By Andrew BoltÂ
Global warming believers told us this year to look at the Arctic – and heed the awesome lesson.
And, boy, were they right.
In fact, Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull especially should check it out, from the North Pole to Canada, which went to the polls last week.
Of course, the reason the religious told us to look north was that they were sure a warming world had reached a deadly “tipping point”.
Last year’s summer melt had been so fierce that climate scientists warned that the warmed seas gave us a 50-50 chance of an ice-free Arctic this summer.
“It’s hard to see how the system may bounce back,” fretted Washington University’s Ignatius Rigor.
Countless headlines around the world blared this latest “proofÂ ” of global warming (which, sshhh, actually halted in 1998). The ABC and Fairfax flew reporter Marian Wilkinson up to file scary reports from an ice-breaker, declaring: “Here you can see climate change happening before your eyes.”
Eco-explorer Lewis Gordon Pugh even announced he’d paddle a kayak all the way to the Pole to draw attention to this terrifying loss of ice.
But, oops. Pugh actually had to quit paddling when he found 1000km more ice in front of him than he’d expected.
Indeed, there was at least 9 per cent more Artic ice this summer than last, and the refreeze so far this autumn is so extraordinary there’s a third more ice than there was this time a year ago.
Canadians have sure felt this cold, too, enduring a miserable summer.
Perhaps it was this growing mismatch between the heat the alarmists predict and the cool we actually feel that explains the mood of Canadians on election day. Or maybe the financial crash made people suddenly leery about grandiose green promise that costs money and jobs.
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