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Alpine Melt Reveals…There’s Nothing Special About Today’s Climate

An interesting piece of news from the BBC that screams out very loud “there is nothing special about today’s climate“.

Yet, it’s all to be read between the lines, as the “greenhouse gases” are taken as the current warming’s culprit as a matter of course (i.e. without thinking).

Basically, alpine archeologists are having a field day (ha! ha!) with retreating glaciers exposing very, very ancient human artifacts. It should go without saying that if humans were up there at a time when gore-tex had not been invented and mountaineering superstores were not around, it must have been considerably warm. Also, everything buried under a glacier must have been there before the glacier trundled by.

So it must have been warm around 3,300BC and 4,500BC. How about the rest of the time? I have found this graph online. Once again, it’s in Italian, but should not be difficult to decypher. It shows how temperatures have changed in the Western Alps during the last 11,000 years (Western Swiss Alps, I understand, as the graph is supposed to be from the University in Berne):

Western Alps temperatures during the last 11,000 years

Western Alps temperatures during the last 11,000 years

Quick analysis:
  • Present temperatures are relatively high compared to the past
  • The 16C threshold has been touched, for the 5th time in 10,000 years
  • It’s the 7th time that temperatures are on the way up, even without considering the increase immediately following the last Ice Age

Furthermore: whoever put that arrow shooting skywards, must be a comedian (or an involuntary comedian). Climatechangeology is a naked science indeed.

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  1. Rob
    2008/09/05 at 15:10

    Glacier retreat, it`s been going on since the end of the little ice age.

    http://www.cmiae.org/glacier-lichen.htm

  2. Aaron C
    2008/09/03 at 22:13

    Just found your site today and enjoyed this story, and others, very much. Keep up the good work!

  3. 2008/09/02 at 08:09

    This is a little reminiscent of the Cold War, when observers would need to read, as you say, between the lines of publications like Pravda, in order to assess the shifts that were going on behind the scenes. First there was the acceptance that natural cycles such as the PDO can “temporarily [of course!] mask the impacts of global warming in the short term”. And now an acceptance that the troublesome MWP wasn’t magicked out of existence by Michael Mann after all, but actually took place. It will be interesting to see how far this thawing of ideas will go.

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