Great video on Arctic sea ice

Via a new blog started up this summer, Fool me Once (sounds like wishful thinking ;-), proprieter Alden has graciously permitted me to embed a most excellent video he has produced on arctic sea ice.

He is covering a standard denialist talking point, that arctic sea ice has/is recovering, so the concepts will not be unfamiliar to any regulars here, but the very clear trains of argument and great use of data and graphics make this well worth watching.

http://www.wellesley.edu/EnvironmentalStudies/Faculty/Griffith/Fool-Me-Once/seaice12.swf

The original posting is here.

His other post from about a month ago, is similarily clear and compelling. (Warning: video starts automatically, so check your sound volume!). In it, he is addressing the “global warming stopped in 1998” canard, with a focus on Phil Jones’ BBC interview in which a scientifically nuanced comment on the unreliability of short term trends was intentionally twisted beyond recognition. It is also a great illustration of a point climate realists are constatntly trying to make about finding a trend in noisy data.

I’ve said this before and it may sound like strong words, but I believe it is well justified: *any* scientifically trained individual that makes his claim that global warming has stopped is most likely outright lying, but at the very least is intentionally misleading an audience he/she assumes to be uninformed. Of course, this claim can come from simple ignorance as well. So beware the liars, but also beware the crackpots!

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