Sea Ice Extent 2014

The extent of Arctic sea ice in 2104 reached its lowest extent for the year on 17 September. It was the sixth lowest that satellite records have recorded and is very significantly lower than the annual average ice extent recorded by the same means between 1981 and 2010, so it is clear that the trend for Arctic sea ice extent in summer is falling. Continue reading

We all look for comfort where we can find it

At this time of the year we can see how the Arctic sea ice extent has behaved and see what this signals for the future, as far as climate change is concerned. Continue reading

Climate Change – it is not our fault and it is not happening

Although the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have not yet published their latest report, governments are getting nervous about climate change. The recession has caused many governments, including that of the United Kingdom, to ask scientists to explain why global warming appears to have “paused” in the last decade. Can this “pause” be consistent with the theory of global warming? Is the planet really warming up, or are all those scientists simply wrong? Continue reading

The Extent of Arctic Sea Ice 2013

We are approaching the time when Arctic sea ice is measured at its seasonal lowest extent. Some sources have inaccurately reported that sea ice concentration this year is the highest ever. It is not. The extent of sea ice is significantly below the average extent of sea ice from 1981 to 2010. Continue reading

Ice in the Antarctic

The most dramatic and immediate evidence of climate change is to be found at the extremes of the planet. The ice at the poles and the conditions in the tropics show most vividly how our climate is changing. Tropics are increasingly becoming deserts and the poles are losing their ice cover. Continue reading

Drawing the Short Straw

If you look at a map of the world between Greenland and the Canadian and Alaskan mainland are tens of thousands of islands that form an archipelago, a cluster of islands mostly uninhabited except by seals, polar bears and wolves. Much of the land is covered with ice, permanent glaciers which as all glaciers do, move and flow although these glaciers tend to flow in many directions rather than in a single direction.  Although there have been many studies of Arctic sea ice cover until recently not much work had been done to understand what is happening to the glaciers on the Canadian Archipelago. Continue reading

So long, Mackerel

We are being advised to eat less mackerel, which is a healthy oily fish that lives close to the surface of the ocean. Mackerel shoals have moved to the North West in the last eight years, into areas of the sea fished by Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Continue reading