In the Arctic: warmer compared to what?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
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A prominent climate-change skeptic says the Arctic is warmer, but it's nothing to be concerned about.

The comments from Marc Morano of Climate Depot come after a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It said, among other things, that the Arctic is becoming a warmer, greener place.

Morano, Marc (Climate Depot)"First of all, NASA said a super storm did it back in August and other factors are at play. What's interesting about the Arctic is that satellite monitoring went up in 1979. That was the end of a 40-year cooling period," he explains. "So they got the Arctic at probably a 40-year Arctic ice high. And then of course we had warming for almost two decades after 1980."

Because of that warming period following the high point of the ice, Morano says people have now extrapolated all sorts of things.

"So, is the Arctic warmer? Yes. It's certainly warmer than in the 1970s when we were talking about a global cooling scare," Morano tells OneNewsNow.

"If you go back far enough, to the 1920s and 30s, which these studies do not do, you will see an Arctic that is very similar, as warm or warmer, to today."

Morano makes that determination based on temperature data in Greenland, eyewitness accounts from people onboard Russian ships that went through the region, and newspaper stories.

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