First off, Climate Depot extends congratulations to the global warming activists as they celebrate current Arctic ice conditions and try to convince the public that it is a significant event that is due to man-made global warming.
Is this Arctic ice event significant and does it prove man-made global warming claims? Will skeptics now recant and call for carbon taxes to control the weather?
Global warming activists are clinging to Arctic ice shifts as their number one claim of scientific "proof" as they seek to keep the man-made global warming movement alive.
But, just as current Arctic ice shifts are not "proof" of man-made global warming, they are also not unusual, unprecedented or cause for alarm, according to multiple peer-reviewed studies, data analyses and experts.
Back in 1907, they were warning the public of an “Arctic Heat Record.” In 1912, they bemoaned ten degrees of Arctic warming. And, in 1922, they warned that Greenland would melt and cause floods.
So what does the 2012 Arctic ice minimum mean scientifically?
Satellite monitoring of Arctic ice began in late 1979 at end of 40 year cold cycle (remember the fears of a coming ice age in the 1970s?) when ice was probably at its highest. In fact, we have satellite monitoring of Arctic ice going back to 1974.
It is also very likely the 1930s and 1940s had the same or even less Arctic ice. Arctic climate goes in cycles.
Arctic ice fluctuations have been documented going back thousands of years.