While hyper-partisans continue to claim “fraud,” “conspiracy,” and “fascism” in climate science, Arctic sea ice just hasn’t gotten the message.
The graph above, from “Cryosphere Today,” published by the University of Illinois, shows the evolution of Arctic sea ice extent over the past year. If you follow the black line you can see that sea ice is expanding right now, just as one would expect with the return of frigid temperatures in the Arctic region. But take a look at the red line, which plots how the extent of the ice compares with the long term mean. The data extend almost to the beginning of December, so the period of the entire Climategate controversy is covered here. And note that as of the start of December, the extent of Arctic sea ice is about a million square kilometers shy of the long-term average.
Here’s another graph, plotting the evolution of sea ice over since 1979:
I know that some people looking at this will no doubt see a dramatic trend of ever expanding sea ice indicative of the imminent return of the Ice Age. But as much as I scrunch up my eyes and try to make out that trend, I just don’t see. It kind of sort of looks like Arctic sea ice is, well, continuing to decline.
But really, who the heck am I to say? As Congressman James Sensenbrenner said yesterday, I’m a climate fascist.