Oh, this isn’t good. Those Himalayan glaciers that were supposed to have disappeared by 2035 according to the IPCC (since retracted as nonsense), haven’t even shrunk in ten years. From the Guardian story:
The world’s greatest snow-capped peaks, which run in a chain from the Himalayas to Tian Shan on the border of China and Kyrgyzstan, have lost no ice over the last decade, new research shows. The discovery has stunned scientists, who had believed that around 50bn tonnes of meltwater were being shed each year and not being replaced by new snowfall.
And another one (prediction) bites the dust.
Oh, and the Arctic melt ain’t what it was projected to be either, to the tune of 30% less than thought. From the U.S. News and World Report:
The team used data from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment satellite, which was launched as a joint project between NASA and Germany in 2002. The GRACE satellite measures gravity, which is related to mass, in 20 distinct regions worldwide. Wahr says that gives the team more accurate estimates, because previous teams had to measure ice loss at “a few easily accessible glaciers” and then extrapolate it to the 200,000 glaciers worldwide.
As projection after dire prediction has failed to materialize, the credibility of the sector continues to plummet, and for good reason.
My take: This doesn’t prove anything one way or the other–except that “the scientists” don’t know as much as they claim and that climate modeling is not accurate because the “climate” is far more complex than the designers yet understand. We should not turn our economies upside down and turn the world over to technocratic rule on something that is so uncertain.
Yes, of course, the scientists still say that none of this matters and WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE! Think of the lost grant money and social ostracism they would face if they didn’t.