DDT & The Arctic – More Warming Alarmist Hysteria From The Guardian

Polar Bear picture must be Arctic Climate of Fear....again

The last week has seen the resurgence of the Climate of Fear from the Church of Climatology, fear of everything from war caused by Anthropogenic Global Warming, fear that Climate Realists are as big a threat as Hitler was, and now in this latest piece of pure distortion from the Guardian, fear that the supposedly melting polar ice is now definitely releasing banned chemicals like DDT back into the environment.

This post compares 2 different pro AGW sources on the story, when comparing the 2 it is difficult to believe that the Guardian is covering the same story:

Warming brings old pollutants back News24.com:

Paris – “Dirty Dozen” chemicals, including the notoriously toxic DDT, are being freed from Arctic sea ice and snow through global warming, a study published on Sunday suggested.

The “Dirty Dozen” – formally known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) – were widely used as insecticides and pesticides before being outlawed in 2001.

They are extremely tough molecules that take decades to break down in nature. They also bio-accumulate, meaning that as they pass up the food chain, concentrations rise, posing a fertility threat to higher species.

In addition, they are insoluble in water and easily revolatilise, so can swiftly transit from soil and water to the atmosphere in response to higher temperatures.

The study, published in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change, looked at atmospheric concentrations of three chemicals – DDT, HCH and cis-chlordane – monitored between 1993 and 2009 at a station in Norway’s Svalbard Islands and at another in the Canadian Arctic.

The scientists indeed found a long-term downward trend in primary emissions after the Stockholm Convention banned production and trade in the “Dirty Dozen”.

But a more complex and disturbing picture emerged when the same data was crunched through a simulation of the effect of global warming on POP concentrations.

This post at least mentions that yet another unreliable and wholly inaccurate climate model was used to “crunch” the data.

Arctic warming could undermine global efforts to reduce environmental and human exposure to these toxic chemicals”, it warned.

The key word here being could, over at the Guardian:

The warming of the Arctic is releasing toxic chemicals that had been trapped in the ice and cold water, scientists have discovered.

Amazing how at News24 the report suggests that this could be a problem, yet at the Guardian it is definitely a problem, and though no one knows what quantities of these chemicals are trapped in the polar ice, we should of course all be very afraid.

What neither article mentions is that work on bacteria to accelerate the breakdown of DDT is well established with 4 bacterial strains that have proved very effective in accelerating the breakdown of DDT.

About Tory Aardvark

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Posted on July 25, 2011, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Church Of Climatology, Climategate, Fear, Green Lies, Junk Science, ManBearPig and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

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