Monday, January 31, 2011

They're (not) Melting!!!! They're (not) Melting!!!!

Melting glaciers in the Himalayas could lead to water shortages for hundreds of millions of people,

BBC, Himalayan glaciers 'melting fast,' 14 March 2005

Glaciers high in the Himalayas are dwindling faster than anyone thought, putting nearly a billion people living in South Asia in peril of losing their water supply.

MSNBC, Himalaya glaciers melting much faster, 24 Nov. 2008

The UN's climate science body has admitted that a claim made in its 2007 report - that Himalayan glaciers could melt away by 2035 - was unfounded

The Guardian, IPCC officials admit mistake over melting Himalayan glaciers, 20 Jan. 2010

And now today, from the Telegraph:

Himalayan glaciers are actually advancing rather than retreating, claims the first major study since a controversial UN report said they would be melted within quarter of a century.

Researchers have discovered that contrary to popular belief half of the ice flows in the Karakoram range of the mountains are actually growing rather than shrinking. . . .

The new study by scientists at the Universities of California and Potsdam has found that half of the glaciers in the Karakoram range, in the northwestern Himlaya, are in fact advancing and that global warming is not the deciding factor in whether a glacier survives or melts. . . .

"Our study shows that there is no uniform response of Himalayan glaciers to climate change and highlights the importance of debris cover for understanding glacier retreat, an effect that has so far been neglected in predictions of future water availability or global sea level," the authors concluded.

Dr Bookhagen said their report had shown "there is no stereotypical Himalayan glacier" in contrast to the UN's climate change report which, he said, "lumps all Himalayan glaciers together." . . .

Piece by piece, the theory of man-made global warming and the claims of calamity and catastrophic effects as a result thereof are being proven an utter canard. Unfortunately, it will take far longer to stop the greens' destruction of our energy sector and, with it, their threat to our economy as they try to save us from global warming.

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