After all the scary stories about the Antarctic melting climate scientists had to admit that the ice was actually growing pretty rapidly. But there is good news: the amount of antarctic ice has decreased and is back to normal. So it’s still not melting rapidly and we don’t need to fear that the ocean levels will rise with a meter in the next 50 years.
“Despite climbing global temperatures” Now they are telling clear lies, for it’s generally known that the temperatures are not rising anymore. They are actually going down. OK, according to the ICPP that’s just temporary (they must have a crystal ball to see what will happen in the future), but at this moment the temperatures are not climbing.
“in direct contrast to the Arctic ice sheet, which gets smaller each year.” Well, no. It has had summers that it was very small, which were followed by summers that it was actually really big. It’s hard to keep lies straight, but it sounds like in this case they don’t even try.
“Scientists say this is due to a vortex of winds around the South Pole” Nice story, but it doesn’t mean anything in the bigger picture. I don’t know much about wind, but I do know that nobody has any idea why wind is blowing the way it does. So if these vortexes really exist, why do they happen? And are they really new? It’s nice to build whole theories on an observation, but they can very easily turn into wild interpretations that aren’t based on anything.
“in the Arctic, where the declining trend towards a new normal is continuing.” Can they give me a definition of the words trend and normal? The trend about the North Pole is that it grows and melts all the time, with periods of faster melting and periods of high speed growth. And that seems to be perfectly normal to me. Without definitions of such words the statements are suggestive, but meaningless.
“Scientists think this year’s strong El Niño could also have had an effect on the extent of Antarctic sea ice.” That makes sense, but the problem with El Nino is that nobody has the slightest idea where this phenomenon originates. Why does it happen and why does it happen at unpredictable times? And why is there also an La Nina? Why are there more El Nino’s than La Nina’s? Nobody can answer these questions, so climate scientists should stay far away from mentioning these phenomena.
So what’s left with this whole story? Well, nothing. I would want to call it a lot of hot air, but I suppose it’s just a lot of cold air. Both the Arctic and Antarctic grow and melt and that’s nothing new and nothing special. It’s normal. So I can actually agree a little bit with the conclusions of the scientists: the ice is at normal levels now, because it always is. But somehow I don’t think that’s what they mean.