Featured in the piece is veteran Quebec meteorologist Jocelyne Blouin at Radio-Canada.
Last September (er, late summer) Blouin joined a Dutch expedition to southwest Greenland with journalists, tourists and meteorologists in order to observe firsthand the devastating impacts of “climate change” on Greenland. The video report of this expedition in French, with parts in English, just couldn’t be funnier. You think AIT was bad science?
The expedition begins in southwest Greenland at Kangerlussuaq and takes the team 40 km inland to the Russel Glacier, where they set up camp 660 m above sea level. Ms Blouin comments:
It’s weird. It’s not even cold with temperatures near 0°C even though it’s the start of winter.
Last I heard, mid September is still late summer, and so it shouldn’t be a surprise that “it’s not even cold” and that they only have to wear parkas, mittens and ski hats. And isn’t it strange how these journalists only venture out to such places at times the ice is at a minimum?
The team walks to a moulin where the ice is 200 to 300 m thick, and they act surprised that in late summer water is flowing down into it. Also someone explains that volcanic soot and pollution aerosols trapped in the ice serve to accelerate melting. Blouin adds:
The ice is filled with crevices – a sure sign that the ice is moving a lot. It’s incredible.
Then Blouin again mentions the melt. Remember – it’s late summer in Southern Greenland! Blouin laments:
The whole time you hear running water. You can even hear it running in the crevices. There’s way too much water.
Later in the day they return to camp “full of emotion”.
The guide explains (in English) how the glacier works like a bulldozer and how the spot they are standing on was covered with ice 10 years earlier.
Again, at the end of summer, they are surprised that water is running. Moreover, they are astonished to see pieces of the leading edge of the glacier breaking off and falling into the lake. Just a week earlier the lake was much higher. But because ice blocking the outlet had melted (in the summertime), much of it emptied out. Blouin describes what she sees:
Everywhere the glacier is retreating.
You can hear it groaning and cracking. Water is running non-stop. It’s too hot. At this time of the year water is supposed to freeze. The glaciers are supposed to be sleeping. Yet you hear it moving – cracking.
Back on terra firma, the team is in discussion.
– You can discuss it for years and years, but that won’t solve the problem!
– We just want to stop the discussion and do something! Act!
The others want to convince the sceptics. Everyone agrees. Global warming is causing damage and here in Greenland, we have the direct proof.
The guide adds:
This summer is probably the warmest in Greenland ever recorded. It’s the beginning of what’s to come.
And later makes an emotional plea:
That’s all you need to know, indeed. Look at the glaciers! they can tell you what will happen. And what these glaciers are telling me and the public is that you can’t deny global warming. It’s impossible!
Sorry dear Mr Guide and Ms Meteorologist Blouin, it’s not all we need to know. There’s a lot more to it. You could start by finding out why they call it “Greenland” in the first place.