In 1974, the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., reported that greatly increased areas of snow and ice over the north polar cap presaged the dawning of a “little ice age.”
The report claimed that satellites had first noticed the increasing snow and ice in 1972 and blamed it on weather events that occurred that year around the globe. Among those weather events were hot, dry conditions in the Moscow region of the Soviet Union that killed food crops; a shortened monsoon season in India that reduced grain production; and inadequate rains in Argentina and Australia that likewise damaged crops. In the United States, abnormally wet weather in the fall of 1972 and spring of 1973 reduced corn and soybean production.
The result of this, according to the report, was skyrocketing food prices and widespread food shortages.
The report proclaimed: “There are strong signs that these recent climate disasters were not random deviations from the usual weather, but instead signals of the emergence of a new normal for world climates. If so, it is a normal that will be far less favorable to global agriculture, and thus to world food supplies.”
According to the report, the climate changes presaged a new “little ice age” that would not be as extreme as the one that occurred around 1,700 A.D., but would more likely resemble the one that occurred during the period 1880-1920.
Climatologists attending a workshop in Bonn, Germany, in 1974 looked at the satellite data and determined that during the 30 years prior to 1974, temperatures had been steadily cooling in the northern hemisphere. This cooling would continue, they said, and lead to a period wrought with agriculturally adverse droughts, abnormally cold spells and heat waves, with other extremes becoming more common.
When it comes to climate change — or that thing that most people call “weather” — it seems the more things stay the same, the more the climate change mafia changes their stories. The predicted ice age never materialized. Instead, some of same scientists soon turned around and forecast a rise in global temperatures, lessening ice at the poles and coming disasters like rising sea levels, droughts, floods and even snowstorms — the same “disasters” they had just blamed on increasing ice.
Now, Rutgers University climate scientist Jennifer Francis is out with a new study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, that notes ice at the North Pole is disappearing at an alarming rate and researchers “are finding a link with recent bouts of extreme weather.” Of course.
According to Francis, just half as much of the North Pole is covered by ice as was the case 30 years ago. This despite the fact that since 1997 there has been no significant increase in global average surface temperature, and some areas — notably the Northern Hemisphere — have actually cooled.
In editorializing on Francis’ report, Voice of America tells us, “At the same time, the northern hemisphere has seen some unbelievable weather with the last decade: Record-breaking heat waves and droughts in North America and Europe, and devastating floods in east Asia, to name a few.”
Francis and colleagues went back through three decades of weather data and measurements of Arctic ice and snow cover in northern latitudes. VOA tells us they found that, “’when there was less ice or less snow in any given year during the summertime, that that was more likely to occur at the same time as the occurrences of heat waves,’ she says.”
The takeaway is that climate science is far from settled. The climate change mafia has for years been fudging its statistics and making things up from whole cloth and has no compunction over it.
Their goal is not to “settle” the science, reduce so-called “greenhouse” gases or control the weather to the benefit of mankind. Their goal is simply to redistribute wealth and place more power in the hands of the elites.