Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Chicago Trib scare note on 'global warming'...

...debunked my me Washington, D.C.
Arctic ice melt nears recordWednesday, September 17, 2008

"Arctic sea ice this summer shrank to its second lowest level on record, scientists said Tuesday.

"The ice covered 1.74 million square miles Friday, according to NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo. Last summer, the ice covered 1.59 million square miles, the lowest since record-keeping began in 1979.

"Arctic sea ice, which floats on the ocean, expands in winter and retreats in summer."

My explanation [never printed]:

A Wednesday, September 17 Chicago Tribune news clip starts "Arctic sea ice this summer shrank to its second lowest level on record..," then 38 words later adds "...record-keeping began in 1979."

Folks, the earth is 4.5 billion years old, and you are concerned with the possibility of a record... for the last 29 years?

Simple arithmetic shows the last 29 years of 4.5 billion years is equivalent to the last 8 seconds of a 40-year-old human's lifetime. So maybe there wasn't any Arctic sea at all when the earth started? Then move it up by a factor of 1,000 to where the earth was 4.5 million years old, 29 years is equivalent to the last 2 hours, 13 minutes and 20 seconds of a 40 year life time. Either way, pretty skimpy numbers to start talking about a "record."

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