be real and already affecting climate. The last time scientists can be certain the pole was awash in water was more than 50 million years ago. – New York Times, 2000

“The reason so much (of the Arctic ice) went suddenly is that it is hitting a tipping point that we have been warning about for the past few years.” James Hansen, 2007

The Arctic Ocean could be free of ice in the summer as soon as 2010 or 2015 – something that hasn’t happened for more than a million years, according to a leading polar researcher. – Louis Fortier, 2007

Arctic summers ice-free ‘by 2013’ – Wieslaw Maslowski, 2007

The polar cap in the Arctic may well disappear this summer due to the global warming, Dr. Olav Orheim, head of the Norwegian International Polar Year Secretariat, said on Friday. Olav Orheim, 2008

“There is this thin first-year ice even at the North Pole at the moment,” says Serreze. “This raises the spectre – the possibility that you could become ice free at the North Pole this year.” – Mark Sereeze, 2008

POLAR ice is melting faster than previously believed and could have reached a “tipping point” beyond which it may not be able to recover, a report warns today. – WWF, 2008

The North Pole becomes an ‘island’ for the first time in history – Mark Serreze, 2008

Barber says an ice-free summer may be just three or four years away, when icebreakers will no longer be needed to navigate the region. “The ice pack looks like Swiss cheese,” agreed Mark Serreze, a senior research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Boulder, Colorado. Barber and Serreze, 2010

Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Melting Rapidly – Juliet Eilperin, 2006

…if you lose the summer sea ice, there are phenomena that could lead you not so very long thereafter to lose the winter sea ice as well. And if you lose that sea ice year round, it’s going to mean drastic climatic change all over the hemisphere. – John Holdren, 2010

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15 Responses to Do They Wonder Why We Don’t Take Them Seriously? : Part 1

  1. Marc Morano says:

    Hi Steven,

    Here is the silliest of all from Obama’s alleged ‘science’ advisor Holdren:

    See: Arctic could ‘lose the WINTER sea ice’ suggests Obama’s Science Advisor John Holdren! – Warns of Year round ICE FREE Arctic – Feb. 6, 2009)


  2. AndyW says:

    People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.


  3. truthsword says:

    I have something from The Times 1959, but I have no other source to link to….

    This warming gave the Eskimos more to handle than cod. “Arctic Findings in Particular Support Theory of Rising Global Temperatures,” announced the Times during the middle of winter, on Feb. 15, 1959. Glaciers were melting in Alaska and the “ice in the Arctic ocean is about half as thick as it was in the late nineteenth century.”

  4. Sandy Rham says:

    Er, how did the walrus climb up there?

  5. Scott says:

    In regards to the last post, what are the phenomena that would cause the winter sea ice to be lost? That quote seems to have a high degree of certainty in it, and I’m curious to know what these phenomena are and how we know they exist.


  6. Philip Finck says:

    Do you have a reference to the source of the photo and where it was used?

  7. Philip Finck says:

    The walrus is clearly very closely linked to a bird, evolution wise. Not the soft hollow bones and very light mass. 🙂

  8. Pingback: Arctic Ice Nearly Back To 2006 Levels | Real Science

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