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The Ice Caps Are Melting! Scare Tactic of the Global Warming Hoax?

Updated on December 10, 2009

Claims of Climate Catastrophies

We've all been subject to the cries of Global Warming alarmists warning us of impending disasters if we don't do something NOW! You read their comments in the paper and hear them on your daily newscasts, "The ice caps are melting! The ice caps are melting!" Hearing plea after plea, I can't help but be reminded of one of my favorite childhood stories. In the classic fable, The Sky is Falling, Chicken Little has a hysterical belief that the sky is indeed falling and disaster is imminent. In a panic, he runs from character to character in the book crying, "The Sky Is Falling!" I have to laugh.

Public awareness is one thing, but creating unprecedented public panic is another. Claims were made from the American Association for the Advancement of Science that the President has just four years to save the planet! (Or what? It will explode?!?) In an interview with The Associated Press, The new science adviser to The President, John Holdren, said that the current state of global warming is so dire he compared it to "being in a car with bad breaks driving toward a cliff in the fog." Why the desire to mislead the public when there is no current scientific evidence proving that human activity is the cause for the climate change? I suppose the theory is that if they can instill a fear of an impending apocalypse amongst people it will be much easier in getting their support in global warming regulation and buying in to such bamboozlement as Obama's cap-and-trade system. Of course, that's purely my opinion.

Global Warming: Fact or Fiction?

With the recent publicity regarding the e-mails that were hacked from the computer system at the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit in the United Kingdom, one would have to wonder if all the hype about global warming is nothing more than a political scam. The e-mails mention the completion of a "trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years" and state deliberate manipulation to "hide the decline." There was also an e-mail suggesting the suppression of this information in the request of deleting corresponding e-mails. So, is it all just a big lie?

Global warming in itself is not a scam. The climate is changing in many places all around the world. What these scientists and a large group of politicians want us to believe is that humans caused these changes and if we caused it, then hopefully through radical measures we can stop it. They want us to believe that the warming the earth has been experiencing is due to human emissions of carbon dioxide; however, there is no scientific evidence to support this claim.

Dangerous Rise in Sea Levels?

One of the biggest scare tactics is that the warming temperatures are causing ice caps, also termed icebergs, to rapidly melt and if we don't do something to reverse this trend, our sea's will rise to catastrophic levels. A major area of concern is the ice in the Arctic Ocean. James O'Brien, an emeritus professor at Florida State University who studies oceans and climate changes doesn't think this is a concern. He says, "When the Arctic Ocean ice melts it never raises sea level because floating ice is floating ice, because it's displacing water." He goes on to say that, "When the ice melts, sea level actually goes down."

Stop for a minute and think back to grade school science. What he is talking about is the Archimedes Principle. The Archimedes Principle states that a body immersed in a fluid is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the displaced fluid (not the weight of the body immersed.) The principle applies to both floating and submerged bodies and to all fluids. What is the body submerged in this situation? It's ice. What is ice? Ice is frozen water. An unusual property of water is that it expands when it freezes. So the solid form (ice) takes up more space than an equal amount of the liquid form (water.) So, in theory, when ice melts it will take up less space than it did displacing the water. Hence, melting ice caps will not raise our sea levels. Another interesting fact to contribute is that ice caps are not 100% frozen water. They actually contain billions of tiny air bubbles and therefore are not solid ice. So their mass is not only made up of expanding water but air as well. If air was trapped in ice, where would the air go if the ice melted? To the bottom of the sea? No, it would be released back in to the air.

You can simply test the Archimedes Principle and get a better understanding of it on your own. Take a large clear glass, bowl or container and fill it about 1/2 of the way with water. Then add ice cubes until the glass is about 3/4 full. Take a piece of clear tape and tape on the outside of the container covering the line of the water(if the ice level is higher than the level of the water, you want to make sure you apply the tape to the outside of the container at the water level.) Now take a black permanent marker and draw a line on the tape exactly where the water line is. Do not move the glass. Leave it sit until the ice melts. You will notice that once the ice melts the water level in the glass will be below the original level where you drew the line, proving that ice takes up less space when it is in it's liquid form, water.

So there is no need to panic regarding the melting of the ice caps. There would be some concern for potentially dangerous sea levels if the massive continental ice sheets (the only remaining are in Greenland and Antarctic) were to break loose and fall in to the ocean and melt. Research, that hasn't been manipulated, and historical data are showing that scenario is not likely. The climate data throughout history shows a natural process of the earth cooling and warming. It actually shows that this warming period that we are being spooked with actually ended over 10 years ago, yet global warming alarmists aren't telling us that. The last two years global temperatures have actually dropped by more than 0.5 degrees Celsius. This data causes scientists (independent from political influence) to believe that the earth is just going through a normal cycle of warming and cooling. Recent statistics show that the earth just entered a cooling period. Given this information citizens and politicians as well need to give serious consideration to exerting any radical measures. Doing so could actually cause irreversible damage to our planet.

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    • Larry Fields profile image

      Larry Fields 

      7 years ago from Northern California

      Well done, Anglfire. Voted up. Last year, I stumbled upon a short article at WUWT on the subject of sea level rise. Steve Goddard makes his point very effectively with a simple animation.

      If Sea Level Was Rising, Wouldn’t Someone Have Noticed?

      Posted on May 1, 2010 by Anthony Watts

      By Steve Goddard

      Here's the url for the article.

      Larry's comment. Look at the second picture, which is an animation showing a recent photo of a cove in La Jolla, California. After a few seconds, it shows a second photo of the same cove 130 years earlier. The animation keeps switching back and forth. The sea levels after 130 years of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming appear to be the same.

      Oh no! We're all gonna die! Where did I put the bloody Kool Aid?

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      7 years ago

      Why aren't the ice caps melting from the outside-in? If the air temperature was causing them to melt, then wouldn't they just shrink over time and slowly bleed water into the ocean?

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      7 years ago

      The relationship between rising sea levels and climate change is often confused. As the land and lower atmosphere of the world warm, heat is naturally transferred into the oceans. We all know that when materials are heated they expand (thermal expansion), so the heat that is transferred causes the sea water to expand, which in turn results in a rise in sea level. Water from land-based ice glaciers and ice sheets may enter the ocean, adding to the rise. As you point out, it is a fact that no extra water is added to the oceans when ice floating in the ocean melts. As floating ice melts, it only replaces the volume of water that it originally displaced. People tend to underestimate the effect of rising sea levels. Weighted average projections estimate that by 2100, sea levels will have risen by about 50cm. In Australia that translates to a loss of coastline in the vicinity of 50 meters, which is actually a big deal. If you live in the Maldives you’re screwed.

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      American Tiger 

      8 years ago

      Angel Fire, that is. Sorry hun. I'm campaigning for Sharon Angle, and my fingers get into a groove.

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      American Tiger 

      8 years ago

      Oh. My Gawd.

      Mr. Happy? You've been shaking your own hand a bit much, it would seem. Water is one of those odd elements that becomes less dense as it solidifies. Almost exactly 10% less dense, in fact. Which is why you always see 10% of any kind of ice above water. Cubes in a glass of water or Bergs in the polar oceans.

      That you seem to believe Icebergs float in a 50/50 in-and-out configuration speaks poorly of the Canadian public education system. However, based on the money you seem to have spent on traffic lawyers, it's also possible you went to a private school which graduated your father's checkbook. Either way, your grasp of physics is lacking, at best.

      Eco? Global Warming is based on "Scientific" fiction. It would be difficult for the Dire Prognosticators to bleed billions of dollars (nearing the Trillions mark) from Western Society tax payers if they didn't have something Dire to Prognosticate. Follow the money. Or do you believe Y2K was barely averted by the fast actions of all those programmers?

      Climate Change is a religion whose devoted believers tithe hugely, and whose High Priests wear lab-coats & pony tails.

      Angle? YOU are a gem, dear lady. Your son is in Excellent hands.

      Hub On.

    • Eco-Boyz profile image


      8 years ago

      Very well written hub!! Although I would do some research guys before you make claims like hoax.

      Climatechange is not a believe or don't believe issue like a reglion...

      Its based in scientic fact which i suggest you start looking at rather than just giving an opinion...

      This is not a joke

    • salt profile image


      8 years ago from australia

      Nice writing. I work on creating rain clouds and imagine the polar icecaps are there, solid and stable.

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      8 years ago from Western Colorado, USA

      One thing these alarmists don't consider is the fact that the sun has the most profound influence on global temperatures. When sunspot activity is low, the earth cools because there are fewer solar flares blasting us with radiation. When the sunspot activity increases, so do the solar flares, and we get bombarded. Our atmosphere heats up, and so does the surface. Climate change is more about David de Rothschild ruling the world than anything else.

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      Mr. Happy 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "When the Arctic Ocean ice melts it never raises sea level because floating ice is floating ice, because it's displacing water." He goes on to say that, "When the ice melts, sea level actually goes down."

      Stop for a minute and think back to grade school science. What he is talking about is the Archimedes Principle. The Archimedes Principle states that a body immersed in a fluid is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the displaced fluid (not the weight of the body immersed.) The principle applies to both floating and submerged bodies and to all fluids. What is the body submerged in this situation? It's ice. What is ice? Ice is frozen water."

      This whole argument you have in your blog is faulty. Not faulty as in the argument you present (that if ice cubes were in a glass of water and they were allowed to melt, the water level in the glass would remain the same) but faulty in the sense that, the argument you present cannot be compared to melting glaciers. Ice cubes when placed in a glass of water remain under-water or just barely surfacing the top of the water in the glass.

      When you see a glacier you only see what is above (unless you swim under-water). They seem like floating mountains? Well, they go just as much down into the water as they come out of the water so sure the part of the glacier that is under water by melting will not increase the overall level of the water they are in but when the "top part" (the part above the surface of the water) melts - that creates "extra" water. So ice cubes and glaciers, when floating/melting in water are not the same thing ... not in any creative way of imagining it.

    • Ghost Whisper 77 profile image

      The IGNITER vs Corrupted Governments 

      8 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Gosh, you are not gorgeous but also brilliant. I love this Hub. I hadn't thought about the Archimedes Principle in relation to rising sea levels but it makes perfect sense. I grew up on Lake Michigan and since it was carved out by a huge glacier, I would say the weather on the Earth is going to change whether we like it or not. Probably has something to do with that big ball of fire in the sky. :)

    • Dragon308 profile image


      9 years ago

      I must ask one thing.... Why during the last ice age where the sea levels much lower then present??? So much lower that some think that is how some came to North America. Pointing to Archimedes Principle is one thing but the ice is not just bubbles but layers for snow that has being pressurize buy the wieght of all the snow over the years....

    • anglfire693 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      I couldn't agree with you more wearing well, on all accounts!

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      Deborah Waring 

      9 years ago from Lancashire U.K.

      Loved your views on the Archimedes Principle.Personally I am more concerned about what effect pollution has on our health i.e especially for all those asthma sufferers.

      I am more inclined to believe in the natural evolution of the planet earth and our civilisation is only now just in the early stages of monitoring global natural changes.

      What happened back in the prehistoric ages could happen again,so lets make the most of our time here and not worry about tomorrow but just continue to make improvements in all areas as we progress on our journey through life!

    • anglfire693 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Hey Don,

      I've never been one to listen to anything really. I've always had a stubborn streak in me like that. Yes, scientists are saying that we are approaching an ice age, actually that is a hub that is on my "to do" list, but since I am new to this, I am trying to write a variety right off the bat to see which subjects will do better for me! Just wanted to say I don't know if my internet, the site or my computer messed up, but I wasn't able to post anything when I fanned you...oops...I am just now realizing we are now calling ourselves 'followers.' Hmmmmm, I've never been one of :)

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      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Yes, I also read that the earth's temperature is decreasing, as many scientists believe that we are actually approaching a second Ice Age. There's proof that within the last 50 years, the earth's temperature has been decreasing. Since you are from Detroit, I gather that it's been getting colder there as well--I live in Connecticut and the weather report for tomorrow (for example) is going to be 1 degree which is unheard of for this time of year here.

      I really enjoyed your article and am happy to see that I'm not the only one that refuses to listen to everything the mass media throws at me. Thanks.


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      9 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

      Good piece Angelfire. I too am fed up with the 'humans are causing global warming' hysteria. If indeed the earth warms to a point that most of the ice of the poles melts then so be it-we can do virtually nothing to stop these natural cycles.

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      9 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Thank you! I don't know why some people are so stubborn! I felt the need to write the article after a discussion I had with some friends. It seems everyone just wants to believe what they hear from the media, trickled down from politicians and alarmists, without checking in to anything on their own! As you said, if you just take a brief look at the information the climate and geographical data throughout history, it is pretty easy to understand. There has been no scientific evidence provided to show that humans and their carbon emissions have created the change in climate, yet well documented proof is there regarding the natural cycles of the earth, and still people believe the hype! More people need to start checking the facts because if people continue to buy into this governmental scare tactic and laws such as the waxman-markey bill pass, as so called "solutions" is going to have an incredibly negative effect on the economy of this country. Im not saying throw your garbage in the street...I'm not saying pump gas into the rivers and lakes...I'm not even saying you should leave every darn light on in the house or not recycle your cardboard and plastic...I'm just saying that the human release of co2 is not killing our planet like "they" want us to believe!

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      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Nice hub Angelfire (bumps up!). You are exactly right.

      Regarding the criticisms above: Ice caps melt. Glaciers melt. In between our Ice ages, the entire arctic Ice cap melts. Some people choose to believe it is this thing they call global warming, others prefer to call it the Earth's natural cycle.

      The US midwest was once a giant sea (where the grand canyon is now). The arabian desert was once a lush rainforest (as well as Antarctica). The climate changes, a fact that's pretty easy to understand.

      And regarding the sea level, after the polar ice cap melts, and after it refreezes yet again, the next ice age will occur. It will likely create "mountains of ice" over three miles thick (that will bury Canada and push southward across the US), the sea levels will likely drop over 200 feet, as has happened time and again.

      Some verifiable facts (unlike what much of the key IPCC reports are based upon) about the Earths more recent periods of "global warming" and ice ages can be seen at:


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