“We’ve got to ride this global warming issue.
Even if the theory of global warming is wrong,
we will be doing the right thing in terms of
economic and environmental policy.”
– Timothy Wirth,
President of the UN Foundation
The U.N. Development Program released a movie called Himalayan Meltdown and they can’t stop touting the fact that it recently won the top prize in the Worldfest International Film Festival. In a press release, they expressed joy at the news because it is so timely with the Rio 20 Summit coming up.
Unfortunately, it’s even less accurate than An Inconvenient Lie Truth. The Himalayan Mountain glaciers are barely receding and some are growing.
The journal, Nature, published a study in February that reports alpine glaciers in the Himalayan Mountains have lost very little ice mass during the past decade. In April, Nature Geoscience, reported that glaciers in the Karakorum Range of the Himalayan Mountains, which contain approximately half the snow and ice mass of Himalayan Mountain glaciers, are growing.
From Nature Geoscience –
Our measurements confirm an anomalous mass balance in the Karakoram region and indicate that the contribution of Karakoram glaciers to sea-level rise was −0.01 mm yr−1 for the period from 1999 to 2008, 0.05 mm yr−1 lower than suggested before.
I am not saying the earth isn’t warming, but what I am saying is that these U.N. climategaters cannot be trusted. They do NOT have our best interests at heart. This wonderful documentary they produced mentions nothing of the studies that show there might be more to the story. It is one-sided because they want the U.S. to give up resources and financial wealth – they seek our demise. They are Marxists and/or extremists.
Furthermore, we don’t know who or what is causing the warming, we don’t know if this is a natural historical event, and we don’t know if we can do a thing about it.
Read a summary of the Nature report for yourself (the words in bold type are my doing) –
Controversy about the current state and future evolution of Himalayan glaciers has been stirred up by erroneous statements in the fourth report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Variable retreat rates and a paucity of glacial mass-balance data make it difficult to develop a coherent picture of regional climate-change impacts in the region.
Here, we report remotely-sensed frontal changes and surface velocities from glaciers in the greater Himalaya between 2000 and 2008 that provide evidence for strong spatial variations in glacier behaviour which are linked to topography and climate.
More than 65% of the monsoon-influenced glaciers that we observed are retreating, but heavily debris-covered glaciers with stagnant low-gradient terminus regions typically have stable fronts. Debris-covered glaciers are common in the rugged central Himalaya, but they are almost absent in subdued landscapes on the Tibetan Plateau, where retreat rates are higher.
In contrast, more than 50% of observed glaciers in the westerlies-influenced Karakoram region in the northwestern Himalaya are advancing or stable. Our study shows that there is no uniform response of Himalayan glaciers to climate change and highlights the importance of debris cover for understanding glacier retreat, an effect that has so far been neglected in predictions of future water availability or global sea level.