“Never mind the fact that the Antarctic ice cap is more extensive than at any time since satellite records began.”
I’m a long-time reader of your blog, I’ve read “Not by Fire,” and I’m a meteorologist and an atmospheric scientist.
This is the most disingenuous article I may have ever read from ABC News.
They are actually saying that the Southern Ocean is warming very fast and that this is causing the CO2 level to rise to the point where it may cause problems to shellfish by 2030 and accelerated melting of the Antarctic ice cap.
Never mind the fact that the Antarctic ice cap is more extensive than at any time since satellite records began in 1979, and never mind the fact that warm oceans hold LESS CO2 than cold oceans. This is a deliberate attempt by the media to distort facts.
And they have the nerve to say the research is a collation of 40 peer-reviewed publications. I would be willing to bet the scientist quoted, Dr. Steve Rintoul, would say that he was quoted out of context. No one could be that dumb!
Note: I acknowledge that ocean temperatures have been rising. For example, ocean temperatures in Monterrey Bay have risen one degree centigrade in the past 60 years alone.
But did humans do it? No. Blame El Niño. “El Niño is the most robust cause of global climate variability we’ve ever identified,” says oceanographer Michael McPhaden of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (NOAA).
And as I wrote in Not by Fire but by Ice, “it’s influence is growing. During the 1990s, El Niños became both longer-lasting and more frequent.”
“In the past, ocean temperatures have seesawed above or below normal every three to seven years.” But “that pattern fell apart in the mid 1970s when the Pacific’s equatorial thermostat stuck on warm,” said science writer Richard Monastersky. “Since then, five El Niños have brewed, but only once did the ocean cool off.”
Going even further, I blame underwater volcanoes.
Research, partly funded by NOAA, “reveals that underwater volcanism, is one of the strongest and least understood forces on earth, producing a vast heating of the seas equal to that of 3,000 big nuclear reactors.”
(From Not by Fire but by Ice, Chapter 10, “Fish Stew,” pp-135-136)
Thanks for the article and your comments, Tim.