Chris Turney, a professor of climate science at the University of New South Wales in Australia is currently leading a summer expedition to the Antarctic for scientific research. But the expedition is on hold for the time being because the ship carrying the climate adventurer has been completely surrounded and frozen in place by the sea ice.
Chris has been updating his Twitter followers on the progress of the mission but yesterday, Christmas Day he sent out this tweet: “Stuck in ice. All well. Relief expt’d 30 hrs. Science continuing.”
Professor Turney’s University web page says that, “Working with climate models, Chris is using these reconstructions to look into the mechanisms, timing and impact of extreme change in the past and future at regional and global scales.” Knowing that the professor works with models makes us wonder what he thinks the reasons are that the IPCC climate models did not predict the lack of global warming over the past 16 years or so.
We wish Professor Turney and his crew a safe and speedy rescue.
See Professor Turney’s Tweets here. See a video of the view from the stranded ship here:
AP Photo: Providence Rhode Island 1938
The mainstream media has been dutifully repeating the claim that “climate change” (which has mostly replaced the term “global warming”)* will lead to more frequent and more extreme weather events. Their fundamental argument is that man-made greenhouse gas emissions, which are accumulating in the atmosphere due to the burning of fossil fuels, will cause an increase in extreme weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and the like. Unfortunately, Mother Nature is not cooperating with their faulty theories.
1. “So far, 2013 is on pace to be a record low tornado year.” (Link to source)
2. According to NOAA, “There have been no major hurricanes thus far in 2013” and “Tropical cyclone activity through the end of October was about 70 percent below the 1981-2010 average.” (Link to source)
NOAA Graph showing 2013 Tornado Activity (black line) vs. data from 1954-2007
The NOAA graph at left shows tornado activity so far in 2013 (black line) to be at its lowest observed level when compared with data gathered from 1954 – 2007.
In addition, not a single major hurricane, defined as a Category 3 storm or higher has made landfall in the United States in over eight years. This is by far the longest hurricane “drought” on record.
Therefore, I would like to know why the Obama administration is bent on putting in place climate change policies that will put hard-working people in the energy industry out of work and increase everyone’s monthly energy bills – all because of a policy based on false predictions and scare tactics.
Tell your Congressman that we don’t want damaging and expensive climate policies that will have little effect on climate trends. Our environmental policies must be formulated with wisdom and reason and must be based only on the facts. One important fact is that the climate models, which some want us to base our climate policy on, have failed to predict the lack of global warming in the last 15 years or so. Formulating policies based on models that don’t work is nothing short of foolish.
*Perhaps the term “global warming” has not been used much lately because measurements show that Earth’s surface temperatures have not risen for approximately 16 years despite the fact that there is far more CO2 in the atmosphere now than 16 years ago.