Latest From James Hansen: North Pole Ice Free “In A Couple Of Decades”

Controversial climate scientists Dr James Hansen, currently at the center of a storm regarding comments he made praising the communist Chinese dictatorship, has made another startling prediction at a public library in Westport, Connecticut.

Speaking to an audience of around 200 people, Dr Hansen warned that the North Pole will shortly be ice-free, thanks to global warming. As the Westport Patch reports:

Hansen went on with frightening statistics: carbon emissions to the atmosphere have increased 2.5 percent over the past decade, a time of heightened awareness.   “We will lose all the ice in the polar ice cap in a couple of decades,” he said, predicting the impact from rising sea levels will devastate coastal communities worldwide.

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Dr Hansen didn’t cite any peer-reviewed studies in support of this assertion, and only took questions from children, saying: “I want to hear questions from the young, not the old”.

16 responses to “Latest From James Hansen: North Pole Ice Free “In A Couple Of Decades”

  1. They actually let him near children?

  2. Hansen can afford to make such wild, dire predictions because he sure won’t be around in twenty years time – not at his age.

  3. James Hansen is the author of such childrens classics as “Nighty Night, Sleep Tight because Tomorrow You’re ALL Going to DIE!!!!”, “The BUGG (big unfriendly genocidal giant) and the “Janet and John, Eco-Warriors” series.
    He used to be a Scientist but found out late in life that writing bed-wetting and night-terror fiction for children was much more fun.

  4. New scientific validation process from the Warmists “I want to hear questions from the young, not the old”

    Surely the kids answers will be testament in the next IPCC report.

  5. Meanwhile in the real world Navy PIPS data, showing the significant increase in Arctic ice thickness over the last few years. [click]

    More alarmis rubbish

    National Geographic – June 20, 2008
    North Pole May Be Ice-Free for First Time This Summer

    BBC – 12 December 2007
    Arctic summers ice-free ‘by 2013’

    Independent – 27 June 2008
    “It seems unthinkable, but for the first time in human history, ice is on course to disappear entirely from the North Pole this year. ”
    By Steve Connor, Science Editor

    Not only was he wrong he should be dismissed as science editor. Why? Because there is ample evidence of ice-free Arctic ocean during the last ~11,000 years. See here, here and here.
    Humans have been around for much, much longer than that.

    Here is a blast from the past:

    Navsource – See also photo
    Skate (SSN-578), surfaced at the North Pole, 17 March 1959.

    Reading Eagle – Apr 5, 1959
    “The ice mass covering the pole is slowly melting. The Arctic ice pack is 40 per cent thinner and 12 per cent small than it was at the beginning of he century. Experts predict that in not too many decades the region will melt altogether in the summer months.”

    AP – Jan 21, 1934
    Greenland’s Glacier Mountains Melting

    The Free Lance-Star – Feb 12, 1947
    Ice-Free Region Found In South [Antarctica]
    “They described it as a remarkable inland “oasis” of muddy pea green lakes…”

    • Go Jimbo!

      I will make a note of these and use in a forthcoming article about the north pole to be written when I have the time! Thanks for the links!

      Cheers,

      HtL.

      • Here is a better list of failed forecasts for you. Enjoy!

        Reading Eagle – Apr 5, 1959
        “The ice mass covering the pole is slowly melting. The Arctic ice pack is 40 per cent thinner and 12 per cent small than it was at the beginning of he century. Experts predict that in not too many decades the region will melt altogether in the summer months.”

        Sarasota Journal – May 16, 1972
        Expert Sees Iceless Ocean By Year 2000
        WASHINGTON (AP) Arctic specialist Bernt Balchen says a general warming trend over the North Pole is melting the polar ice cap and may produce an ice-free Arctic Ocean by the year 2,000.

        CBS News – Dec. 13, 2007
        scientist Jay Zwally said:”At this rate, the Arctic Ocean could be nearly ice-free at the end of summer by 2012, much faster than previous predictions.”

        Exclusive: Scientists warn that there may be no ice at North Pole this summer
        Independent – 27 June 2008
        “It seems unthinkable, but for the first time in human history, ice is on course to disappear entirely from the North Pole this year. ”
        By Steve Connor, Science Editor

        ABC News – April 7, 2008
        North Pole could be ice-free in a year: scientist

        BBC – 12 December 2007
        Arctic summers ice-free ‘by 2013
        Their latest modelling studies indicate northern polar waters could be ice-free in summers within just 5-6 years. …….”So given that fact, you can argue that may be our projection of 2013 is already too conservative.”

  6. In the year when sea levels fell by record amounts, his claims that rapid sea level increases will cause the Arctic Ice Cap to go away, is indeed a bravely foolish comment.

    The man should be carefully examined by qualified doctors.

  7. Pingback: Hansen : Polar Ice Cap Gone In 20 Years – World To Flood | Real Science

  8. “Controversial climate scientists Dr James Hansen”

    Isn’t he an astrophysicist rather than a climate scientist?

  9. NASA – scaring your children since 1988.

  10. I do not see how the north pole melting will raise sea levels since FLOATING ICE will not cause a rise in sea level. Other than that hansen is an IDIOT, the world is full of them and he is the head idiot in charge!

  11. Wow! The north polar ice cap will be all but GONE in 20 years?! Even during the N.H. winter when everything above the Arctic Circle sits in darkness? Even though most of the ice in the Arctic is sea ice and therefore, even if it did all melt, would have no measurable effect on sea levels? Even though the average thickness of the Greenland Ice Cap is around 2.3km and couldn’t possibly melt away completely in 20 years at current or projected temps. What a clown! The scary thing is that this prophet of doom is a big shot at NASA. If he loves the Chinese communist system so much, why doesn’t he apply for citizenship and move to Beijing or Hong Kong? They can have him. I wouldn’t miss him.

  12. Politicians of yesterday have evolved into today’s prophets for tomorrow. How can we doubt them without being mocked as creationists or flat-earthers when Science, once the hand-maiden of Mathematics or is that 180 degrees incorrect, now uses X-factor, vote now before the lines close to determine what will happen next?

  13. Peter MacFarlane

    Does he actually know that the ice at the North Pole is all floating?

    It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he didn’t know.

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