Mont Blanc glacier: a striking example of reality of global warming
BY HELENE FOUQUET, SEPTEMBER 26 2015, 10:26
ON A mild September day 27 years ago, my family and I took a red cog train and a brand-new cable car from the ski town of Chamonix in the French Alps up to the Mer de Glace, or “Sea of Ice.”
It’s the most famous part of the Mont Blanc glacier, rising to 1,913m. It’s also the most visible symbol in France of climate change, which officials from almost 200 nations will discuss in Paris in December.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls visited on Friday to make that point, but he didn’t talk about what it was like in 1988. When we went there, it took just three stair-steps to get down to the ice and to a huge cave carved inside the glacier.
When I went back earlier this month, the scenery had changed dramatically. The Mer de Glace has melted and shrunk so fast that visitors now have to go down 370 steep steps to get there.
Helene says the Mt. Blanc glacier retreated 370 feet since 1988. Had Helene done her homework, she would have known that glacier retreated 48 feet in just one year during the 1930’s.
In 1929, scientists believed there were no glaciers on Mount Blanc during the Medieval Warm Period.
In 1864, journalists were intelligent enough to know that glaciers come and go in cycles. Modern journalists are too stupid to grasp that concept.
Hannibal took elephants all the way across the Alps in only ten days during 218 BC.
The fact that a glacier is currently melting tells nothing about whether the temperature is rising or falling. All it tells us is that melt is currently greater than accumulation of new snow, which has generally been the case since much of Europe was buried under ice 20,000 years ago.
Progressives are too stupid to understand basic science, so they believe they can stop glaciers melting by building bird choppers.