Outside of Normal: Sea Ice Loss 2012 [video]

Posted on September 29, 2012

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Peter Sinclair of Climate Denial Crock of the Week is one of the finest climate hawks around, with his always spot-on, well-researched and -argued videos explaining climate science and attacking climate change denial.  Here is a recent vid he put together for the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media relating to this year’s devastating summer sea ice loss, with a sea ice minimum 18% below the previous record.

How much is 18%?  Well, in 1984 Zhu Jianhua of China set a high jump record of 2.39 metres, 7 feet 10 inches.  Since then only ten people have equaled or exceeded that number, with Javier Sotomayor of Cuba holding the current record of 2.45 metres, or 8 feet and a half inch.  The difference between Zhu and Sotomayor of 0.06 metres or 2 1/2 inches is less than 2.5%.  To beat Zhu’s record by 18%, you would have to jump 2.82 metres, a whisker over 9 feet 3 inches.  If that happened, if someone came along and beat Zhu’s record by 17 inches, I think most people would consider that a tad outside of normal.

The following video opens with a statement by scientist Dr. Julienne Stroeve of the National Snow and Ice Data Center.  “I would almost argue,” she says, “that we might be entering into a new climate state.”

It is sobering to note that she made that statement in December 2011, before this year’s catastrophic Arctic sea ice decline.  Nobody is much arguing with Dr. Stroeve anymore.