Antarctic Sea Ice Shows Miraculous Recovery; Study: CO2 Uptake By Plants Increasing; Klyuchevskoy Released A Huge Volume Of Ash; + Big Sunspot Alert

Antarctic Sea Ice Shows Miraculous Recovery

Alarmist media outlets painted recent Antarctic sea ice readings as an unmitigated disaster and, in turn, the placard-brandishing, paint-tossing lost sheep among us ramped-up their disruptive efforts…

But Antarctic sea ice is known for its volatility, with extent varying wildly season to season.

And true to form, after months of low extent, fortunes are once again flipping across Antarctica, with sea ice extent/area shown to be catching up, and even surpassing, that of recent years:


Temperature has little to do with sea ice fluctuation.

Antarctica has been exceptionally cold in recent years, routinely breaking seasonal/monthly low temperature records — including the ‘coreless winter’ of 2021 (April-Sept) which was the South Pole’s coldest ever.

And this has been the theme for decades.

According to a recent study, West Antarctica’s mean annual surface temperatures cooled by more than -1.8C from 1999-2018. The cooling was most prominent during spring, with the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) cooling at a rate of -1.84C per decade.

As per the research, the majority of the Antarctic continent has cooled by more than 1C during the past two decades. 

Iipso facto, the 90% of Earth’s total ice volume and the 70% of the planet’s freshwater that is locked-up in the Antarctic sheet remains just that, locked-up/frozen, it isn’t going anywhere.

The continent’s sea ice is free to wildly fluctuate, but the fact remains that sea ice doesn’t contribute to sea level rise (at least not at levels worth concerning ourselves with — it’s already in the ocean). Land-based ice (ice sheets), on the other hand, can raise sea levels. However, with the vast majority of Earth’s ice/freshwater housed at Antarctica, combined with the fact that the continent is cooling, all fears of sea level rise can be put to bed.

Since the start of satellite observations (in 1979), total Antarctic sea ice has increased by about 1% per decade.

Likewise, ice gains on the Greenland ice sheet should also help calm the anxiety-riddled alarmists.

This season (2023-24) is is yet another riding comfortably above the 1981-2012 average (akin to the past 5 out 7 years).

The DMI website is currently down so I can’t embed the latest figures, so a link to last month’s record gains will have to suffice. But note, as of Nov 20 (the latest readings), accumulated SMB is riding comfortably above the 1982-2012 average.

Antarctica sea ice was always predicted to recover, and now it is.

Crisis averted.


Study: CO2 Uptake By Plants Increasing, Vegetation Also Up

According to a new study, by the end of the century plants will have absorbed 20% more carbon dioxide than originally predicted, which even some mainstream outlets admit: “climate models are overestimating how fast the planet will warm”.

Trinity College Dublin said that its research, published in the journal Science Advances, painted an “uncharacteristically upbeat picture for the planet” after finding climate models had failed to take into account all the elements of photosynthesis.

Mainstream science had decreed that ‘climate change’ would likely weaken the process, but the new research reveals plants will continue efficiently absorbing carbon dioxide, producing extra nutrients, and so continuing to thrive.

The researchers exposed a gap in the ‘global boiling’ logic, finding that the amount of carbon converted during photosynthesis could be up to 68% greater by the end of the century compared to the start of the century, on a global scale, which is 20% more than current models had determined.

More vegetation brings down land temperatures. That’s a given. And although modelers had made attempts to include estimates for this ‘carbon sink’, the researchers found that most models are not complex enough to understand the true resilience of plants.

But this paper achieved mainstream publications, meaning it had to toe the AGW Party li(n)e somewhere…

Silvia Caldararu, assistant professor at Trinity’s School of Natural Sciences, said: “What our study shows is that ecosystems could take up more CO2 out of the atmosphere than previously thought, which would mean lower CO2 concentrations, so a less steep rise in temperature … So yes, that would give us a bit more time to reach net zero. But it is important to note that we predict a lot of this drawdown will happen towards the end of the century, while we need to cut emissions now, or possibly yesterday.”

Klyuchevskoy Released A Huge Volume Of Ash

Mother Earth is more than capable of regulating herself; no human intervention required.

Klyuchevskoy, an active stratovolcano in Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, has been continually erupting since mid-June.

However, on November 1, a huge explosion fired volcanic ash some 40,000 feet (12 km) into the atmosphere, according to NASA’s Earth Observatory, creating a could measuring 1,000-miles-long (1,600 km).


Smoke and ash ejected into the stratosphere (and higher) result in planetary cooling as they block incoming sunlight.

The larger the particulate injection, the greater the cooling.

According to a recently published study, led by Scotland’s University of St Andrews, historical high latitude volcanic eruptions caused dramatic global cooling.

The paper, entitled “High sensitivity of summer temperatures to stratospheric sulfur loading from volcanoes in the Northern Hemisphere” was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on November 6.

The results, correlated with tree-ring data, reveal that the largest historical cooling periods were due to volcanic eruptions at high latitudes. They also show that the amount of sulfate injected into the stratosphere by these eruption events may have been around half that previously estimated, suggesting that temperatures may be more sensitive to high latitude volcanic eruptions than previously thought.

For more:

Big Sunspot Alert

A region of intensity (i.e. concern) has just turned around the sun’s western flank.

One sunspot in particular is so big it takes three numbers to label it.

Sunspot AR3490-91-92 measures 200,000 km wide, has a dozen dark cores, and is crackling with M-class solar flares.

The active region is turning toward Earth and will pose a threat for Earth-directed flares by mid-week.

Sunspot complex AR3490-91-92 poses a growing threat for solar flares. [SDO/HMI]

Stay tuned for updates.

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