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The Melting of the ice in the Artic: What Does it Really Mean?

The melting of the Arctic ice has been in the news in recent weeks but few understand what it really means.  Questions need to be asked and answered whether it is something created by global warming as enthusiasts try to get individuals to support their agenda or whether the facts support the prognosis. Our planet has seen cold or severe winter weather and it has seen mild winter weather.  We have come to accept that we cannot do much about the weather but that does not mean we should not be prepared for any conditions for which we need to take precautions.

Understanding the melting ice in the Arctic or anywhere we typically see ice as a normal view is not an easy task as there are points on both sides of these events.  Global warming enthusiasts would like us to believe that our actions as human beings are creating this environment.  Other individuals and organizations do not accept these statements and some historical weather facts present a different picture.  Some reports even have indicated that the percentage of impact on the environment by humans would not make a dent in climatic changes which seem to be occurring.

Our planet is a big planet and as such there are many things which affect the weather we see around the world.  Two things which affect our weather and environmental conditions are the position of the moon and sunspots.  There is no doubt that sunspots have an effect on our weather and there is no doubt that the position of the moon impacts our lives through high and low tides in areas where oceans touch land.

I am not discounting the fact that that ice is melting in the Arctic but I feel we do not know enough about what is causing this current event to make a decision on any action, if any, that we may need to take.  There is no question that the amount of ice in the Arctic covers hundreds if not thousands of miles and the percentage of ice that appears to be melting should not have us jump to conclusions as to the cause.  Today individuals and some organizations want us to believe that global warming is causing events such as hurricanes, tornadoes and other events yet we still have cold and sometimes severe winters.  This causes us as individuals to wonder how global warming has a part in these events.

Another point which seems to cause hesitation is the blizzards which we have experienced some say is the result of global warming.  This in and of itself appears to be a contradiction of global warming facts.  While there can be some impact with the warming or cooling temperatures around the world from time to time again we currently do not have the technology to truly understand weather phenomena.

Granted we have learned much about predicting the weather in recent years and preparing areas for weather events such as snowstorms and tornados but the technology stops there.  It is questionable at best for any individual or organization to make statements as to what causes certain weather events given the fact that there are multiple factors which affect the weather.  How the factors play into the weather results we see from year to year is currently not understood and may not be understood for years to come.  In the meantime there will be presentations from both sides of the global warming issue and each will have some valid points but clearly there is not enough data to determine if global warming exists given the history of temperatures throughout history.



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Dennis AuBuchon

2 comments to The Melting of the ice in the Artic: What Does it Really Mean?

  • Dennis,

    Your major theme here is a valid one, I think, that we simply can’t factor in all the natural variables that affect the weather patterns the most. Much is based on computer models, which time and again have missed the predictive mark. And the major thing to consider is how much does human activity have any consequential impact? Very small, it seems more and more to be the case. Right on.


  • Mark

    Thanks for stopping and providing your perspective.

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