This video clip from the documentary ”The Great Global Warming Swindle” explains that current warming of the climate is historically a very common event, and that Arctic ice falling from the edge of glaciers is a natural occurrence which happens every Spring. It is also discussed why sea levels will not change by a large amount over the next century.
Following is a partial transcript of the information in the clip:
It is sometimes suggested that even a mild increase in global temperature could lead to a catastrophic melting of the polar ice caps, but what does Earth's history tell us?
Profession John Christy, Director, Earth System Science Center University of Alabama in Huntsville: "We Happen to have temperature records of Greenland that go back thousands of years. Greenland has been much warmer, just a thousand years ago, Greenland was warmer than it is today.. Yet it didn't have a dramatic melting event."
Professor Philip Stott, Emeritus Prof of Biogeography, University of London: "Even if we talk about something like permafrost, a great deal of the permafrost - that icy layer under the forests of Russia for example, 7 or 8 thousand years ago it melted far more than we have any evidence of it melting now.. So in other words, this is a historic pattern again, but the world didn't come to a crunching halt."
Professor Syun-Ichi Akasofu, head of the International Arctic Research Center in Alaska: "There are reports from time to time of big chunks of ice breaking away from the Antarctic Continent which has been happening all the time. But because now we have satellites that can detect those— that is why they become news. I often see TV programs talking about big chunks of ice falling from the edge of the edge of the glaciers [ supposedly being associated with global warming ], but people forget that ice is always moving."
Narrator: "These data from NASA Satellites show the huge natural expansion and contraction of the polar sea ice in the 1990s. News reports frequently show images of ice breaking from the edges of the Arctic. What they don't say is that this is as ordinary an event in the Arctic as falling leaves on an Autumn day."
Professor Syun-Ichi Akasofu: "They ask me, 'Did you see the ice falling from the glaciers?' — Yes, that's the 'spring breakup', it happens every year. The press comes to us all the time and says 'I want to see the greenhouse disaster', and I say 'there is none.'"
Professor Philip Stott: "Sea level changes over the world in general are governed fundamentally by two factors.. what we would call 'local factors' - the relationship of the sea to the land, which often by the way has more to do with the land rising or falling than anything to do with the sea. But if we are talking about what you call 'Eustatic' changes of the sea - worldwide changes, that is due to the thermal expansion of the oceans, nothing to do with the melting ice.. And that would take a very long time - more than your or my lifetime, even to be able to detect it."
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