The day before Thanksgiving, the journal “Science Advances” published a new study of Arctic water temperature that indicates that the warming began decades earlier than was previously thought. The study found that “the expansion of warm Atlantic Ocean water flowing into the Arctic, something called “Atlantification, has caused Arctic water temperature in the region studied to increase by around 2 degrees Celsius since 1900.
So what, you ask? Well, apart from the fact that the findings suggest that the climate change models considered “scientific consensus” and ” settled science” are not so settled after all. [Notice of correction: The earlier version of that sentence carelessly implied that the new study disproved the predominant science. That was not my intent. Thanks to Luke G. for calling me on this.] meaning that if you were skeptical Robert Kennedy, Jr. thinks you should be prosecuted, the new data calls into question many if not all of the climate change models. Francesco Muschitiello, one of the paper’s authors, explained, “This is something that’s a bit unsettling for many reasons, especially because the climate models that we use to cast projections of future climate change do not really simulate these type of changes.”
“A bit unsettling.” That’s embarrassed scientist-ese for “Holy crap! Joe Biden is closing pipe-lines based on theories we’ve been selling that might be completely wrong!” You see, if the study is accurate, it is not so clear what role human activity played in the early Arctic warming, if any. Ergo, the effects of climate change on “Atlantification” is also in doubt.
I’ve been checking. I can find only a handful of news sources that have covered this. KMOV TV in St. Louis, a CBS affiliate; Fox Carolina, the British “Independent,” the tech and science sites Phys.org and Digital Journal, and mirabile dictu, CNN, whose rating’s have crashed so drastically that maybe, just maybe, it has decided to try to practice journalism again, especially since its new owner is hinting of “changes.”
The New York Times? Nada. The Washington Post? Crickets. NPR? Hahahahahaha! ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, even Fox News? Nope. And the story is now four days old.
Oh, about that graphic above, which is from the scholarly paper? I have no idea how to read it (or even which side should be the top), but neither do the journalists and politicians who are telling us that the Biden Administration is right to want to spend billions of dollars, wreck industries, eliminate jobs and make Americans and America poorer, based on complex, still uncertain phenomenon that they don’t understand.