Antarctic Glaciers Were Retreating In The 19thC

Posted: August 15, 2015 by oldbrew in climate, History
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Yet another inconvenient story to be swept under the ‘official climate science’ carpet.


By Paul Homewood


We are supposed to believe that Antarctic glaciers have only recently started to recede.

Back in 1932, they knew that the process had begun in the 19thC.


Sir James Ross undertook his expeditions to the Antarctic in the 1840’s.

Interestingly, Bernacchi accompanied Scott on the 1901-04 Antarctic expedition. and Scott was best man at his colleague’s wedding in 1906. Bernacchi was invited to go on Scott’s ill fated second expedition, but declined due to family commitments.

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  1. DB says:

    In a 2005 Science paper, Oerlemanns showed average glacier change since 1700 in Figure 2b. It is worth noting that the change from 1950 to 2000 is essentially the same as the prior 50 years from 1900 to 1950 and the same as during the 50 years preceeding that from 1850 to 1900. The decrease was about half that from 1800 to 1850. All things considered, glacier melt has been remarkably steady over the past century and a half.

  2. Mike P says:

    This article ought to be published widely in the mainstream media….but not much chance of that I fear! I think it is probably one of the most convincing arguments against (man-made) climate change that I have read.

  3. oldbrew says:

    The point being that trying to tie these phenomena to modern industrial activity and power generation is a fool’s errand.

  4. Gail Combs says:

    Mike P,

    I found this paper enlightening:

    An ice core removed from the Upper Fremont Glacier in Wyoming provides evidence for abrupt climate change during the mid-1800s….

    At a depth of 152 m the refined age-depth profile shows good agreement (1736±10 A.D.) with the 14C age date (1729±95 A.D.). The δ18O profile of the Upper Fremont Glacier (UFG) ice core indicates a change in climate known as the Little Ice Age (LIA)….

    At this depth, the age-depth profile predicts an age of 1845 A.D. Results indicate the termination of the LIA was abrupt with a major climatic shift to warmer temperatures around 1845 A.D. and continuing to present day. Prediction limits (error bars) calculated for the profile ages are ±10 years (90% confidence level). Thus a conservative estimate for the time taken to complete the LIA climatic shift to present-day climate is about 10 years, suggesting the LIA termination in alpine regions of central North America may have occurred on a relatively short (decadal) timescale.

    That ice core rules out human influence as the cause of the abrupt climate change taking place in the mid 1800s. Especially if“… a conservative estimate for the time taken to complete the LIA climatic shift to present-day climate is about 10 years…”