The global warming crowd has been increasingly embarrassed by the fact that while their beloved computer models have been predicting ever higher temperatures, there has been no global warming for the last 18 years. Where could the heat be hiding? The favorite explanation for several years now has been that it is in the deep ocean, below 2,000 meters (1.24 miles), that the heat was being stored.
Well, so much for that theory. NASA announced today that a study has shown no warming in the deep ocean between the years 2005 and 2013. If the computer models can’t even predict the past, why would anyone, without a political agenda at least, pay any attention to what they predict about the future?
Meanwhile, Gail Collins in the Times is reporting a walrus crisis:
Let’s consider the walrus crisis.
They’re piling up in Alaska. About 35,000 walruses have formed what looks to be a humongous brown ball along the northern coast. A mass of critters, some weighing 4,000 pounds, are pressed shoulder to shoulder — or flipper to flipper.
Normally, they’d be sitting on chunks of ice, periodically flopping into the water to hunt for snails and clams. But the ice has melted away, and now they’re stuck on land.
For one thing, it doesn’t look even remotely like a ball, much more like a carpet. More importantly than faulty simile, however, is the fact that this is entirely normal walrus behavior. As John Hinderaker at Power Line points out these haulouts, as they’re called, are common in the post-breeding season and have been observed as far back as 1604, in the depths of the “little ice age.” He quotes Wikipedia: “In the non-reproductive season (late summer and fall) walruses tend to migrate away from the ice and form massive aggregations of tens of thousands of individuals on rocky beaches or outcrops.” He also notes that that sentence was very recently deleted from Wikipedia. One can only wonder why.
As for the absence of ice, 2014, it turns out, it has been a pretty good year for arctic ice.
Also the walrus population has about doubled since the 1950s, hardly a sign of an animal under environmental distress.
So while liberals are declaring imminent walrus catastrophe, my only reaction on seeing the photographs was a profound gratitude I wasn’t downwind of 35,000 walruses.