– Arctic ice cap covers 656,000 sq miles MORE than 2 years ago (Ice Age Now, Aug 31, 2014):
Daily Mail trashes Al Gore’s prediction that the Arctic would be ICE-FREE by now.
“Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7 million square kilometres MORE than 2 years ago…despite Al Gore’s prediction it would be ICE-FREE by now,” reads the headline.
“The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff. It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now,” said Al Gore in 2007 as he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaign to fight so-called “global warming”.
But far from melting away, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in a row – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012.
Satellite readings by the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, which is co-funded by NASA, reveal that the area of the Arctic Ocean with at least 15 per cent ice cover is 5.62 million square kilometers.
Figures from the Danish Meteorological Institute suggest that the growth has been even more dramatic. Using a different measure, the area with at least 30 per cent ice cover, these reveal a 63 per cent rise – from 2.7 million to 4.4 million square kilometers.
“Those who just a few years ago were warning of ice-free summers by 2014 included US Secretary of State John Kerry, who made the same bogus prediction in 2009.”
Mr Gore’s office yesterday failed to respond to a request for comment.
For those who are metrically challenged, 1.7 million square kilometers is 656,000 square miles.
That is a HUGE amount of ice!
That amount of ice would totally cover all of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and just for good measure, toss in 45 Washington, D.C.s.
Almost the entire eastern one-third of the contiguous United States would be buried beneath the ice
And remember, this isn’t the total amount of ice in the Arctic. This is just the INCREASE from two years ago.
Note: The above satellite images came from the University of Illinois’s Cryosphere project.
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