This morning the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works blog has a heads on a blockbuster report to be published this fall. The post lists a summary of eleven scientific reports refuting fears of Greenland melting. Details here.
Ilulissat, Greenland – The July 27-29 2007 U.S. Senate trip to Greenland to investigate fears of a glacier meltdown revealed an Arctic land where current climatic conditions are neither alarming nor linked to a rise in man-made carbon dioxide emissions, according to many of the latest peer-reviewed scientific findings. Recent research has found that Greenland has been warming since the 1880’s, but since 1955, temperature averages at Greenland stations have been colder than the period between 1881-1955.
A recent study concluded Greenland was as warm or warmer in the 1930’s and 40’s and the rate of warming from 1920-1930 was about 50% higher than the warming from 1995-2005. One 2005 study found Greenland gaining ice in the interior higher elevations and thinning ice at the lower elevations. In addition, the often media promoted fears of Greenland’s ice completely melting and a subsequent catastrophic sea level rise are directly at odds with the latest scientific studies. These studies suggest that the biggest perceived threat to Greenland’s glaciers may be contained in unproven computer models predicting a future catastrophic melt.
This should put to rest any of your fears about a sea level rise flooding Sacramento as suggested on a recent NCFocus post. The EPW Blog lists eleven recent studies that refute James Hansen’s scary paper on rapid sea level rise. You can read the whole post here, with links to the referenced papers.
So, if the facts do not support Hansen's computer models, what was the purpose of his scary report. Politics?