This blogpost and the accompanying pictures say all there is to be said about the current scares over ‘melting’ polar icecaps.
There can be no doubt that if pictures like the one above had been taken yesterday rather than 50 years ago there would have been an almighty outcry over man made global warming.
As it is its clear that ice cover fluctuated wildly in the past.
Interestingly even The Independent starts to question the influence the Sun might be having on our world temperatures.
Is this the big chill?
Could the Sun play a greater role in recent climate change than has been believed?
No living scientist has seen it behave this way. There are no sunspots.
Our Sun is the primary force of the Earth’s climate system … It lies behind every aspect of the Earth’s climate … When the Sun has gone quiet like this before, it coincided with the earth cooling slightly … it could alter all our predictions of climate change … our understanding of climate change might not be anywhere near as good as we thought.