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Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Arctic warming at twice global rate, 02 November 04, New Scientist. Also similar articles in about 69 other newspapers and magazines around the globe by reporters that will not do their home work. So, we get another blizzard of reports that we are doomed -- the ice is melting the oceans are rising, head for the mountains.
“Global warming in the Arctic is happening now, warns the most comprehensive scientific report to date. The reports concludes that the northern ice cap is warming at twice the global rate and that this will lead to serious consequences for the plane.
However the study is based on a flawed IPCC Climate Change model.
"Prestrud told New Scientist that the report draws on models used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its predictions. It has based the Arctic projections on the IPCC’s “middle scenario”, where global warming gas emissions are double their pre-industrial level. In this scenario, sea level will rise between 10 and 90 centimeters in this century, he says.
My emphasis

To understand why the model is flawed, check out this article in Science, reported on at Tech Central Station: Is the Hockey Stick Broken?

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