Alfred Wegener Institute: Arctic Ice Melt Due To CO2, But Record Antarctic Freeze Due to Wind and Weather!

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If you wonder why more and more among us are becoming skeptical of the claims made by the climate institutes, with some of us even believing they’ve long become crackpots and charlatans, then the following German ZDF public television video (in German) demonstrates why. H/t: kaltesonne.de/

When the Arctic set a record minimum sea ice extent this year, the media exploded with end-of-the world headlines claiming that man-made CO2 was driving the planet to the brink. But as the above video shows, the science changes completely when cold records are set. In the clip, ZDF television interviews scientists from the government-funded Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) to explain the Arctic record minimum and the Antarctic record maximum.

To ZDF’s credit they do say at the 1:40 mark that the 2007 Arctic minimum was due to a weeks-long high pressure system that pumped warm winds up into the Arctic, thus accelerating the melt. However, they then say that man had a hand in it. To support that, they interview Prof. Dr. Peter Lemke of the Alfred Wegener Institute at the 2:00 min mark.

There is no explanation for this other than the increase in man-made CO2.”

I’m not a professional reader of facial expressions, but to me he really does seem to have a hard time keeping a straight saying this, and it reminds me of an old great classic song by the Eagles.

At the 2:17 mark, Dr. Marcel Nicolaus describes this summer’s expedition to the Arctic with ice-breaking research ship Polarstern, saying:

We would have liked to have gone to the North Pole, but the ice was so thick that even the Polarstern could not manage it.”

The ZDF report then turns its attention to the Antarctic, saying at the 2:26 mark (my emphasis):

On the other side of the globe at the Antarctic, satellites have measured this the greatest ice extent since the start of observations. For the science, this is nothing unusual because the sea ice surrounding the South Pole has little to do with with climate events, and have much more to do with wind and weather.”

Prof. Dr. Peter Lemke explains how this all works:

When the wind gets stronger in the Antarctic, then the ice gets spread out, meaning the sea ice area expands, and in the spaces between the ice chunks it is cold enough for new ice to form.”

Like we are all going to buy that. Lemke doesn’t offer any words on increased albedo leading to more cooling, like the reverse is at play in the Arctic, or why the wind explanation works for the Antarctic, but not the Arctic.

At the 3:16 mark, the ZDF reports then warns us in a grave tone:

But global warming will soon make it’s mark also over the South Pole. Most scientists agree on that.”

Lemke then adds that Antarctica was once ice-free and sea levels 70 meters higher. But this time:

Now we are helping the sea level to rise 70 meters; it will of course take several thousand years before that happens. But then we will have to move all the coastal cities that we have built and move them.”

The ZDF adds one final, comical warning with more grave tones at the 3:53 mark:

Global warming is not only threatening nature, but also human civilization. At least as we know it.”

Oh brother.

My conclusion is borrowed from that Eagles song: “I’d thought you’d realize by now. There aint no way to hide your lying eyes.”

The science is just getting worse and worse, and is turning into a freak sideshow. Nobody can take this nonsense seriously anymore.

 

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11 responses to “Alfred Wegener Institute: Arctic Ice Melt Due To CO2, But Record Antarctic Freeze Due to Wind and Weather!”

  1. DirkH

    “The science is just getting worse and worse, and is turning into a freak sideshow. Nobody can take this nonsense seriously anymore.”

    My (German socialist) colleagues could, but they are too busy demanding taxes on the rich, and fretting about banks, police brutality, and the system to care. The warmists have definitely lost the idiot contingent of the population, leaving them with nobody.

    Not because their nonsense has become more nonsensical but because of the competition.

  2. Jeremy Poynton

    “because the sea ice surrounding the South Pole has little to do with with climate events, and have much more to do with wind and weather.”

    Let me get this right. Wind and weather are nothing to do with “climate”. Is that what he is saying? Has he missed his medication this week?

  3. archaeopteryx

    It is a freak sideshow. All we need is to keep eminding us that common semse is not dead, and not lose perspective.

    Nonsense, if repeated often enough, becomes reality for the confused. The trick is to not let go.

  4. DirkH

    Hey, now I finally watched it. I’m astonished. The ZDF apparatchik repeatedly states that their pr0paganda apparatus (which I am, to my dismay, forced to finance) receives harsh criticism every time they spew their lies.

    That means warmism is dead. When even Germans have started to complain, arch-green fanatics that they are, warmism is deader than dead.

  5. mwhite

    One of those people who heats his water with a hair drier

  6. kingkp

    Very interesting. At the start of the piece I thought for one minute it was going to be very sceptical of the AGW perspective…When I lived in Germany I never witnessed anything remotely similar to this..an acknowledgement by the main stream media that there are people who strongly disagree with CAGW, although this point was made in an elliptical, almost foolishly comical fashion. This in itself says a lot about how the debate is changing. I really believe this signifies a significant change. When the main stream media “der Bundesrepublik Deutschland” admits such things we know something is going on.

  7. John Silver

    “We would have liked to have gone to the North Pole, but the ice was so thick that even the Polarstern could not manage it.”

    Some Schwedenstahl did that. Oden have been there 6 times now.
    They had a barbecue unter die Deutsche fahne:

    http://www.smhi.se/Bloggar/Arktisexpedition-2012-reseblogg/2012/08/24/nordpolen/

  8. Bruce of Newcastle

    AMO is periodic and is inversely correlated to the global sea ice anomaly (see red curve). Which is no surprise since AMO is a sea surface temperature index. When the AMO was at bottom global sea ice was at maximum. Now the AMO is at peak global sea ice is at minimum. Unfortunately the sea ice data only starts from the time satellites were launched, so we can’t see what it was like before 1979.

    Now if Prof Lemke can explain to us how CO2 makes the AMO cyclical?

    And yes even Michael Mann would agree the AMO is cyclical since he has this in his own paper: Knight et al 2005 (GRL) – see Fig 1.

  9. richcar 1225

    First October snow in Australia in 100 years
    http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/once-in-century-october-snow-across-sa/22638
    The southern ocean, the strongest current in the world, and the only one that connects all ocean basins is at its coldest since 1980
    http://bobtisdale.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/13-southern.png
    These people are in delusion mode.

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