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Even more adventures in bad science

In a continuing effort to explain why some glaciers are growing, a new study was created by Newcastle University and collaborated by the BBC News.

Researchers at Newcastle University looked at temperature trends in the western Himalaya over the past century.

They found warmer winters and cooler summers, combined with more snow and rainfall, could be causing some mountain glaciers to increase in size.

The findings are significant, because temperature and rain and snow trends in the area impact on water availability for more than 50 million Pakistanis.

Researchers focussed on the Upper Indus Basin, which is the mainstay of the national economy of Pakistan and has 170,000 sq km of irrigated land – an area two-thirds the size of the UK.

Dr Hayley Fowler, senior research associate at the university’s school of civil engineering and geosciences, said: “Very little research of this kind has been carried out in this region and yet the findings from our work have implications for the water supplies of around 50 million people in Pakistan.”

I don’t dispute that the world is in the middle of a climate change, but don’t tell me that warmer temperatures are making glaciers. Yes, they might make them spread out further, but it is not going to increase the overall size of the actual glacier.

I can see a trend, but it has nothing to do with weather. This trend is a growing need to make evidence agree with a predetermined theory. The Earth’s environment is varied and dynamic. While most of the Earth is warming, there are a few places that are actually cooling. Even with today’s technology, it is next to impossible to predict everything in nature. Let’s refrain from reinterpretting observations to make them fit the theory.

2 comments to Even more adventures in bad science

  • Jimmy

    I don’t get your issue at all, the BBC article clearly states “warmer winters and cooler summers”, not just “warmer winters” as you the incorrectly state in your blog.

  • Morgan

    True. I failed to mention the cooler summers, but not much ice grows in the summers even the cooler ones.