“Northern polar sea ice has been retreating dramatically. These new projections suggest an almost-vanished summer ice cap much earlier than foreseen by a US government agency just eight months ago.”
Den ena rapporten som handlade om Grönlands istäcke är utgiven av Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program, en expertgrupp som består av åtta arktiska länders regeringar, däribland USA. Den andra rapporten, beställd av Al Gore och Norges regering, är sammanställd av Norsk Polarinstitutt och handlar om isförhållandena runt om i världen. Dessvärre hittar jag ingen länk till den sistnämnda publikationen.
Uppdatering: Times avslöjar att Al Gore skruvat data för att få isavsmältningen att framstå som mer akut.
In his speech, Mr Gore told the conference: “These figures are fresh. Some of the models suggest to Dr [Wieslav] Maslowski that there is a 75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years.”
However, the climatologist whose work Mr Gore was relying upon dropped the former Vice-President in the water with an icy blast. “It’s unclear to me how this figure was arrived at,” Dr Maslowski said. “I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this.”
Mr Gore’s office later admitted that the 75 per cent figure was one used by Dr Maslowksi as a “ballpark figure” several years ago in a conversation with Mr Gore.