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Why is it we never hear about these glaciers?

http://www.ihatethemedia.com/12-more-glaciers-that-havent-heard-the-news-about-global-warming

The glaciers are melting! The glaciers are melting! The glaciers are…uhhhhh…never mind.

Turns out the IPCC’s chicken little story that all the Himalayan glaciers are melting is just another exaggeration. Or fraud. Take your choice. You know, like the stats coming out of East Anglia CRU. And its claim that Antarctica is melting. And that Greenland’s ice cap is melting. And that sea levels are rising. And that the polar bears are dying. Fact is, some glaciers are retreating, but many others around the world are growing.

“But how is that possible? How can glaciers be growing when the world is warming up like a package of Jiffy-Pop in a microwave?”

Here are a dozen glaciers (or groups of glaciers) around the world that are growing almost as quickly as global warming skepticism.

1. Himalayan glaciers are growing, not shrinking

Things are not as they seemed to be in the IPCC report. Not only are the Himalayan glaciers not shrinking, they’re growing. Discovery reports:

Perched on the soaring Karakoram mountains in the Western Himalayas, a group of some 230 glaciers are bucking the global warming trend. They’re growing. Throughout much of the Tibetan Plateau, high-altitude glaciers are dwindling in the face of rising temperatures. The situation is potentially dire for the hundreds of millions of people living in China, India and throughout southeast Asia who depend on the glaciers for their water supply.

But in the rugged western corner of the plateau, the story is different, according to a new study. Among legendary peaks of Mt. Everest like K2 and Nanga Parbat, glaciers with a penthouse view of the world are growing, and have been for almost three decades.

“These are the biggest mid-latitude glaciers in the world,” John Shroder of the University of Nebraska-Omaha said. “And all of them are either holding still, or advancing.”

Source: Discovery

2. Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier. Growing. A lot.

Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier is advancing moving toward Gilbert Point near Yakutat at an average of seven feet per day.

The Army Corp of Engineers’ Hubbard Glacier website for has some great photos of the advancing behemoth.

Source: CDApress.com

3. Norwegian glaciers. Growing again.

IceAgeNow.com reports on the growth of Norwegian glaciers:

“After years of decline, glaciers in Norway are again growing, reports the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate. The actual magnitude of the growth, which appears to have begun over the last two years, has not yet been quantified, says NVE Senior Engineer Hallgeir Elvehøy.”The developments were originally reported by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK).

Source: IceAgeNow.com

4. Glaciers growing on Canada’s tallest mountain

Canada.com tells the tale of glaciers growing on Canada’s tallest mountain:

“Canada’s tallest mountain, the Yukon’s towering Mount Logan, may have experienced a growth spurt.

“The University of Alaska aerial survey, conducted last summer with a laser altimeter by Fairbanks-based geoscientist Sandy Zirnheld, pegged Canada’s geographic zenith at 5,966 metres. That’s seven metres (23 feet) higher than the official height of 5,959 metres, determined in 1992 after a celebrated climb to the top by a team of Canadian researchers led by Mike Schmidt of the Geological Survey of Canada.

“Snow and ice accumulation is the most likely explanation,” Chris Larsen, the scientist leading the University of Alaska’s research on the continent’s northwest mountain ranges, said.”

Source: Canada.com

5. North to Alaska and more growing glaciers

Alaska’s glaciers have been in retreat for nearly 200 years. But now they’re advancing again.

MichNews.com reports the cold, hard facts:

“Unusually large amounts of Alaskan snow last winter were followed by unusually chilly temperatures there this summer. “In general, the weather this summer was the worst I have seen in at least 20 years,” says Bruce Molnia of the U.S. Geological Survey, and author of The Glaciers of Alaska. “It’s been a long time on most glaciers where they’ve actually had positive mass balance (added thickness).”

“Overall, Molnia figures Alaska had lost 10–12,000 square kilometers of ice since 1800, the depths of the Little Ice Age. That’s enough ice to cover the state of Connecticut. Climate alarmists claim all the glaciers might disappear soon, but they haven’t looked at the long-term evidence of the 1,500-year Dansgaard-Oeschger climate cycles. During the Little Ice Age—1400 to 1850—Muir Glacier filled the whole of Glacier Bay. Since then, the glacier has retreated 57 miles.

Source: MichNews.com

6. Glaciers are growing in California. California?

You might be surprised to learn that the Golden State has glaciers. And the Associated Press says they’re growing:

“Global warming is shrinking glaciers all over the world, but the seven tongues of ice creeping down Mount Shasta’s flanks are a rare exception: They are the only known glaciers in the continental U.S. that are growing.”

Source: FoxNews.com

7. A glacier is growing on Washington’s Mt. St. Helens.

Mount Saint Helens has glaciers? But it’s an active volcano. But, but, but…

KATU-TV reports the details:

“On May 18, 1980, the once bucolic ice-cream cone shape that defined Mount St. Helens in Washington state disappeared in monstrous blast of ash, rock, gas, and heat.

“Inside the volcano, which was once a soft dome of snow but is now a gaping, steaming menace with an unpredictable streak, an unexpected phenomenon is taking place: a glacier is growing.

“In these days of global warming concerns and scientists showing alarming then-and-now images of glaciers disappearing from mountainsides, it may be the only growing glacier in America – or maybe the world.

Source: KATU.com

8. Glaciers are growing in France and Switzerland, too

Another continent has reported in. According to an article in the Journal of Geophysical Research, glaciers are growing in France and Switzerland, too:

The research was conducted by six scientists from leading agencies and departments in France and Switzerland that deal with hydrology and glaciology. The research was funded by Observatoire des Sciences de l’Univers de Grenoble (OSUG), the European Programs ALPCLIM and CARBOSOL, and by the city of Chamonix Mont-Blanc.Vincent et al. collected a variety of datasets that could help them understand how the high-elevation glaciers of Mont Blanc were impacted by variations and trends in climate. Among other findings, they found that the mass balance of the glaciers is strongly controlled by precipitation, not temperature.

Vincent et al. state “The most striking features of these figures are the small thickness changes observed over the 20th century. For both areas, thickness variations do not exceed ±15 m. The average changes are +2.6 m at Dôme du Goûter (please note that this glacier is growing) and -0.3 m (-12 inches) at Mont Blanc.

“Considering the uncertainty interval, i.e., ±5 m, it can be concluded that no significant thickness change is detectable over most of these areas”. “All these results suggest that the SMBDôme du Goûter and Mont Blanc did not experience any significant changes over the 20th century.”

Source: World Climate Report

9. New Zealand’s largest glaciers are growing

Growing may not be a strong enough word. They’re surging. IceAgeNow.com reports the story:

Guides say the Franz Josef and the Fox glaciers continued advancing down their valleys in the past year and may soon be close to positions reached 40 years ago.

That (supposedly) contrasts sharply with the plight of many glaciers elsewhere on the planet, which are (supposedly) shrinking three times faster than they were in the 1980s, according to the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS).

Franz Josef Glacier Guides base manager Tom Arnold estimated the Franz Josef and the Fox had advanced hundreds of meters in the past year.

Source: IceAgeNow.com

10. Russia’s glaciers are growing, too

The Russians don’t believe the IPCC forecasts, but they do believe their own eyes.

In 2002, a 22-million ton piece of ice broke off the gigantic Maili Glacier and crashed down a steep gorge into the village of Kami. It killed more than 150 people and injured hundreds more.The 500-foot wall of ice had been growing for six years. The Maili Glacier is just one of several glaciers in the North Caucasus Mountains that have been expanding at an alarming rate.

Other towns in the region have been partially buried by these advancing walls of ice. One local scientist in southern Russia said, “We may be seeing the beginning of a new great ice age!!!”

Source: IceAgeNow.com

11. Argentina’s Perito Moreno glacier is, you guessed it, growing

Is there a continent where glaciers aren’t growing? If so, South America isn’t one of them. Consider Argentina’s Perito Moreno glacier:

Nourished by Andean snowmelt, the glacier constantly grows even as it spawns icebergs the size of apartment buildings into a frigid lake, maintaining a nearly perfect equilibrium since measurements began more than a century ago.

“We’re not sure why this happens,” said Andres Rivera, a glacialist with the Center for Scientific Studies in Valdivia, Chile. “But not all glaciers respond equally to climate change.”

Source: IceAgeNow.com

12. Iceland’s Breidamerkurjokull glacier. Yup, it’s growing, too.

The Daily Mail UK ran a story on July 31, 2009 about the horrors of global warming. It was accompanied, for some inexplicable reason, by contradictory photos that showed the remarkable growth of Iceland’s Breidamerkurjokull glacier.

Their headline screamed, “How global warming is changing the face of the northern hemisphere.” The photos and caption told a story that was, you’ll pardon the expression, the polar opposite of what the article described.

Source: Daily Mail UK

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G20: Lest we forget – by Don Davies

One of the hallmarks of a democratic state is its commitment to free, and public, political expression.

Indeed, no society can call itself truly democratic if it does not guarantee to its citizens the inalienable rights to gather, communicate their opinions, and demonstrate their support for or against any political position they wish.

If these assertions are true — and they can hardly be questioned — Canada’s behaviour during the G20 Summit held this summer in Toronto casts serious doubt on the current state of democracy in this country.

Consider these facts:

• June 26 to 28, 2010 saw the largest mass arrests in Canada’s history.

• Without warning or cause, innocent bystanders and peaceful protesters were encircled by police and imprisoned in cages.

• Sleeping students were awakened at gunpoint, kicked in the ribs and paraded before the media in handcuffs as they were marched off to jail cells.

• Police illegally searched people and seized their property at will. Cell phones were taken and police openly scrolled through people’s phone records and read their emails right on the street.

• Citizens were deprived of their right to counsel, and to be advised of the charges against them.

• People in detention were subjected to base humiliations, including being forced to toilet themselves in front of mixed genders, deprived of tissue, medicine, shoes and eyeglasses.

• Racist, sexist and violent taunts and threats were spewed by guards at those detained.

• Draconian and unnecessary bail conditions and violations of Canadians’ mobility rights, including restrictions on even entering the province of Ontario, were imposed on almost every arrested person.

• Months later, when the State was compelled to establish the grounds upon which it acted, charges were withdrawn against almost every one of the 1,100 people it arrested.

• In the end, several thousand people were wholly deprived of their right to express their political beliefs while world leaders gathered in Toronto.

Just as disturbing, our own Canadian government has shown a complete lack of interest in the brazen and pervasive violations of the Constitutional and democratic rights of our citizens.

In fact, the Harper Conservatives have been openly contemptuous of every attempt to shed light on these flagrant breaches. They have refused to acknowledge that abuses occurred, tried to frustrate efforts to get at the truth, and engaged in a shameful attempt to blame our citizens for the excesses of the police.

As the New Democrat Critic for Public Safety, I have spearheaded efforts to determine who was responsible for these outrageous actions, and hold them accountable.

Through motions filed in July and September, and over the negative votes of the government members, we secured five days of hearings before the Public Safety Committee.

The first three days of hearings are now completed — and the results thus far have been as stunning as they are disturbing.

Some highlights:

• Public Safety Minister Vic Toews gave a full 10 minute statement on his view of the G20 security delivery — and managed not to utter a single word about civil liberties or rights violations. Time and time again, he rebuffed every suggestion that breaches even occurred.

• Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair admitted that 90 — yes, 90 — police officers were found to have covered up their name and badge numbers while carrying out their duties in flagrant violation of TPS rules and the Chief’s own instructions. Questions regarding why his officers failed to get a proper warrant before bursting into the U of T gym, why they pulled guns on sleeping students and who ordered the dawn raid remain unanswered.

• No-one — not Minister Toews, National Security Advisor Marie-Lucie Morin, PCO Special Advisor Ward Elcock, ISU Chief Alphonse MacNeil, OPP Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Chief Blair, no-one — would take any responsibility whatsoever for the thousands of violations of civil liberties that occurred over the course of the G20 Summit, or explain who made the decisions that led to them.

• Young female students testified that they were called “fucking little princesses from the middle class”, “fucking foreigners”, “fucking Frenchies”, detained for 60 hours, deprived of feminine hygiene products and left without food, water and medicine.

• In a striking (albeit oblivious) display of present-day McCarthyism, Conservative Committee member Brent Rathgeber actually asked a witness, “Are you a member of the Anti-Capitalist Coalition?” (I kid you not. Many of us held our breath in anticipation of the next words “Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist party…”. Inexplicably, but thankfully, they never came).

• Perhaps most alarming of all has been the clear rejection by our current Canadian government of the notion that it is their responsibility as elected representatives to hold the police accountable for their violations of our Constitutional and democratic rights.

Every government witness thus far, elected and otherwise, asserted that the police actions taken during the G20 were the result of “operational decisions” of the police that were “not the government’s business.” Allegations of civil rights abuses and complaints of police misconduct were, in their view, to be taken up purely with bodies charged with investigating police complaints.

In other words, it is no-one’s job to supervise the police and ensure they act in conformity with our Charter and Constitutional rights. According to them, we have no choice but to let the cops run amuck, watch our rights be trampled, and then let some ill-defined, poorly resourced and under-powered police complaint commissioner uphold our most cherished democratic entitlements.

This is nonsense.

What clearly happened this summer was one of the worst civil rights abuses our country has seen in decades. Our elected officials should be outraged and calling every single responsible police official to account immediately for their outrageous and flagrant abuses.

[Unless, of course, our elected officials were complicit in these abuses. In that case, even more serious sanctions are warranted].

After all, our Constitutional rights are not privileges. We do not have to justify our exercise of them to anyone, least of all the State. We have a right to expect that the police forces in this country are subservient to the Constitution and the political representatives we elect to uphold our democratic rights.

This is what distinguishes a democratic nation from a police state.

 

Of course, there are some conditions on the exercise of these rights.

Citizens must commit to keep the peace and behave lawfully. They must be held accountable for their actions and words. If they defame someone, utter hateful statements directed at identifiable groups or incite a riot, they can and must be held responsible.

But provided these obligations are met, people in a democracy must be absolutely free to assemble, speak, march and placard to their heart’s content.

 

As I write this, it is November 10 — the day before Remembrance Day.

On that day, we recall the many millions of people, and hundreds of thousands of Canadians, who gave their lives so we could live in a nation with democratic rights, free to express ourselves and be governed by the rule of law, and not of force.

As we continue our hearings into the G20 abuses, all members of Parliament would do well to remember such basic ideals.

Lest We Forget.

Don Davies is the MP for Vancouver Kingsway, New Democrat Public Safety Critic, and vice-chair, House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security.